People often start a Virtual Assistant business because they want to improve their quality of life. But often times the business ends up ruling their entire life and things get even more frenzied than when they just had a regular job. Unhappiness and frustration start to set it, and the owner starts dreaming about having a “real” job again, “because at least when I’m done for the day, I’m off.”
The problem isn’t the VA business, the problem is you. You can build a better, stronger and more enjoyable business if you want to. You just need to know where to start.
Each day’s schedule might have some items the same, and some will be different. In order to be successful you need to develop a time management plan for yourself. If you don’t have a plan then you risk misusing your time which could really downgrade your profit ability.
Creating a time management plan keeps you from wasting time and makes every hour count. Creating a time management plan is imperative if you want to be successful.
There are so many fabulous tools available today to help you run your VA business efficiently.
After reading this, I suggest that you sign up for Asana. It’s free and will help you stay organized from day one. Implement a project management system right away so you get into the habit. You may not have any clients right now, but you can still use it to keep yourself organized. I have several different projects inside of my Asana, one for this site, one for my VA business, one for each client and even one for my personal stuff.
There are several other project management systems out there, but Asana is FREE and works just as well as some of the paid ones. Keep your budget low to start. You can upgrade to paid programs as your business grows.
Once you download Asana you will also want to get yourself a calendar so you can plan out your day. I suggest using a digital calendar such as Google Calendar or iCal. That way you can take your calendar with you everywhere. I used to use a paper planner but it was a pain to bring on trips with me. Just use whatever works for you, it’s all personal preference when it comes to choosing the right programs for your business. What works today might not work in 6 months when your business grows. So just do what works best for today.
Time management is an essential element in creating success. Most successful people live and die by their calendars. When you meet someone and wonder how in the world they do it all, it’s most likely because they have a well-coordinated schedule that allows them to accomplish as much as possible in a day.
Now go ahead and get started!
From the email of Military Virtual Assistants