Hey fellow Virtual Assistants! Can I get your help with something? I know your natural response is ‘Sure!’
It’s in our nature. VAs are support professionals – we are giving, we are … well, supportive!
It’s a funny thing that happens when you take an administrative role with any company (and face it, that’s where most of us got our expertise – by being someone’s secretary, right?). We become the ‘yes’ person:
Can you organize this? Yes.
Can you contact that guy about this? Yes.
Can you find out how to do this? Yes.
We are always picking up new things to do and our expertise grows quickly.
When we transition to running our own business, this habit does not go away. Our talents can expand tenfold quickly when we start our VA business. There is so much to learn, so many services to specialize in, and the options are limitless. But now we are the ones in charge of the decisions.
We get to choose what we do, who we support, who we can help. The transition from a support role who is reactive to a business professional who is proactive is an easy step for some. It’s not as easy for others. That’s when something really beautiful happens in our industry.
We share, we bond, we support. Yes, we continue to do this with our clients, but we also start to do it with our peers.
The VA industry is one of the most supportive and collaborative industries I have ever come across. When we do something interesting or exciting, we tell our colleagues about it. When we find something neat that helps us in our business, we share it with them. When we struggle with our clients, we share that too. When others are sharing, we step up, often in great numbers, to lift and support the person who is struggling. It’s amazing. And it’s wonderful!
You have probably noticed these same things in your journey as a VA. It’s very prevalent – very hard to miss if you are hanging out anywhere other VAs hang out. It makes us feel good to help others improve.
And helping others is also beneficial for your own business – when you give help, you will always receive help back when you need it (and we all need it sometimes!).
What opportunities have you taken to help other VAs? What help have you sought? Whether you just offer advice in the various VA forums, volunteer in a VA association, or mentor other VAs who aren’t quite as far along as you are, your support is invaluable to those who are struggling.
Our industry has grown so much in the last several years, and that is a testament to VAs like you who help others get further in their business than they could alone. It’s in your nature. Keep it up! We’ll all go farther together!
Tracey D’Aviero is a veteran VA and Founder of Your VA Mentor. Tracey trains and mentors professional women and men who are brand new to the VA industry or who have been struggling to make their business successful. Her mission is to educate professionals on how to build and grow successful and profitable virtual businesses in the VA industry by implementing systems and smart principles. Contact Tracey for speaking engagements, group training or private coaching at www.yourvamentor.com.