How to Work Through Your Fear While Creating your Business
Have you ever had a moment while in the process of building your virtual assistant business where a big wall of fear jumped up and stopped you? That’s FEAR!! Yeah, we’ve all been there. So what do you do when you find that your fears get the better of you? First, don’t freak out, because that won’t help you AT ALL! I’m going to show you how to work through your fear below.
Let me tell you a quick story:
Whenever you start something new in your life everything becomes a huge concern. You think all the “ugly thoughts”, and they. are. real ! Not going to lie to you because it will happen. Because it happens to everyone, everywhere.
But YOU are not alone. These are really mindset issues that every new business owner goes through. We’ll be discussing that in an upcoming blog, but for now, read the first few things you can do.
GET PREPARED Y’ALL!!
Follow the “FEAR” path below and let’s try to calm those nerves, ok?
Fear #1: Can I really start a virtual assistant business?
The first thing you need to do is to assess your skills. Do you have skills that can be turned into services? Is there a market that needs the help you want to provide?
Here’s what you do. Take out a piece of paper and fold it in half length-wise so you have two (2) columns. On one side put a title called SKILLS and on the other side, title it SERVICES. Now, take 10 minutes and write down everything you know how to do under the Skills Column, no matter what it is.
On the other column under Services, write down something that you could do with that skill.
Here, I’ll make it easy for you: DOWNLOAD THE WORKSHEET HERE.
Fear #2: What do I do first when it comes to setting up my virtual assistant business?
The first thing you want to do is to carve out some time to work on your business. Put it on your Google Calendar. What? You don’t have one? Then go get one by creating a Google Email Account. Go on, I’ll wait for you right here!
Once you have your calendar set up, go and block out several days where you could work on your business. At least a couple of hours at a time, that seems to work best. Now then, when that time comes up on your calendar, please honor it. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish once you do this a few times.
FOCUSED TIME WORKS BEST!!
Fear #3: How do I get clients? Do I have to sell, sell, sell?
Instead of selling, learn about using a relationship marketing strategy. It’s more about finding where your target market hangs out, showing up there, listening to their needs, getting to know them and sharing what you do to help them.
We’ll talk more about this later. You can join our group to connect with other virtual assistants HERE.
Fear #4: How do I avoid losing momentum or feeling lonely?
You want to get peer and/or mentoring support. Networking with others who are going through the same thing as you is very beneficial. It will also help to work with those who are further along than you on the path, to learn from them and ask for advice.
The best thing is to connect to other people who are either already in business or are just starting out.
Here are a few resources to keep you on track. Check them out.
Join us in our group below for inspiration and additional tips.
Virtual Assistant Facebook Group: Our free, private Facebook group just for virtual assistants to collaborate.