Tips and Techniques for Assistants – Amanda Johnson
Tip number 1
Set your VA business up as a proper business, even if it’s a side hustle. So ensure you have legals in place, contracts, data protection registration, domain specific email address etc.
Tip number 2
Know your core values, live your life by them and run your business with them at the core.
Tip number 3
Know and charge your worth.
Tip number 4
Focus on the outputs, moving forwards and not on perfection.
Tip number 5
Build relationships – senior / junior / peers – those you meet. Remember people do business with people (or human to human) so ensure you are human in your business.
Tip number 6
Treat your VA business as if you were your own client. Spend time every day as the CEO of the business. Even as a singleton in business – you still have the relevant departments of a normal business – ensure you focus on each of those key areas.
Tip number 7
Market your business daily. Just because you have a website or a social media profile, does not mean the clients will come and so it’s about marketing and being visible daily. I am also reverting back to a lot of traditional ways of marketing, so think about what will stand you apart from others. A hand written note or letter in the post will be more memorable than a tweet or a tag on a social media post!
Tip number 8
Always be learning and embrace technology. Although I want you to be open to change and learning new stuff – its more about how you make time for this. It links back into Tip 6 – taking your own business seriously. You need to stay ahead of the curve for both you and your clients.
Tip number 9
Work with a Coach or a Mentor, someone that will allow you to brainstorm brilliance, to bounce ideas off, to be accountable and to receive support and guidance
Tip number 10:
Be You and Be Awesome.
Knowing your unique selling proposition (so not the features of working with you but the benefits of you)