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Do a search for ‘how to become a virtual assistant‘ and you’ll get a slew of information provided by a variety of sources from Entrepreneur .com to some obviously uninformed authors who are looking to increase traffic to their website by using a popular search term. In fact, the search I did for this post 10 minutes ago returned over 5 million hits. Sounds like an abundance of information available at your fingertips doesn’t it?
Sure. That is if you want to spend thousands of hours sifting through tons of inaccurate information and just plain nonsense. Oh and don’t forget, if you’re doing the search in the first place you most likely don’t know what is valid information and what’s not. You could spend all of those hours only to find yourself more confused that you were before you started reading. Trust me, I know.
I hear from wanna-be, new and struggling virtual assistants and virtual paralegals every week wondering how in the world I built a successful business.
I started out like many of the rest of you, with perhaps two major exceptions. One, I was unemployed and desperate. And two, I had some experience running my own craft based business way back in the dark ages; otherwise known as my twenties. The desperation gave me the motivation I needed to do the trial and error thing over and over and over again. If something didn’t work, I had no choice but to try something else. The craft business experience gave me a tiny bit of business owner knowledge of things like business structure, licensing and registration that I wouldn’t have had a clue about otherwise. Truthfully, the desperation was a bigger benefit, but those two items are the only things I may have started out with that other virtual assistant wanna-bes might not have the benefit of.
So how did I build a successful business?