When I started out as a virtual assistant in 2005, it took me 2 years of learning - self teaching, living hand to mouth and wondering if I should give up. This was before the days of social media, Facebook and Twitter didn't exist, it was before the days of drag and drop content management systems like Wordpress or services like Strikingly, before the days of all-in-one business systems like Adobe Business Catalyst, or Rainmaker, and services that allow you to produce beautiful graphics like a pro-designer in minutes such as Canva, also did not exist - Zip - Nada.
There was me, in a flat in Luxor, Egypt in 2005, with a copy of Microsoft Frontpage, Dreamweaver and Photoshop, a computer, an internet connection, an email account, and a lot of determination to make this idea of providing assistance to people online, actually work.
Fast forward and over the years I've seen the industry grow, we have more VAs, more teachers, more systems and tools and more opportunities than you can shake a stick at.
But there are still people who struggle, trying to figure it all out, and we've gone from not enough choice, to perhaps too much, and a lot of VAs find themselves in the centre of a labyrinth, with so many directions to choose, all of them have worked at some point for one person or another, but nobody ever really knows if it's going to work for them.
Then it's a trial and error process, you pick one direction, you get clients, but they're the wrong type of clients for you, so you take another direction, you get the right clients, then you find that your entire day is consumed by your business, and that's not what you wanted for yourself, it's not why you went into this. So you pull back, to regain your health and balance, and you find your income drops and you're back at the centre of the labyrinth. WTF?
You know how I know this? Because I've been there! I also hear stories from other people there too. But I'm very relieved to tell you, that with the right mindset, priorities, customisable strategies and approach, I very quickly (within a year) completely turned my business around, I was working a lot less hours, making a lot more money, hiring a lot more people and positively impacting their lives, and I was able to prioritise my health and wellbeing, and my family, and keep my clients happy too - BOOM!
The First Step
So now I want to share with you, this customised approach to building your business the way YOU want it, because despite everything, you have a choice, and who would have thought it, but you don't build the business and then get the lifestyle like we're all conditioned to believe - it's about choosing your lifestyle first, then creating a solid plan for building a business that will fit in with that, only then, when you put yourself and your life choices first, will your business literally rocket. True Story.
The Next Steps
Now that's only the beginning, but there's a lot more to it, so I've created an event, it's online, it runs for up to 4 weeks, and it's specifically to help you create your most specific, and direct path out of that labyrinth, so you don't keep going around in those circles.
It's about looking at (and finding resolution) to the immediate issues, the weak spots and the problem areas that are the source of the frustrations on the surface, to put changes in place that bring those immediate improvements, then taking success strategies that work, looking at your professional, personal and financial goals and saying THIS is the plan for you, this is the one that will get you there without the crippling financial losses, without the stress and burnout, and without the excessive compromise on your health, family life and daily existence.
It's been quite a journey, but I've really taken my business and lifestyle to an incredible level, one I never thought possible, but it kind of all fell into place, like looking back over events, decisions and results and coming to a realisation, and I started to understand and take action on where I needed to change things, and life now is very different - I can help others everyday, whether that be clients or my Academy members, my developed experience and skills allow me to do 5 and 6 figure product launches for myself and clients, and I have ample time with my family, where I pursue my passions, such as travel, and living abroad full time, hanging out on the beach watching my kids play in the water, and really devoting a lot of my time to personal growth and development, always striving to become a better person.
It will probably come as no surprise that I prefer this life to the one where I was clueless, struggling, couldn't make ends meet, and working all hours. And I know you'd prefer it too, and this is why I want to show you how.
I would like to invite you to this event I'm holding, it starts next week, the 13th of March, and it runs for up to 4 weeks, you can join for 1 week, 2 weeks, or all 4 weeks and there are different levels of support in each, but there are a VERY limited number of spaces, so if you want to become a part of this, please act quickly.