Many new virtual assistants trying to over-complicate things start out, thinking that they need to learn tons of new skills to get started. The thing is, when you’re always ready to start and get your first customers?
Learn new skills is great, but it can become a procrastination technique because you’re afraid to fail if you hang publicly shingle and start looking for clients. “If I can learn these new skills and new skills, so maybe I’ll be ready and customers will want to hire me.”
Many new virtual assistants will also undertake to learn new skills because they are uncertain about what they can offer and they do not realize that they already have some valuable skills and knowledge that they can use. But instead of getting the foundation for their business set up correctly and that the search for customers, they keep coming out more and more money, take one course after another, after another, building a list of skills that they may not once to use when they have actually customers.
I recommend to define and start using skills you already have. It is very unlikely that you have no talent at all. If you have ever had a job, worked as an apprentice or trainee, or even offered you have developed the skills of any kind. You may have taken a course or training before where you have developed some skills.
Make a list of all possible work-related skills you have developed, all the technology and software that you know how to use it, the soft skills you have, and all of the interests and hobbies you have, as well as any skills or knowledge learned from them.
Why discuss your hobbies and interests?
You actually may be able to draw on the knowledge and skills you have learned or developed, and incorporate them into your business. Allow yourself to think out of the box! There may be services that you can offer customers, or you can seek out customers who work in industries related interests or hobbies. If you have a particular interest, knowledge and understanding of the business potential customer or industry, which could give you an advantage over other virtual assistants and open more opportunities for you.
Identifying the skills you already have and focuses on offering the potential customer gives you a place to start now. These are skills that you already know how to do, and the main thing is to get customers and get some income flowing in now. It is important. You can worry about learning new skills later and add them to the list of services that you go.
The more customers you work with, you will discover who your ideal customers are and what kinds of things they need help with. If you find many of them need help to areas that you do not have experience or you do not know how to do, and you are interested in learning or to develop the skills, then you can look to take more training the area.