I received this question from a lady who is nervous about starting her Virtual Assistant business:
“I am 50 years old and and have been working as an administrator for over 25 years now with 15 years of banking experience as well. I love to work and I just do not care for the corporate world. I just want to do my job and be left alone while I do it. I am not comfortable working for myself, but it seems the way to go. My main problem is that I am nervous. I want to jump into this one minute but the next minute, I stop because I do not know where to start, or how to get out there.”
It really sounds like you have great experience to build on for your Virtual Assistant business. You have 25 years of administrative experience, including 15 years of banking experience. What an excellent base to start with.
You also sound comfortable about working on your own, which is also another great thing. I spend most of my days working alone, and to be successful at this, you need to be comfortable with that. If you’re the kind of person who would miss the office gossip and water cooler chat, then don’t work from home. However, this doesn’t apply to you, as it sounds as if you may thrive working for yourself.
Now, about your nervousness. This is a very common thing for most people who are starting out. I was also nervous, and wondered if I would ever get any clients, what I would do ONCE I got clients – i.e. what if I made mistakes and messed up the work, what if I didn’t get paid, what if I gave up my ‘secure’ job and then couldn’t make it work etc etc etc.
Then once I did start marketing my business the nervousness continued. I went to networking events to promote my business. I was scared of talking to people I didn’t know. Sometimes I had to stand up in front of groups of people i.e. public speaking, which was even worse.
I also put ads in the local paper and tried lots of other things to market my business. What if I made a mistake with my marketing and wasted time and money?! Would it be at all worth it?
I also remember when the phone rang for the first time with my very first client. Boy, was I nervous!
But I went ahead and did it anyway. I learned to get comfortable with feeling fear – if that’s at all possible. I wanted to work from home as a Virtual Assistant so badly, that I was prepared to do anything (almost!) to achieve it.
Sometimes I felt like giving up. Like you, sometimes I made a start and then ran out of steam. But I pressed on, and did what I could, when I could.
You must take baby steps. Just tiny steps at a time to increase your confidence.
Don’t give up your full-time job yet, if you have one. Draw up a plan of small things to achieve on your evenings and weekends. You won’t get there overnight, but if you keep at it, you will.
Sometimes it may seem that everything is taking so long to happen, but in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t really that long at all before I was able to work from home full-time.
I wish you all the very best of luck!