Are you worried that when you start letting people know about your Virtual Assistant services, you’ll be asked to do something that you don’t know how to do? Or are you worried that you’ll be asked to do work at the weekends or return work within unreasonable deadlines? Or maybe you’re worried that no-one’s going to pay you the hourly rate that you want?
These kind of concerns are related to having an employee mindset. An employee would worry that the boss is going to ask them to ‘do stuff’ they don’t know how to do. An employee may feel obliged to work at the weekend, if asked. An employee may worry that they’re not going to get paid what they’re worth.
As a business owner, if you’re asked to do something you don’t know how to do, it’s not a problem. You explain that it’s not a service you currently offer, you let the client know what you CAN DO, and you can refer the work to another Virtual Assistant.
If you’re asked to work at the weekend, or drop everything to get work done the same day, as a business owner it’s your choice whether to do it or not. You also have the power to charge a higher rate, for weekend work or for work that needs a quick turnaround.
As a business owner, you charge what you think you’re worth, giving consideration to the market rate. You don’t allow clients to dictate what they’re going to pay you because you’re not an employee!
Becoming a business owner requires a vital shift in mindset, which won’t happen overnight, but as long as you’re aware of the mindset required, you’ll be fine.