As a virtual assistant, you are an independent contractor which makes you a de facto business owner. Your success will be partially due to the quality work you provide to your clients but the other part is based on how you run your business. It’s vital to be an expert in your area, such as scheduling, marketing, or accounting, and those are skills you will constantly update. But you’ll also need business skills specific to virtual assistants.
Here are some books that help people develop their professional careers in the virtual assistance field.
The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
As you may know, one of the keys to being a successful virtual assistant is efficiency. The 12 Week Year teaches you to conquer procrastination and complacency by reducing the year to twelve weeks. It seems like a simple concept, but the increased sense of urgency will drive you to success.
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
Succeeding as a virtual assistant requires organization and self-discipline. Honing those skills can improve your performance and move your business to the next level. Creating better work habits is the goal of Better Than Before, a guide in which Rubin includes all the examples and ideas you need to fine-tune your virtual work life.
5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins
Robbins invokes the science of habit to teach you how to change yours in this insightful and blunt guide to improving your performance. The 5 Second Rule is a powerful tool used by top executives and top producers to motivate, organize, and inspire great work from themselves and their teams. It will help you end your struggles with fear and uncertainty so you can move your professional career, and your personal life, forward.
But I’m Not An Expert by Meera Kothand
Imposter syndrome, that feeling like someone is going to find out you are not really the expert you purport to be, can hold you back at any stage of your professional career. Kothand not only addresses that failure of confidence we all experience but provides some practical ways to move past it and build the social proof you need to convince yourself and others of your expert status.
VA VA Voom by Rosie Shilo
Shilo lays it all out for virtual assistants in this comprehensive guide to setting up your business and wowing your clients. VA VA Voom includes insights gathered directly from business owners into what they need and want from a VA, so you can present each of your clients with everything on their wish list. The tips included in this guide can help you land new clients and build long-term client relationships.
Being a virtual assistant can be isolating. You work alone from home and don’t necessarily have colleagues to rely on when making decisions about your business. At Milrich Virtual Professionals we develop a supportive network around our virtual assistants to counteract the feeling that you are out there on your own. We provide training and enrichment seminars to help our virtual assistants grow in their profession, and now we are offering the Milrich Virtual Professionals course to the public. Click here to learn more and register for your first class.