When you first start out with your Virtual Assistant business it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There is so much information out there about setting up your website, marketing, social media…the list is endless.
How do you know what you really need to do and where do you find the information that you need? Finding a mentor is a good place to start.
Why do I need a mentor?
- They can show you the ropes. They can point you in the right direction and give you resources from trusted people.
- They’ve already been there and done that. You can learn from their mistakes—and accomplishments.
Who should be my mentor?
- You want to look for someone who is ahead of you on the business path.
- They should be successful and have already had some struggles to get where they are now.
- Look for a person who is where you want to be.
- It should be someone with a complimentary personality that you would feel comfortable working with.
Where and how do I find my mentor?
Let’s look at my situation for example. I found my mentor Loretta Oliver and took her Transcription Crash Course. I fully
stalked investigated her online and asked around about her reputation. I heard nothing but good things about her. I checked out what she was up to with her businesses. When I saw how much she has accomplished I became thoroughly excited at the thought that I might be able to achieve half of what she’s done.
I knew this was a person that I needed to connect with. After taking Loretta’s course and then working with her on transcription projects (which I still do to date) I sent her an email. I think it said something like, “OMG! You’re my mentor!”
In retrospect, that was probably not the best way to approach the subject. I’m lucky because she’s awesome and she didn’t run for the hills screaming. It’s more customary to first see if the person is offering mentorship (people do this for free and for fee) and then ASK the person—not tell them. Like I said, my situation was a little different. Loretta doesn’t offer a mentoring program at this time so don’t get any ideas;)
However, this is definitely a service that I offer at New VA Advice. You can schedule a free call with me to see if we’d be a good fit, work with me for just an hour to get a plan in place, or we can work together in a group or one-one-one setting. There’s an option for all situations and budgets. Check out my mentoring page today and find your best option.
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