When starting your VA business, chances are you will probably working another job at the same time. It will not be easy, but I will tell you from first-hand experience that it is possible. You’re going to have to say “no” to going out with friends, and you may sacrifice a little sleep. It takes diligence, determination, and a lot of hard work, but in the end, it’s worth it.
I worked my VA business on the side of my full-time job for 6 months. I worked before and after work, in pockets of time, and late at night. It took a lot of trial and error, I wasn’t perfect, and I made mistakes. But, I also learned a lot that can hopefully help others in their journey.
Time Management Is Key
We only get 24 hours in the day. Trust me; I wish it were more. But we have to make the most of those 24 hours every day. When our full-time job pulls us away from building our dreams for roughly 8 hours of those 24 that leaves us with 16 hours.
Sounds like a lot, right? Factor in 6-8 hours of sleep, 1-2 hours for cooking/household chores, commute time, family time, necessary errands, showering/getting ready, etc. and your time for working your VA business is drastically cut down to roughly 4-6 hours a day.
What you do in those 4-6 hours is essential. You need to block out those hours, turn off the TV, and work hard. Don’t allow the comfy couch or internet distract you. Something that helped me was on days that I knew I had a lot of work to do and I was feeling tired or easily distracted; instead of going home after work I would go straight to a coffee shop to get in a few hours of work. Helps me to avoid the temptations of naps. Remember, you’re doing this so that one day, these 4-6 hours will be all you have to work.
Be Upfront With Your Clients
Don’t hide the fact that you have a full-time job from your clients. Be open and honest about your schedule and your availability. Let them know you will be working in odd hours and that you may not be able to respond to emergency requests. If they are not okay with that, then they are not your ideal client.
A lot of potential clients will be more than willing to work around your schedule, as long as you can guarantee the work will get done by their deadlines. Sometimes this means working deadlines a day in advance. Keep your clients updated regarding the status of your work and give them plenty of notice for any changes.
Remember It Will Not Be Like This Forever
There will be long nights. And there will be days that you feel like giving up. But remember, you’re working this hard so that one day you don’t have to. Keep that in mind on those tough days.
And it may be sooner than you think! If you work an hourly, shift job, consider the possibility of being able to work only four days a week. Determine how much money you need to make a week in client work to give up one day of work at your other job. If the possibility is there, do it! Offer your shifts to someone else who may want the extra work or talk to your manager about dropping down to four days a week. Just remember, keep in mind your minimums for things like health benefits and 401k offerings.
Not many people have the freedom to quit their current job to build up their VA business from the ground up. There is going to be an overlap, but it’s 100% doable. The sooner you start, the sooner you will be able to say “bye-bye” to that full-time job and “hello” to the work at home lifestyle.
Love the idea of starting your own VA business, but have no idea where to start? Email me and let’s chat about getting you on your way to starting your own business!