No. Whilst you are not sharing an office with a group of people, you are in constant contact with your clients and associates, whether it be on the phone, email or Skype. You are communicating all the time. Your office time is also of course interspersed with attending networking events in order to build your business and forge useful relationships. You have the opportunity to be part of a larger VA community, whether it’s through creating your own support network of associate VAs with whom you share information, or the wider VA community.
Many potential VAs make the crucial mistake of thinking that to be a VA all you need is a computer, a desk and an internet connection. WRONG! It’s not about simply using your PA or administrative experience to provide VA services to a range of clients. You will need to be a business owner and have the mindset of a business owner too and that requires another set of skills entirely. The ability to actually run your business will be key to your success.
Many who have tried to set up on their own have taken longer to get their business established, and of course, as people like James Caan and Doug Richards who are successful entrepreneurs, they have stated in many of their talks, that to set up a business without the specialist guidance is not acting smartly. Why would you want to make your own mistakes, learn the hard way and take far longer when you can be mentored and shown the way by someone who has created themselves a successful model, made all the costly mistakes and can help you achieve your goals far quicker? Its costs you more in the long run!