It’s one of those things that we think about here and there but we don’t always do something about it. It’s our ongoing development — learning new things, training in new areas and growing as business owners.
Why is it?
As virtual support professionals we are all unique, but we also have common traits … one is that we genuinely care about the success of the people we work with … and another is we quite put ourselves second. So while we know it’s important to continue growing and learning, we often put it on the back burner because our clients need us.
I’d love to see this change to where every virtual support professional out there recognizes the need to continue learning and invests time, energy and even financially in areas that will support their growth.
Development can be done in many different ways … I’m not saying you need to pull our your wallet continuously here … in some cases it’s best that you do but there are lots of ways to continue learning, training and growing as business owners. Here’s just a few ways:
Subscribe to ecourses/ezines
While it’s true that I have unsubscribed from a ton of lists over the last few months, subscribing to fr-ee ecourses and ezines is a great way to receive great quality information and support. Depending on which you subscribe to, you could learn about current and upcoming trends, new technology, more efficient ways of doing things etc. Great thing is it’s easy to discontinue your subscription whenever you don’t find it useful anymore.
Register for teleclasses
Teleclasses are a great way to get great information. There’s really no shortage of both fr-ee and lost teleclasses out there so take advantage of the content. In most cases the host will provide the recording link that you can use to download and listen to at your convenience so you can listen to over and over again at your convenience.
Sign up for fr-ee trials
Isn’t it amazing how much technology is available out there to help us do our work? Every week I hear about new programs out there – it’s incredibly interesting but can also be a little intimidating! How can you keep up? In many cases online programs offer a fr-ee trial membership – THE perfect opp for you to sign up and play around in the program. Take advantage of this — that’s what it’s there for!
Register for paid training
About two years ago Tina and I started talking about how the VA world was changing significantly … business owners were wanting to hire specific specialists to take care of specific pieces of their business.
This continues to grow and sorry folks but it’s not going to change. Business owners will continue to look for specialists to look after their affiliate management, their online video strategies, their social media, their eCommerce, their product launches etc. If you are interested in specializing in a specific area, get out there and invest in some good training.
It’s no secret that we offer skills development training at HotSkillsVATraining.com — we’re passionate about this and in 2011 we’ll continue to bring more training programs to the table. It’s a great time to get out there and sign up for quality programs — our industry has fantastic programs to support your development.
Hire a Mentor or Coach
It’s just like with exercise — if you have a partner that keeps you accountable, you’re more likely to do out for your workout than if you did it alone. The same goes for your business — you have goals but you may find it challenging to accomplish those goals because you’re so busy working on accomplishing your client’s goals.
By working with a coach you can create a structure to ensure your goals will be met, then create your plan of attack then be kept accountable to make sure you don’t get off track and behind in creating what YOU want for your business. Yes it means an investment in
most cases BUT it’s well worth it if you work with the right person.
SO there you have it — just a few ways to continue your journey as a successful business owner. What will you do differently to make sure you take care of your development? Share with us below.
By the way … if you’re looking for a Mentor, talk to us — we can help!