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Do you #HateLike your VA clients? 

They’re decent people who do good work. They always pay you on time, and you’re happy to work with them because they’re lovely.

But is there a teeny-tiny part of you that also hates them?

Does this sound familiar?

  • The tasks they assign you are a teeny bit boring.
  • Your ideas are ignored when you speak up.
  • They ring you whenever they like and expect you always to answer.

Even though they pay for only a fraction of your time, and you’re not as involved in their business as you’d like.

You KNOW you can help them in so many other ways, but despite your best efforts, you can’t shift the label of being the “helper” or “admin”.

It might not seem like it now as they’re nice people, but these are non-ideal clients for you.

Benefits of the ‘non-ideal’ clients

Here’s the good news…

VA-ing with non-ideal clients and doing less than interesting work helps you figure out who you do like supporting and the type of work that fulfils you.

Plus, you’ve already done the hardest part which is setting up your own business. Wherever you go from here will be based on leaning into your true feelings and then taking the right action.

Learn from my experience

Sat at the desk

A story for you:

I realised I hated ad hoc client work because it made me feel like I was doing the bare minimum for the client, and I didn’t have the opportunity to shine.

My clients were happy, but I felt I was doing a rubbish job because I knew I was capable of helping them in so many more ways. And it wasn’t aligned with what I did best.

But if I hadn’t offered ad hoc services right at the beginning, I wouldn’t have learned this lesson.

If you feel like the VA title is holding you back, but you aren’t sure where to go next, here are five tips that can help you build your confidence to make the next move.

1. Develop a growth mindset

Keep soaking up all that juicy knowledge that’s directly relevant to your business. Invest in training. Learn every single day. Just don’t fall into the trap of confusing motion with action. If you find yourself learning all this stuff but not making any changes, you might need to call yourself out in that internal BS.

2. Know what you’re good at and where you’re going

One way to boost your confidence as a business owner is to have a clear understanding of what you’re good at AND a clear vision for where you’re heading. We’re not just talking SMART goals – think SMARTEST goals. Having goals mapped out means you’ll feel more motivated by the incremental measurements of success.

3. Stay positively realistic

Negativity will quickly reduce your motivation and suck your energy to move forward. When you surround yourself with positive people, thoughts and energy, all while being realistic about what’s achievable, you will become more encouraged and productive. Surround yourself with positive influences – like working with an accountability buddy. These will give you the extra push when you are feeling unmotivated and be able to help you stay on track.

4. Move past self-doubt

Ack, self-doubt puts a damper on far too many ideas before they’ve even been given a chance. If you are afraid of moving forward, despite believing you have a great idea, break it down into those baby steps. Remember – success never comes overnight – it will only ever come over time. Recognise that the negative self-talk is trying to protect you by keeping you small, and keep taking the right next step towards your goals.

5. Celebrate the small stuff

When you invest in a training course that’s going to progress your career more quickly, celebrate that decision. Or when you sign your first ideal client, celebrate that action. When you sell your first ebook, celebrate that sale. Those little happy dances will serve as a reminder of how flippin’ talented you are and that you can reach your goals and have success in your business.

While I’m here to support you if you decide you want to progress from VA to something more, it’s ultimately up to you where you take your business next. Following the above advice will help to guide you toward what you need to do to improve your business and prove to yourself that you can succeed, whatever you decide to do.