I hate to break it to you. Even the most amazing virtual assistant on the planet might not be able to help you.
That’s right I said it.
And no, I haven’t completely lost my mind.
The thing is, dear small business owner, when things stall out, that bottleneck is on you. Not your $500 an hour business coach, not your $8000 mastermind class, not your VA, and not your clients.
Yep, the problem is you.
You can throw millions of dollars at more How To programs if you want and go through the motions, check things off your list. However, if you’re not one hundred percent committed and take the right actions — actions aligned with you and your business — and if you’re not fully present and accounted for, your business will flop.
Let’s talk cars.
You have all the upgrades. Performance tires, a powerful transmission, heated mirrors, a 10-speaker Bose stereo system, leather upholstery, front and rear cameras…you get the picture. However, you’ve got no motor. You’re not going to get very far, right? You are the motor of your business. Vrooom vrooom. And your VA is the transmission that changes the gears smoothly when the motor’s running.
Because we’re in a unique spot, we get a front row seat on this car ride.
Too often we’ve seen entrepreneurs searching for the magic bullet – the next convention or networking event or business coach that will magically “fix” everything. And believe me, we’ve seen it all. Who wouldn’t like to have that miracle fix? The successful people many entrepreneurs aspire to be, well, what we get to see is the end result, not the messy behind-the-scenes stuff and the years of hard work it took to get there. Just like everything else in life, the road to success is paved with failures and lessons. Hard work and whiskey helps too.
It all starts with a decision, commitment, focus, and consistent action.
If your business isn’t flourishing, maybe it’s time to figure out why. Is it because you have too much to do and not enough hours in the day? Are you spending too much time looking for quick fixes and not enough time doing the fixing? Are you over-committed? Need an accountability buddy?
Don’t get me wrong. Education and networking are necessary for growth and extremely important. Your business won’t grow if you don’t grow and get out of your comfort zone. However, there’s a balance. A virtual assistant is a fabulous resource to take over tasks, make suggestions, and essentially be the Robin to your Batman.
And you also have to spend some time in the trenches, too. That’s small business.
Over the years, I’ve met many solopreneurs who start with guns blazing and then they lose steam. They hire this one and that one and nothing works. Some of it is because of head trash or the fear of missing out on something. Some have tried to force things to happen that really weren’t aligned with their business.
You are the driving force behind your business. We’re here to help and more than happy to do so when you bring the motor.
As always, thanks for reading,