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Ep 40: Changes

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Something all business owners need to face from time to time is change.

As Greek philosopher Heraclitus said: “The only constant in life is change”.

How you respond to those changes will determine your success – or failure – in business.

Shows referenced:

Business Peaks and Troughs

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 39: Should Cost of Living Count?

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We hear it a lot when there are discussions around VA rates. That your cost of living should factor in … but how much of a role should it really play?

References:

Starting a Business in Vanuatu

Other shows about rates:

What Do I Charge

Let’s Talk About Rates

Worth v Value

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 38: Worth v Value

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As globalisation makes it easier for clients to connect with service providers outside their home countries, today’s VA really needs to work smarter to attract those clients, and taking a look at their perceived “worth” and then focusing on client needs is a good place to start. Provide value and your worth will increase.

Referenced shows:

Let’s Talk About Rates

VA Trainers – Do Your Homework

What Do I Charge?

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 37: Let’s Talk About Rates Baby

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There are always lots of discussions around rates in the VA industry. How to charge. What to charge. Charging enough. Not enough.

In this podcast I cover some recent discussions around rates, things to think about when setting your rate, and whether your experience in an office and your location need to be taken into account.

I also mention Nina Feldman’s handy pricing worksheet during the show, which you can find here:

Pricing Worksheet

 

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 36: VA Training – Do Your Homework

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Previously I’ve said that I didn’t think it was necessary for VAs to have training – however with the evolution of the VA industry and so many new VAs coming from little to no experience in an office or admin environment, and others straight from school, getting training in running a business, or a specialist niche area, is probably advisable for some. However, not all trainers are alike. You have to do your homework and ensure you’re getting what you pay for! Do your research and ensure your trainer knows what they’re talking about! Check their background and credentials before you part with your money.

Remember: the VA industry is unregulated and there is no over-arching regulating/certifying body … therefore NO training can be “certified”. Getting a certificate at the end of a training isn’t the same as that training being certified. The articles I mention in the podcast are linked below:

I also include reference to what I consider legitimate, valuable trainers and organisations.  I’ve included links to those below:

For specialist Author and Speaker Assistant training visit here.

This should be plenty to get you on the road to a successful VA practice!

 

History of the VA Industry infographic – find it here.

 

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 40: Changes

Share

Something all business owners need to face from time to time is change.

As Greek philosopher Heraclitus said: “The only constant in life is change”.

How you respond to those changes will determine your success – or failure – in business.

Shows referenced:

Business Peaks and Troughs

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 39: Should Cost of Living Count?

Share

We hear it a lot when there are discussions around VA rates. That your cost of living should factor in … but how much of a role should it really play?

References:

Starting a Business in Vanuatu

Other shows about rates:

What Do I Charge

Let’s Talk About Rates

Worth v Value

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 38: Worth v Value

Share

As globalisation makes it easier for clients to connect with service providers outside their home countries, today’s VA really needs to work smarter to attract those clients, and taking a look at their perceived “worth” and then focusing on client needs is a good place to start. Provide value and your worth will increase.

Referenced shows:

Let’s Talk About Rates

VA Trainers – Do Your Homework

What Do I Charge?

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 37: Let’s Talk About Rates Baby

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There are always lots of discussions around rates in the VA industry. How to charge. What to charge. Charging enough. Not enough.

In this podcast I cover some recent discussions around rates, things to think about when setting your rate, and whether your experience in an office and your location need to be taken into account.

I also mention Nina Feldman’s handy pricing worksheet during the show, which you can find here:

Pricing Worksheet

 

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show

Ep 36: VA Training – Do Your Homework

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Previously I’ve said that I didn’t think it was necessary for VAs to have training – however with the evolution of the VA industry and so many new VAs coming from little to no experience in an office or admin environment, and others straight from school, getting training in running a business, or a specialist niche area, is probably advisable for some. However, not all trainers are alike. You have to do your homework and ensure you’re getting what you pay for! Do your research and ensure your trainer knows what they’re talking about! Check their background and credentials before you part with your money.

Remember: the VA industry is unregulated and there is no over-arching regulating/certifying body … therefore NO training can be “certified”. Getting a certificate at the end of a training isn’t the same as that training being certified. The articles I mention in the podcast are linked below:

I also include reference to what I consider legitimate, valuable trainers and organisations.  I’ve included links to those below:

For specialist Author and Speaker Assistant training visit here.

This should be plenty to get you on the road to a successful VA practice!

 

History of the VA Industry infographic – find it here.

 

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – The Virtual Business Show