If you’re a newbie VA, one of the first things you’ll look at is finding the best virtual assistant course. I am probably going to get very nasty emails about this post – I know there are going to be good friends who think I’m being unreasonable, picking on people who offer training, and who cut off all contact with me. I had second, third and fourth thoughts on writing it, but felt it needed to be said:
What to avoid in a Virtual Assistant Coach
Now I am going to put a disclaimer here:
VA coaching can be very, very good – I’ve paid for some myself, I have been lucky enough to review a few others, and there are some extremely competent coaches out there who will shortcut your journey to running a successful VA business. I also believe that people’s time is worth money, and if they are teaching you how to make more money with your business, that has a value which you should pay for. I’m definitely not anti-coaching, nor am I anti-capitalist – everyone deserves to make a living.
I occupy a fairly unique position in the VA industry – I make money from my VA business and SVA is run as a side project which( just about!) covers its costs via people donating time and money to help, buying the SVA products, buying our recommended reading via our Amazon link, accessing the SVA Premier content, and joining us in the Big Meet. I freely list any event or product which might be useful to UK VAs, and I’m happy to help anyone who is out to improve the industry. Therefore I can say the things which a lot of people won’t admit (see The 6 Figure VA)
But there are coaches out there who are, quite frankly, charging for professional advice which is (at best) misguided, and (at worst) downright erroneous. I am not naming any names here – but if you recognise yourself, think again about marketing your services to SVA members, because they’ll be asking you some difficult questions after reading this article! It contains some essential insider info for those entering the industry – given freely and without strings. Continue reading