10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Being Hired As a Virtual Assistant or Online Business Manager

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If you’ve been a Virtual Assistant or Online Business Manager for longer than a day, you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of us out there. We’re everywhere! And that can feel overwhelming -- how do you compete? Well, the first step is to recognize that there is no competition, there truly are enough clients for all of us and recognizing that you are your own competition may be just the mindset shift you need!  With that said, there are also some practical steps you can take to make yourself be seen as the bright, shining star that you are and to stand out from what I call “the sea of sameness.” 

Here are 10 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Being
Hired As a Virtual Assistant or Online Business Manager

1. Not Knowing Your Ideal Cient

You’ve probably heard the ole’ adage “When you talk to everyone, you talk to no one.”  If you’re’ in the process of being hired, it should always be with your ideal client. You don’t want to be hired by just anyone you want to be hired by your dream clients! Solidify who you are, what you do, how you want to show up in the world, and why you are the best option for your potential clients, so they see you, love you, and hire you!

2. Limiting Your Reach

While you want to be enthusiastic about the position you are being hired for, it may be best not to put all your hope in that one position.  What I mean by that is that you should keep your mind open for other opportunities as well so get comfortable with putting your hat in the ring for a lot of opportunities, #jobopps and seeing where it leads.

3. Letting Fear Prevent You from Taking Action

Many Virtual Support Pros (Virtual Assistants and Online Business Managers) are introverts so communicating your value on the spot, such as discovery calls and Facebook hiring posts can feel scary. Fear is powerful, and it doesn’t have to control you. Overcome your fear by working on your mindset, practicing your discovery call questions, and creating canned answers for why you’re the best person for the role.

4. Lack of Preparation

Always be prepared! That is the Boy Scout motto after all. If the badge-wearing boys always prepared, you should be too. When you’re prepared, you are going to be able to showcase your strengths and stand out to them better. Preparation during the hiring process means having done your research on who the potential client is, what type of business they have, what their current holes or needs are in their business and what the nonnegotiables are in who they’re hiring. Check out their website, social media, podcast and/or blog posts to come into the discovery call fully prepared!

5. Showing Up As Someone You’re Not

Having a personality is okay and it’s a huge part of your unique selling point. As you have surely heard many times: be authentic. You’re being hired for your skill set, abilities, and even your personality. You're here to shine, be seen, and make a difference in this world. You can’t do that pretending to be someone else or hiding the parts of yourself that are important. People hire people they like and trust -- so show them that this is you!

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6. Failing to Highlight Your Strengths

You may get caught up in all the areas you lack, or feel weak, in. Focusing on those areas won’t get you anywhere. Instead, focus on your strengths. What are you good at? It’s okay to admit your weaknesses, and it’s important to also highlight your strengths.

7. Not Asking Questions

Show that you are truly interested and excited to be hired by asking your own questions. What’s working, or not working, in their business? What’s working with them or their team like? How do they handle times when things don’t go according to plan? The discovery call is an opportunity not only for them to decide if you’re a good fit but also for you to decide if they’re a good fit. So bring your questions!

8. Letting The Potential Client Lead The Next Steps

You’re the captain of this ship and need to guide the next steps. Let them know that you’ll be sending them a proposal by “x-day” and what the next steps are once they decide they want to work with you.  If you don’t hear from them after you’ve sent the proposal, follow up...several times. Remember that most people don’t follow up because they’re busy, not because they’re jerks so follow up is often appreciated and needed.

9. Being a Jack of All Trades and a Master of None

Some who are seeking to hire you will want you to take on one job that is actually meant for five people. Don’t take on a job that is meant for more than one person, just because you have skills in many different areas. You don’t want to find yourself sucked into that. Instead, hone in on your superpower and get hired for the right reason.

10. Ignoring the red flags

Whether you recognize the red flags, or you simply get a bad gut feeling, pay attention. There could be a reason you’re feeling that way, and sometimes it’s more than just fear. Evaluate the facts and pinpoint what doesn’t sit right with you. Politely let them know that while you appreciate their time, you don’t feel like you’d be a great fit for their needs, send them a couple of referrals if possible, and move on to better things if it is not the right fit.

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Let me know in the comments which mistakes you’ve made and how you overcame them!