I am one person. Short of not sleeping or maintaining time to be with family, or to make time for myself, I cannot be the expert at everything. I cannot give my best to a wide variety of services. None of us are machines, and this is the reality a solopreneur must embrace from the beginning! I am a writer!
Category: Virtual Assistant
So, as I map out my to-do list for the day I also include time for interruptions. Of course, we wouldn’t be in business if we weren’t being interrupted at some point, right? But, what is the solution to staying on track when we’ve been pulled away? Again, I believe it is communication. I also believe it is collaboration—an agreement of sorts between client/contractor/employee, and this is an integral piece of a smooth-operating team, especially when remote team members are part of the picture.
When hiring a bookkeeper, be very specific in the role that you want the bookkeeper to fill. Do not expect the bookkeeper to be an accountant. A bookkeeper is trained to know basic accounting and financial reporting, in fact, they often supply the financial reports to the accountant, however, a bookkeeper is not trained to fully advise how to set up an accounting system (even though some do, and I have), and they are not fully trained in filing tax returns (such as franchise, year end, and annual types of tax submissions).
As a small business advocate, a soldier for entrepreneurs and fresh-out-of-the-starting-gate solopreneurs, my “Fake It Until You Make It” thoughts focus on the mindset of you are what you think. Think it and you will be it. Don’t listen to the doubting lies in your head, or the loving “suggestions” from family members who don’t understand what you do (for a living), instead, focus on the “I am…”. I am capable. I am worthy of change. I am able to start a business. I am succeeding at business. I am learning. I am being the best that I can be. I am loved. I am supported. I am making a difference in the world. I am doing what I was created to do, and I am doing it well.
Personally, as a virtual assistant, the sense of being a part of a team is both inspiring and encouraging! It keeps in the forefront a sense of who and what we are working towards! (Of course, we’re always working towards helping a business succeed. But this adds the who and why to the equation…it is icing on the cake!)