I’ve been an actual Virtual Assistant for about 3 1/2 years now, and in the real estate industry for 8.
My first 3 paying clients came from Craigslist. I had one client who wanted me to visit his house and brush the cat hair off his couch. I had another who wanted to pay me $10 to develop a spreadsheet of no less than 500 lines – about 4 days worth of work. One guy in his 40’s asked me to “re-sculpt” his body in about 150 pictures of him in Cabo with underage girls.
Did I ever whine about it? Probably. To my husband out of frustration, but I knew there was something there for me, something I just hadn’t connected with yet. Did I whine to the people in my industry who had already made it, or were in the process of making it? NO!
The people that whine and complain that they can’t find business frustrate me to no end. “I don’t like twitter or facebook, and I can’t put together a website, but I want to be a VA and I can’t find work”. Excuse me while I call the Whaaaa-mbulance.
Why would a potential client hire a “VA” (and I’m using that term loosely here) with that kind of attitude? How can someone like that help another business succeed? Success is a mind trick that we play on ourselves, not an actual state of being.
Realtors: When you became licensed and went out for that first sale, did someone HAND it to you? Did they point you to the big, bottomless Fountain of Awesome Clients? NO! You had to get out there and push yourself, do things you didn’t want to do, work with people you didn’t want to work with and pretend you were some sort of expert when you weren’t quite there yet.
We’ve all been there. It’s what makes us stronger and better at our jobs. It’s what pushes us to find that next client and still be completely thrilled by it years later. It’s what makes us successful by our own definition.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, I don’t have crazy clients anymore. First of all, I won’t work with them. But more importantly, the crazies don’t contact me anymore. I’m no longer the desperate pushover they can smell all the way across the internet.