John Holt suggested that you “learn all you can on your own before you spend any money on a school.” So when I got a bee in my bonnet to learn more about working a s a virtual assistant, I headed to the library. Our library had an ancient book (published in 2005!) called The 2-Second Commute. Not exactly cutting edge information, but it was a great intro to the topic, and only made me want to learn more.
Then Amy Lynn Andrews suggested The Bootstrap VA by Lisa Morosky. I take Amy’s advice very seriously because she knows everything! So I bought Lisa’s book. If you are at all interested in working from home as a virtual assistant, you should do the same! Lisa’s book tells about her experience as a beginner and then a successful VA who managed her own employees. She is honest about the struggles and the advantages of this work.
Her own story is supplemented with stories from other working VAs. It’s great to sit in on this master class, and learn from women who are doing just the sort of work that you want to do. Lisa has also created a private Facebook group where VAs share advice, pass on leads, and compare best practices. It’s great on-the-job development.
The Bootstrap VA is well organized and includes great advice for all entrepreneurs who are just starting out. Lisa walks you through crafting business plan detailing what you do, who you serve, and where you are headed. The book includes a 30 day reading and action plan to help you make real progress in your learning. It’s also jam packed with links to helpful outside resources.
Lisa’s book helped launch me into the work I’m doing now. I get the chance to work with and learn from some of the smartest, most big-hearted women around. It’s truly a blessing.