You are not alone!
Networking with other virtual assistants can be both fun and beneficial to your business. The general feeling in the VA world is that we are not “competitors” but colleagues promoting collaboration with each other. Consider this; you come across a client who wants a service that you don’t provide, or perhaps you are in the middle of a project and you get hung up on the software you’re using. Who will you turn to? There is no one sitting at the desk next to you, but there is a whole network of VAs ready to assist you in a matter of moments.
I think Kim Haas, describes it best when she states, “Find a support group who will help you through the rough times. When you feel like giving up, it’s always nice to be involved with a group of women who understand your feelings and who can guide you over the ‘bumps’. You’ll find that other women in business will tell you to never give up–even when things look darkest. “
Note: The following list is just a sampling of the various networking and business groups.
Home-Based Business Associations
Many organizations are available to help home-based businesses succeed. The advantages to joining one or more of these associations include:
- Group health insurance
- Assistance in obtaining merchant account Visa/MasterCard acceptance for your business
- Valuable information targeted for home-based businesses
- Online information
- Phone and travel discounts
- Legislative updates
Pick out several that might interest you and call for additional information.
International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) is an organization for the virtual assisting industry, working to develop and maintain professional standards and help ensure the reputation, growth, and future strength of the industry and its members individually.
Home-Based Working Moms
HBWM is an online community and professional association for parents who work at home and those who would like to. HBWM offers a unique Work-at-Home Kit for moms, as well as association benefits which include a monthly newsletter, a weekly e newsletter, member’s listserv, panel of experts, online membership directory, support, networking, information and discounts on various products and services.
Business Know-How ( sm )
Offers a wealth of how-to information and resources that will help you start a business and grow your business, find customers, solve business problems, increase your profits, and succeed.
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