I can’t believe it’s Friday again already! Where did this week go? It probably doesn’t help that I spent most of Thursday thinking that it was only Wednesday! Anyway – the topic this weekend is social support and finding likeminded people to hang out with, whether that’s locally or virtually. I think this is one of the most important things that a virtual assistant or anyone who is working online from home can do.
One thing I learned early on in my online career and something you’ll hear so many internet people say (including some of the big name marketers) is that the people around you are going to be negative, tell you that you can’t do it, it’s a waste of your time, that’s not a job it’s a hobby, etc, etc, etc…. You get the idea. That kind of thing is only going to sabotage any success you have early on and it’s going to make you feel miserable, and honestly, it’s the reason a lot of people give up and quit before they reach any success points at all.
I don’t want you to go through that and I’m here to support you, lend an ear whenever you need it, but what you really want to look for is a community of people, multiple people with the same kind of thinking, similar goals, and a bright shiny outlook on the world of virtual business. Of course you can comment and chat here on VAhelper.com, but there are several communities out there that you might find helpful as well. Here are just a few….
- Association of Work at Home Women – from Carrie Wilkerson
- SSWT Private Members Elite Mastermind Forum – from Lynn Terry
- VA Networking – from Tawyna Sutherland
and I’m sure there are many more out there. If you have a favorite community that I haven’t mentioned, please post it in the comments section here.
I spent a lot of time thinking I could do things by myself, I didn’t need support, I didn’t need any of that, and because of that I spent a lot of time locked away from everyone, feeling miserable, feeling frustrated, and not getting anywhere. Opening up and joining a community helped my business flourish, relieved a ton of stress from my life, and improved more than just my business.
I hope you’ve had a productive week and have a fantastic weekend. Talk to you again soon.