Year 2 – Week 5 – DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

Welcome Readers to a week straight from I don’t know where actually – heaven or hell?  You decide.  Today, I’m being brutally honest.  I told you that this blog is my personal journey of being a Virtual Assistant (V.A.) and I will give you the high’s and low’s of that journey.  Here goes!

I attend breakfast group meetings on Wednesday mornings at 7 a.m.  Yes, I wake up really early on Wednesdays as the meeting is half an hour from my home so it’s up by 5:30 am.  If you aren’t an early riser that is quite a sacrifice.   I’ve been attending meetings since mid-September last year.  The idea is for members to refer clients and products to one another.  There is also only one of each profession such as a lawyer, accountant, marketing and brand design, architect etc.  I am the only V.A.  So far, I’ve had a couple of referrals but they haven’t amounted to anything.  This past Wednesday I gave my first 10 minute talk.  The talk covered my personal background, how I became a V.A. and what a V.A. does.  I was really nervous before the talk but then I couldn’t stop talking once I started and the 10 minutes became 20 minutes and in the end I was shoved back on my seat and told to keep quiet (nicely)!

The end result of it was that the talk was successful and one of the members gave the thumbs up for work straight away.  I said:  “what?”   It was that easy.  Then someone else offered me a morning job and someone else referred someone else to me.  3 referrals in one day.  In the last 2 years I have NEVER had 3 referrals in the same day.  I’ve also NEVER had someone ask for my services in a few seconds flat.

The same day, I received an offer on my house which has been for sale for the last 3 weeks.

All I can think of is “how can I run my business, accept new clients and move all at the same time”?  The house where I am moving to is being altered and is going to have a tight building schedule.

So much pressure.  Is that good or bad?  You can decide.

This is my mantra for the next week:

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

Peter Marshall

I guess I am a diamond in the rough!

See you on line,
Lynne

Katlyn Virtual Assistants
Website: http://www.katlyn.co.za
Facebook Business page: http://www.facebook.com/KatlynVirtualAssistants

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