Solo Professional – It’s Much More Than You Think

Our workforce is changing and being your own boss is in, of course, often it’s not by choice, as circumstances beyond individual control present such options, and are chosen by those who seek a rewarding career and/or gainful employment as a professional representative for a larger corporation or rep’ing for several. It turns out that a good many solo-professionals are able to work from home office and are much happier than ever before.

Indeed, as with anything there are positives and drawbacks, still the positives for solo-professionals tend to outweigh any of the real hardships to conquer. In this article, I’d like to address and discuss the ins and outs, things you need to know before becoming a solo professional to make your transition smoother, I’d also discuss ideas, and concepts on how to make your workflow more efficient, and get more out of being your own boss and accelerating your career.

You see, as the Founder of the Online Think Tank, I see these trends and have been watching them since the late 70s. As a Franchisor, I also noted our many consultants and key vendors operating as solo professionals. It worked, it was efficient, and we could get more done, faster, utilizing such folks on our team. Today, I bring to you my observations, experience, and a few forwarding looking concepts as this future continues to unfold and evolve.

Smooth Transition

Being self employed is a mindset, you have to realize that you make all the rules, and you must focus on your objectives. From now on killing time at work is not an option. Secondly, there is a time for work and play, but you must make that separation in your life and understand things will be different from here on out, and lastly, you need a plan, this isn’t going to happen by itself, and nothing good in life is going to be easy – life just doesn’t work that way, of course, you already know that – so don’t kid yourself here.

Maximize Efficiency

You need a strategy to ensure that you complete your tasks, and never assign a task to your to do list that you really don’t need to do, for if you do, you will be wasting your time, and time is what you must leverage to win. Think about production, systems, and strength of your knowledge – add value at every turn and systematize your work flow for maximum performance.

If you do these things, you can make it as a solo-professional, others are doing it, and they are winning in their careers, so please consider all this and think on it.

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5 Reasons Solo Professionals Need a Virtual Assistant

Solo professionals often bite off just more than they can chew. They do this because they want to succeed. I think that if they take on a little bit more, they will do more and, therefore, succeed more. Stop spreading yourself too thin and get the help you need.

They often forget that they can’t do everything. Everyone is an expert at something, but no-one is an expert at everything. Solo professional doesn’t need to mean “lone wolf”. If you are not good at something, get someone else to do it. Your clients will appreciate that the work is done well and not just completed.

Solo professionals tend to focus on too many things at once. The old phrase, “do one thing, and do it well” comes to mind. If need be, get a virtual assistant to help you mange your greatest resource – your time. A good VA can weed out those time wasting emails and voicemails. They can help you prioritize your schedule and help give you the time to spend on your area of expertise.

Solo professionals can have a habit of mixing business with pleasure. Sometimes it is difficult to keep a handle on your own finances and keep your personal money separate from your business money. Hire a virtual assistant who specializes in bookkeeping and get them to help you budget and plan how and where you spend your money. They can also handle the “divorce” of your personal and business finances.

Solo professionals are great at what they do and they get paid accordingly. They can also have more expenses than a professional that is in a partnership or firm. Hiring a virtual assistant is more cost effective for the solo professional than hiring in-house administrative assistance. Since the VA is private contractor with their own office, you don’t have to put out money for more space, equipment, health benefits, and other employee related costs. Also, since a virtual assistant is only paid for the time that they work for you, there is no money lost to long lunch breaks, personal calls, or even sick days.

If you are a solo professional, and if you need some help, consider hiring a virtual assistant to partner with you for your success. You will be glad you did.

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Darrell A. Williams is the owner of Right-Hand-Man Virtual Assistant Services – a Multi-VA team practice. Darrell has over 7 years experience in the administrative support field. He has worked for non-profit organizations in Canada, the US and the UK. He has also worked as an event planner and personal assistant. Darrell has not only been self-employed, but has also held management positions in several companies and has worked in private sales contracting. Through our commitment of constant educ

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