I’m sure you’re familiar with the term ‘being cut throat’. It’s the term used to describe how to get ahead of the competition. And I guess it’s still a common term for the corporate world.
But things are different in the online world. Especially for virtual assistants.
That cut throat, team-of-me business attitude is not necessary.
This is especially true for virtual assistants. There is plenty of work to go around for everyone. And VAs have discovered a way to embrace the competition – by joining forces to create a network.
The Unique Culture of Virtual Assistants
One of the benefits that you have as a virtual assistant is that you can offer a specific type of service from other VAs. Which is why VAs don’t have the need to be cut throat or corporate.
Instead, they can be cooperative. That’s because every virtual assistant will most likely be focusing on a specific niche. One that is probably not provided by others in the community. That means assistants can work together to provide a better set of services through their network.
Creating a network with the competition also means uniting with other virtual assistants to get jobs done. If there is a project you’re not too experienced with, another VA in your network may have the skills to help you out.
Other virtual assistants who have worked for years say it’s not necessarily about having the skills. It’s about knowing how to get the work done for a client.
Embrace The Competition
Instead of being competitive, you can create a pact with other virtual assistants who are focused in different fields. By doing this, you will have the ability to work together for the client and provide a better service.
The culture of virtual assistants is opposite of what most would see in other fields of work. There is a strong network and desire to support others for success. By looking into virtual assistant networks that are in your community or are remote, you can begin to build a team that will work together to keep everyone in the business.
Interesting post, Cori. Embracing competition is one of the best ways to beat the odds. In fact, competition is good for business because it makes you stronger. It provides avenues to make adjustments and improve your marketing strategy. And as you stated, creating relationships instead of competing will open doors.
This is an interesting post. I particularly loved the suggestion to find virtual assistant networks where we live to build our team. I’ve done this online but never thought about this within my location. A great idea with friends to be made too. Awesome.
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