How to Create an Action Plan for Your VA BusinessNov 25, 2020
As a virtual assistant, it’s important to set goals for yourself regularly and have targets to work towards. An action plan will help you outline & give you a clear direction as you put in the steps to achieve your goals.
While it’s great to put your head down and do the work every day, creating goals will not only help increase your income but also give you a massive feeling of accomplishment.
In this post, I share how you can create an action plan that you can utilize within your virtual assistant business.
Create a goal
Before we discuss how to create an action plan, you need to have a firm idea of your final goal. You can have one larger goal or a few smaller ones, but either way, you need to set targets that are realistic and achievable, yet will still push you beyond your comfort zone.
Whether it’s a monthly income goal, an aim to complete a project, or the target of creating a new product for passive income, write down your goal, so you know exactly where you are heading.
Work backward to create an action plan
Now that you’ve established your goal, in order to achieve it, you need to work backward from the final result. I personally like to create a loose 1-year plan and a solid quarterly strategy. I don’t like to plan too far in advance because if there’s anything that 2020 taught us it’s that the plan can go out the window overnight!
With that said, let’s look at one example - earning $3K/month in your virtual assistant business.
If you are aiming to reach a salary of $3K a month from your virtual assistant business ($36K/year), begin by assessing your current revenue.
Next, figure out every step you will need to take in order to reach that goal & don’t forget to take taxes into account. Make mini-goals to increase your salary in small increments, say by $200 a month, and over a few months, you’ll be able to progress to reach that final milestone.
You’ll need to look at the work you are currently doing for your clients, the rates that you’re charging and figure out where it all fits in with your future plans.
Finally, work backward and write down every step you will need to take to reach the final result.
Planning is the key to success and good organization and time management will help you create a solid action plan.
It’s also important to note that this plan should be broken down into smaller daily, weekly, and monthly aims, that you can reflect upon at the end of each week or month.
These micro-actions will lead to big changes, and you will soon reap the rewards of your efforts. Set yourself strict deadlines and hold yourself accountable to your action plan.
It’s also very important to make the action plan manageable, so break the work into chunks that you realistically have the time and energy to achieve. Unrealistic goals can seem daunting and you’ll be far less likely to succeed, so keep your targets achievable.
If you are looking to take your virtual assistant business to the next level, then creating an action plan is vital to achieving your goals.
I talk more about creating a goal to get you to at least $3K months in your virtual assistant business so if you are looking for more advice and inspiration, you’ll want to check out my free masterclass called ‘How to ‘How to Scale to $3K Months without Burning Out’. Click here to get instant access.