If you’re considering starting a VA biz, there’s a lot to think about before you get going. Books have been paramount to the success of my business. They’ve helped set me on the right path, get organized, changed my perspective, opened up my mind, and encouraged me to create systems for myself and my clients in ways that blog posts and other internet research couldn’t.
These 9 books are some of the best books if you’re building a virtual assistant business.
1. The Bootstrap VA by Lisa Morosky
This book really did change my life. I came across Lisa through a guest post she did and I’m so grateful that I did. She walks you through each step you need to take to start your own VA business.
Plus! You get access to her Facebook group, which is how I found my first client. This book is gold for aspiring VAs!
2. My So-Called Freelance Life by Michelle Goodman
This is the first book I ever read about going freelance/working from home. She covers a lot of important topics, like self-employment taxes and so much more.
3. Choose Yourself by James Altchucher
Just the title made me excited. James writes like no one else and I love his style. And he makes some great points! If you’re nervous about making the leap from a day job to doing your own thing, this will fix you right up.
4. Picture Your Prosperity by Ellen Rogin and Lisa Kueng
It’s great that you think you want to start a virtual assistant business, but why? What are you hoping to get out of it? This book will help you visualize what you want, what you’re drawn to, and how to get it.
Visualization is a wonderful, potent tool for success. Plus, I love almost any book with activities and this is definitely one of those! Get your scissors, printer, and poster board ready.
5. The Art of Money by Bari Tessler-Linden
Embarking on an entrepreneurial project is bound to bring up some money stuff. This book is an invitation to explore your emotions and heal your past, get things in order, and make a plan for the future.
I recommend following Bari’s methodology from beginning to end, but the Three-Tier Money Map will help a lot when envisioning the life you want with your business.
The Three-Tier Money Map will also help you figure out exactly how much your most basic needs budget will cost. Once your biz is bringing at least that in on the side, you might consider quitting your job, or you might want to wait until you’re closer to your mid-range tier. Either way, the map is a wonderful and practical exercise.
6. Knowing Your Value by Mika Brzezinski
While Mika’s experience is in a more traditional or corporate environment, I still think there are good, eye-opening lessons in here about how (and how not!) to set your prices in your biz, about saying no when you need to, and how to negotiate.
7. Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
All about habits! Working for yourself requires a lot of self-discipline. Gretchen explains the 4 tendencies that we all tend to fall in and how that can help or hurt us with effective habit creation. She’s got lots of examples and ideas to help you set up good routines that work for you right
8. 12-Week Year by Brian Moran
This.system.is.awesome. It’s very robust and if you’re anything like me you might need to read it twice to get all the pieces through your thick skull. However, implementing it will help you achieve more each year, get super focused, and cut out the fat from your wish list of goals and to-dos. Highly recommend this for your VA biz and for your clients’ as well.
9. Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress by Rita Emmett
Time management is crucial when you’re running a business. The 12-Weeek Year, mentioned above, is perfect for systemizing your goal achievement process, but Rita’s book will give you a mountain of practical ideas for specific situations.
For example, while working from home you might get visitors dropping, not quite understanding how disruptive this is to your productivity. She shares a story of one woman who had a regular unscheduled family member drop by her house on a regular basis and she put them to work folding laundry! Might discourage these types of interruptions from them in the future. 🙂
These are 9 books that helped me build a sustainable, healthy VA business that I adore. I hope they help you too!