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Was 2018 your breakout year to work from home?
Did you learn anything new that got you closer to your goal?
For me, 2018 was the year of change.
The year I decided to focus solely on blogging and not client work, when I put my love of writing to use to educate, inspire and inform readers like you wanting to launch a virtual assistant business and work from home.
Making that shift was a lot harder than I thought it would be.
You see, my virtual assistant business was my baby, the thing that kept a roof over our heads for many years.
It was hard to let go.
But let me ask you this -
Have you ever been in a relationship -- friendly, romantic -- where you hung on a bit longer than you should have?
You had sign after sign that it was time to say “adieu” but because it was comfortable, familiar you held on. Tried to make it work even though your heart just wasn’t in it anymore.
That’s where I was in my business.
Whether you’re just starting your work from home journey, you’re still researching the whole virtual assistant thing or you’ve been at it for a while now, mark my words when I say this:
Where you are right now will not resemble where you will be in the future.
It’s called change, folks.
Over time, you grow. Or at least you should be growing.
You may have seen or participated in the 2019 word challenge: you know, you come up with a word that will define your year.
I sat down and gave this some thought myself. What word will sum up my 2019?
And I couldn’t let it go at just one word. So I decided on two.
And those words are: growth and focus.
I want to grow as a blogger, learn and implement new things.
I need to focus on only the things and activities that will help me grow (aka, stay in my own lane).
If working from home is on your radar in the new year, there are plenty of courses to help you with that - and most are free!
Never stop learning, my friend.
Courses I took in 2018
Business books I read in 2018
One Hour Content Plan - Meera Kothand
How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul - Ruth Soukup
The Essential Habits of 6-Figure Bloggers - Sally Miller
Non-business Books I read in 2018
I’ve got a whole bunch of other books loaded on my Kindle and books I picked up at a library book sale that are begging to be read :).
Why the heck do I even read? Reading actually improves my writing, as weird as that might sound.
Plus, I love relaxing with a good book. Light a candle, make some tea and give me a book, this girl is happy!
It’s Christmas week and aside from the celebrating, I’ve been able to carve out some time planning time for 2019.
And I’m super excited to get this plan laid out.
One bad habit I had was to not write my plan out. I was the queen of winging it.
Can’t do that if you want to be a serious blogger.
And frankly, I don’t know why I did that because there are some super cool tools out there to make the job a lot easier.
I created an editorial calendar in Trello, mapping out not only blog posts but other important stuff, like promotions I want to tell you about and places I want to share content as a guest. My girl Suzi has an awesome blog post about how to make this happen.
I also grabbed a copy of Meera Kothand’s business playbook and planner. And let me tell you - it’s not your run of the mill fill-in-the-blank kind of thing. She asks you some deep questions for you to ponder. This is not one of those planners you can just plop down and start writing. Nope. Prepare to think. Carve out some quiet time. But it’s totally worth it.
I want to thank you for helping me make the transition to blogging. I’ve gotten so many emails and blog post comments sharing how my content has helped you. And it means so much. I’m not big on giving myself high-fives but having your endorsements lets me know the blog is helpful.
And that’s what it’s all about - creating content to help you in your work from home journey.
Taking a look at my Google Analytics, I discovered the blog posts you guys read - a lot. If you missed them here they go - the top 10 blog posts of 2018, according to you, the reader:
And the #1 post of 2018 is...drum roll…
What’s planned for 2019?
I’ve created a few goals I want to hit in the first quarter of 2019. I tried planning for the entire year but I like smaller chunks of time to work with.
Here are my first quarter goals:
Create more content each week. Right now, I create 1 or 2 weekly blog posts. My goal is 3-4 posts per week. That’s where the editorial calendar comes in because it saves me time from having to think of what the heck I’m going to write about?
Release one paid product. I’ve got one on the shelf and it needs to go through the editing process and I’m creating bonuses. Excited to see this come together!
Release the free virtual assistant training course. Let me tell you, I went back and forth on this one. Not the course itself but I debated about whether to charge or not. But something happened on Christmas Eve that ended the debate once and for all.
On Christmas Eve, I got a beautiful card in the mail. It contained this small card:
And a $100 bill.
The card was not signed and there was no return address.
Someone sent me an encouraging message and $100.
Out of the blue.
I dug a bit deeper into #justbecausestory and found some really inspiring stories. The concept is simple: do something kind for someone and pay it forward.
While I would love to gift each of my readers with a $100 bill, a sista doesn’t have it like that - yet.
But what I can do is help you in your work from home journey.
And that’s when I decided to make the virtual assistant training course free.
If you’re just starting out as a virtual assistant and you’re not sure of what you need to do next
If you’ve thought about becoming a virtual assistant but don’t know where to start
You’re curious about the whole virtual assistant thing and want to explore it before jumping knee deep into it
Then you’ll want to sign up for the free course.
You can get a sneak peek of the course here.
I am pumped to see where 2019 takes me and seriously - thank you so much for your support in 2018. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Here’s to a blessed 2019!
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