Hey there, mama! Happy Tuesday! You know what that means…a new episode of FreeMamaTV!
You’ve heard that it’s possible to make money from home as a virtual assistant… but what the heck does that actually mean? What can you really do that people will pay for?
Oh, Mama. So much.
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And today on FreeMamaTV, you’re going to learn how to master email management so that you can get out there, get a client, and do an amazing job. The best thing about email management is that you can learn it fast — and it’s in high demand. Email management virtual assistant jobs are popping up left and right!
Business owners need your help, and once you know the basics, you’re good to go. You’ll be able to serve your clients from the comfort of your phone most of the time — which means you can be anywhere.
If you’ve been waiting for a chance to get started with this whole freelancing thing, don’t miss this episode of FreeMamaTV and learn about email management virtual assistant work!
I had a bit of a pity party for myself the other day, mama
The day started pretty well, actually — I was checking a few details for an upcoming FreeMama Meetup, and I was pretty excited about it.
And then, in the space of ten minutes, I got two emails and three comments demanding to know why I hadn’t scheduled a meetup in [insert random city here].
I’ll be honest — it stung. I’ve committed to a FreeMama Meetup every single month this year, and I’ve put a lot of time and effort into making that happen. But the reality is that 12 Meetups = 12 cities, and there are more than 12 cities in the United States.
I can’t be everywhere — and I can’t please everyone. And for a few minutes there, I felt awful about it.
And then I jumped on a coaching call with an incredible Free Mama who told me about a potential client who made her feel guilty for not offering a specific service.
“You can’t please everyone,” I told her. “And you don’t need to. You’ve gotten super clear on what you offer, and that’s fantastic. With your services, you’re appealing to a specific market, which will make it much easier for those people to say yes to you. Don’t worry about the people who are never going to be happy.”
And then I had a slightly out-of-body experience, as I heard myself speaking – “Stop trying to please everyone.”
We’re amazingly fortunate that we have a community that is packed with action takers. There are mamas who have overcome real hardship to build their businesses. There are mamas who have crossed state lines to come to a Meetup. There are mamas who are in the trenches daily, doing the work and making things happen.
I show up for these mamas — for you, mama — every day. And I do it with love and respect and passion for your success.
But I can’t please everyone. There will always be people who won’t like my message, who will want me to do things differently.
You can’t please everyone, either — and you don’t need to try. Stop trying to please everyone.
What you’re doing is right for you and your people, and that’s absolutely enough. YOU are enough.
Let go of the people you can’t please, and focus on being the most amazing version of yourself, and stop trying to please everyone.
Maybe you’re ready to pack it all in, load the family into an RV, and travel all across this great land.
Or maybe you’re like me, and you just want the freedom to visit your family for two weeks twice a year (and possibly sneak in a quick getaway or two with the girls).
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Work anywhere anytime jobs can look different for each of us. The point is, you want the freedom to work whenever — and wherever — you want. So this week, on FreeMamaTV, we’ll show you exactly how to do that.
It wasn’t a great day. What I wanted to do was sit down and cry — but I knew that wouldn’t get me anywhere. And the whole time I was in that airport, trying to figure out my next steps, all I could think about was Daphne. (Well, Daphne and how badly I wanted to be in my bed, in my own home.)
In Sunday school, Daphne had learned about perseverance — not giving up, even when it’s hard. Even when success doesn’t come for a long time. Even when you’re convinced there’s no way you can make this work.
We’d had a whole conversation about perseverance, and I knew that I had to put that lesson into practice.
I knew my goal: Get home. The obstacles were clear: my flight the day before had been cancelled — along with many others — so I was competing for space on a new flight, and I had no ID, because I had lost my wallet.
Sometimes, you can’t control the situation — I couldn’t magically get a new ID — but I could control my response. I could keep my cool. I could be polite to the people around me, because my lost wallet wasn’t their fault. My cancelled flight wasn’t their fault.
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Getting bossy or huffy with people might make me feel powerful for a second or two. Taking out my frustration on a customer service agent might provide a moment of satisfaction — but these things wouldn’t help me get what I really wanted: to go home.
You have a goal, Mama. You want you business to get off the ground and bring you the dolla bills.
It’s frustrating when things get in your way, whether that’s the kids who need attention, the husband who wants you to get a “real job,” or the friends who don’t understand why you suddenly don’t have time to spend hours on the phone.
It’s disheartening when the discovery call doesn’t pan out, when the potential client ghosts, or when you can’t figure out how to get your email hooked up to your web site.
But giving up won’t get you what you want. Losing patience won’t get you closer to your goal.
You have to be prepared to persevere. You have to be persistent, and keep doing the hard things even when it takes longer than you want, longer than you planned, longer than you think you can bear.
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And even when the work is hard, you have to be willing to do it.
How many times do we just stop where we are because it’s easier than moving forward?
What are you willing to do for what you want, mama? What’s your story of perseverance?
What would you say if I told you that you could manage your family AND your life — friends, hobbies, work, date night, leisure, exercise, and all the things — in ONE app, and without losing your mind?
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It’s true, Mama! I do this every single week, and it is the only thing that keeps me sane. It’s also the reason I can be as productive as I am.
Using this one app — which is totally free, by the way — I can get more done in my days than most people. You probably even know how to use a weekly block schedule already, but you might not be using it quite the way I do.
Did you guess?
Weekly Block Schedule (THE LIFE CHANGING BLOCK SCHEDULE SYSTEM!) - YouTube
Over the course of the three days (THREE DAYS, MAMA. THREE EPIC DAYS), you’ll spend time with our on-site photographer, so you’ll walk away with professional headshots.
You’ll have the help you need to create all the digital assets you need for your business — they’ll be online and ready to go before you leave.
And by the end of the three days, you’ll know your messaging and be ready to talk confidently with clients.
Thinking about offering a specialty service in your business? We’re going to have some incredible resources on hand for you — including a couple of other powerhouse women hand-selected to give you the BEST, most PROFITABLE business training around.
Here’s the thing, though: space at the event is limited. I want you to get the personal attention you deserve so and have the on-site support you deserve so that you can take action on the spot — and rock it out in your business.
Have you ever wondered how to avoid online scams? You LOVE the idea of working online, rocking your pajamas (#nojudgement), and earning money while still being present for your kids…
You are TERRIFIED of the scams you know are out there. You’re a smart cookie, but still, you’ve seen other people get taken in by the Internet con artists who are out there. You want to learn how to avoid online scams!
…about what could happen in your freelancing business when you unexpectedly have to take time off and you didn’t plan for it.
Let’s talk about how to handle being sick as a freelancer.
Last month, I woke up one day feeling awful. My head was throbbing, I was dizzy, and everything ached. To top it off, we had storms and severe flooding in Houston, so school was cancelled. And all that rain meant the WiFi was spotty, so I couldn’t just park the kids in front of some Netflix for the day.
First-world problems, to be sure, but I still had to figure out what the heck to do about it.
Mama, this is going to happen to you, much as I wish it wouldn’t. There will be a day when everything goes wrong.
You will get sick, your kids will get sick, school will be closed, the WiFi will go down.
And sometimes, all of those things will happen on the same day.
Back in your 9-5 days, maybe you had the option of calling in sick and letting someone else deal with the fallout. But now that you’re a freelancer, you’re the person who will have to figure all of this out — and the best time to do your disaster planning is well before disaster strikes.
Like, right now would be good.
Here’s how to set your business up for success so you can take the occasional sick day without causing a catastrophe.
Set up systems now. Get systems, procedures, and automations in place well before you need them. Have an out-of-office response ready to go so you don’t need to figure out how to set it up when you have a fever of 101. Know what your plan is ahead of time. Spend a morning working through these scenarios and write down a simple-to-follow procedure you can pull out when you need it.
Work ahead. Don’t save your assignments until the day they’re due — that’s just asking the universe to dump a freak snowstorm (or insane flooding) in your lap. Get in the habit of finishing things earlier than you need to, so you have time for the minor emergencies that are an undeniable part of life.
Batch your work. If you’re a social media manager, make sure you have a handful of posts and images in reserve for each client that you can fall back on in an emergency.
Have a back-up plan. Working in customer service? Serving clients as a VA? Don’t wait until you’re in the ER with your toddler to talk to your client about handing off your duties for the day. Plan ahead for what will happen on the occasional — but inevitable — times you’ll need a day off.
Suck it up. Mama, I say this with all the love in the world — and I can already see the responses I’m going to get — but sometimes you have no choice but to suck it up and get the job done. As kind and understanding as clients may be, there are times when you will have to honor the commitments you made when you filed for that LLC and signed the contract. This is where having some posts in reserve and good systems can save you — you can do the work for the day with less effort, so you can get back to bed faster.
Here’s the thing, Mama: you’re human. So you will run into occasional human issues, like illness and family emergencies. But when you run a business, you have to remember that your actions affect other people.
But now you know how to handle being sick as a freelancer.Do the responsible thing. Set aside a few hours to figure out what you need to do to keep your business going and serve your clients when you’re sick, and how you can make that happen.
So, you’re getting ready to leave that day job behind and work for yourself… but you’re not quite sure how to have the conversation with your boss, or what you’re supposed to do to prepare yourself for the Free Mama life. So…how to respectfully quit a job?
No worries — today’s episode of FreeMamaTV has you covered. You’ll get my 10-step plan for leaving work on great terms — even if you hate your boss.
Even if you’re just starting to think about this whole freelancing thing, this 10-step plan will show you just what to do, starting right now, so that when you’re ready to step away, you can do it respectfully — and even potentially turn your boss into your very first client.
Yep, Mama, that’s a thing — and you’ll see exactly how to do it.
How to Respectfully Quit a Job (WHY MOMS SHOULD LEAVE THEIR 9-5 ON GOOD TERMS) - YouTube
Have you ever wondered about scheduling vacation as a freelancer? Well, this is coming to you from Kansas City where I am on vacation as we speak. I actually set the whole thing up ahead of time, so I could be binging on breakfast with my kiddos — or sleeping in — while you read this.
(I’m not sleeping in. I have three children.)
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The beauty of the freelance life and self-employment means that you can have a flexible schedule — and control when and where you work. Scheduling vacation as a freelancer works on YOUR schedule. One of my big goals when I started freelancing was to be able to visit my family — a 12 hour drive — twice a year.
Now, you may also have small children, as I do, which means we’re not lazing in bed until noon, but we can still have amazing vacations — with a bit of prep work.
Here’s what to do if you’re freelancing and you want to take a vacation where you actually get to relax and enjoy yourself.
1. Plan ahead. I started prepping for this trip back in April. I looked at what I had on my calendar for this week, and what my normal recurring tasks and commitments are, and categorized them into things I could do ahead of time, things that could be delegated, and things that I’d go ahead and handle from here in KC.
2. Time block. Once I knew what I wanted to finish before I left, I scheduled time to get that work done. The Daily Five is the perfect tool for making sure you have enough time to do the work that will have the biggest impact on your business.
3. Protect your time. I made sure to set up my calendar so that no one would be able to book a call with me during my vacation. Doing this in advance meant no one was inconvenienced, and I don’t have to worry about finding a quiet spot in the middle of the day to take a phone call, when I’d rather be licking ice cream off my fingers and bouncing on the trampoline with my kids.
4. Delegate. When I was a full-time freelancer, I didn’t have a team that could step up when I needed some downtime. But I knew other freelancers, and when necessary, I could outsource a task or two to them. You have access to an amazing network of freelancers, Mama, so you can connect with someone incredible if you need to hand something off and free up time in your schedule.
5.Set up your systems. If you’ve ever emailed me on a weekend, you’ve seen my autoresponder in action. I’ve set it up to let people know that I’m out of the office — but I’ll get back them during my regular working hours. You can set one up for yourself in minutes.
You started freelancing so that you could have freedom, right? So scheduling vacation as a freelancer that works for you takes some smart preparation and planning.
And lest you think I was born knowing how to do this all — let me assure you that is not the case.
Last year, I took this same vacation. I had to do it without my husband, because he couldn’t get time off from work. I bought into that whole “I can work from anywhere” thing, so I basically just brought along all of my assignments.
I spent most of my time hiding in closets and bathrooms, balancing my laptop on my knees and hoping the wifi would hold up during my calls.
It was not fun. It was not relaxing. And I didn’t want to repeat that experience this year — hence the planning.