Once the second half of the year has begun it seems the rest of the year moves much faster. Do you find that? So much to do before the year’s end.
Here at AVAA headquarters we’ll soon be gearing up for planning AVAC 2015. We already have the venue secured and the dates set for 20-21 March 2015 at Melbourne Docklands. So if you’re travelling from the country or from interstate, or overseas, you can definitely plan your travel now, knowing the dates are locked in.
We are seeking two Victorian based AVAA members to join the sub committee to help us plan AVAC 2015. You’ll be helping us to source sponsors, speakers, conference bag donations as well as help promote the event. Closer to the event we’ll need your help to pack the conference bags and also assist during the event, perhaps on the registration table, answering questions and introducing new VAs to others. There’s always something to do in the planning and running of our annual VA conference.
In the meantime, what are you doing with your business? How are you progressing? Are you making plans for the new year already? Have you made decisions about new services you wish to provide, or the client type you want to service?
Now is a good time to think about that VA course, or perhaps a software course, to get you ready for the new year.
Perhaps you need to find a mentor? There are many people experienced in business around you, that would happily answer your questions about running a business or point you in the right direction. And there are many experienced VAs who write blogs, books, or provide some kind of guidance or training for those VAs who are just starting out.
Finally, don’t forget the value of joining networking groups, both online and offline. There should never be 100% of one and none of the other. While many VAs start out thinking they’ll only ever work online and never have to leave home, the reality is that we’re all social creatures and we need contact with other people. Going out to meet people face-to-face is both good for our businesses but also good for our mental and physical health. Even if you are shy. Meeting other business people isn’t just about finding new clients (although that helps), it’s also finding out about running a business in your local area, and getting out of your own four walls for a change of scenery. We all need that from time to time!