The bursting point is your rite of passage
The bursting point isn’t necessarily a bad thing, right? You have what you wanted from your VA business, which was to be busy and make some good money. I actually consider the bursting point to be a rite of passage in a Virtual Assistant’s business; we all have to go through it in order to define what we do best and who we want to work with. The thing is, though, that living in the bursting point is not sustainable in the long run. The bursting point is like a bubble, and if you stay in it too long, it is almost a guarantee that you will see the effects of imbalance in your life and that bubble will eventually pop with a messy splat, negative side effects touching everyone within range.
Signs that you are at the bursting point:
- You don’t have enough hours in the day to get your work done, and you are falling behind on many
of your commitments
- You are feeling overwhelmed and are starting to dread hearing from your clients
- Clients are starting to get upset with you as the work is coming late, is not complete or is incorrect
- Your family and friends are asking you, “Why do you work so much?” or “Are you on that computer
- You don’t have time to say yes to any new and exciting projects or clients that come your way
(including those that pay a higher rate)
- Work has become a drag; you aren’t enjoying it anymore and may even start to avoid it or get
depressed (this is a big sign of burnout!)
Does any of this sound familiar to you? If yes, you may very well be at the bursting point in your business. The cure for some is as simple as saying, “No more clients, I’m full,” or even cutting back on your current client load to get back to a more sane and stable pace.
But what if you want to continue to grow your business? What if you are really busy but you’re still not making the kind of money you want to make? Or what if you would like to work less but still continue to make a good wage?
You may be ready to graduate to working as an Online Business Manager for your clients.