Do you have a vision board for your virtual assistant business? In this article, we’ll discuss why a vision board can be just as effective as a business plan in helping you to achieve your goals. What is a business plan? Basically, it is a formal written document highlighting your business’ goals and objectives.
The word ‘business plan’ probably scares you. It probably raises thoughts of long pages full of text, graphs, and stats. You might imagine spending countless hours building content to fill up a page for a formal business plan. Sounds pretty boring, right?
The truth is a formal business plan has its place, especially in circumstances where you are trying to get a loan or conduct other forms of business. However, on a personal level, there is a far more fun way to put your goals into focus.
The vision board
What is a vision board? A vision board is basically a visualization of your goals. In a sense, it does the same thing a business plan is meant to do — bring your goals to focus. However, unlike a formal business plan, it allows you to do it in a more fun way.
To make a vision board, you can add colourful photos, inspirational quotes, and phrases. You have the freedom to be creative and you can make it truly you, anything you want it to be.
So imagine having a vision board for your virtual assistant business. This might not be something you can push to a bank to get a loan, but it can be a great way to plan for the future without the dread of numbers and stats. It is definitely a great way to set your goals and can be a source of inspiration and motivation towards those goals.
Motivational how? Your dreams won’t only be in your head anymore. Nor does it have to be in a boring sentence in a long document you dread reading. On a vision board, your dreams will be almost tangible, on colourful display before your eyes.
A collection of images representing your dreams and aspirations can provide a constant reminder of where you’re going and where you want to be. Think of it this way: Your vision board will remind you why you started your business in the first place. It will also help you stay on track. Seeing your dreams come alive can give you a greater sense of direction. It makes the journey more meaningful.
Why vision boards work
Maybe all this sounds a bit airy-fairy to you. You probably think that serious business is all about the numbers and stats. And that’s where a business plan comes in. A business plan will cover way more than a vision board can. There are just certain things that a vision board won’t/can’t do that is necessary for planning your virtual assistant business. After all, you can’t completely ignore those numbers and stats.
But, needing a business plan does not stop you from having fun with a vision board. It will help clarify your dreams and keep your goals front of mind. This is exactly why vision boards work so well. A vision board allows you to see what you’re working towards in your business. Maybe it’s a certain revenue target OR a specific client you always wanted to work with OR new equipment for your podcasts.
Having a visual reminder within sight keeps you constantly aware of your “why.” Why do you get up every day and work so hard? It is because of this dream on that vision board. Isn’t that a powerful source of motivation? This can help you get excited about your business again, seeing the “why” so colourfully visualized.
What would you put into a vision board?
Five questions that a vision board can answer are:
- Who do you want to be?
- Where do you want to be?
- What do you want to do?
- What do you want to have?
- How do you want to feel?
You’ll notice that all these questions lead to answers for the “why” that you need to keep going everyday. Why are you doing this? Because in the end you want to be this person, in this place, doing this thing, with this thing, feeling this way. That is your goal.
Here are some ideas of what a virtual assistant can put on a vision board:
- Client goals: a list of clients that you’d like to work with
- Financial goals: the amount of money you want to make in a specific period or the debts you want to pay off
- Growth goals: hire more staff, get more business, expand your reach
- Learning goals: develop a new skill to take your business to the next level
- Service goals: a new service you want to provide (can be linked to your learning goals)
- Health goals: if you want to reap the benefits of your success in the long run your health should never be left out
- Personal goals: to spend more time with your family. As a business owner, your business can affect your personal life or vice versa. So it is important to have this in focus too so that they align.
- Other examples of business goals: build a website, write a book, travel
These suggestions can be a good place to start when you are building a vision board for your virtual assistant business. If you need help to start building, it is easy to find information on how to make a vision board online. You can also find examples of vision boards others have created.
While it is important to have a formal business plan, a vision board can be a valuable tool to help you plan for your business’ future. Every business is built on a dream and a vision board helps you keep that dream alive by keeping it in focus.
A business plan is a document full of valuable information emphasizing and detailing the HOW and WHEN. A vision board puts focus on the WHY. That, more than anything else, is what drives motivation and what pushes you to keep on going despite all odds. As a virtual assistant in the Caribbean, it is time to bring your dreams to life with a vision board.