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I’ve already mentioned in previous posts that I am a member of VAnetworking.com, the ultimate place for VAs to hang out and find information.

A couple years ago when I was first considering becoming a Virtual Assistant (VA), I found VAnetworking.com and have been a member ever since.  So much excellent information!  And, one of the things that I found there was something called the Virtual Business Startup System (VBSS).

Now remember, I am a self-proclaimed perfectionist.  In order for me to feel comfortable starting up my VA business I needed to have everything laid out in perfect order before I opened my “doors” so that I could see that I really was prepared and ready to go.  But here’s the catch: I didn’t know what the heck I needed to be preparing!  Where to start?  Like most people I can easily spend the day jumping from one topic to another and in the end not get very much done except filling up random pieces of paper with different bits of info.  I felt like I had come up with all the main points that I could think of in order to start my business, but I wasn’t sure if I had thought of everything.

That’s when I decided to try out the VBSS.  And why not?  It even has a money-back guarantee, so what did I have to lose?  And let me tell you, I was impressed.  Not only did I get a workbook that laid out the basics of what I needed to do and gave me a place to keep all my thoughts in an orderly fashion, it had helpful exercises designed to get me thinking about what I was really doing and thinking about whether I was headed in the right direction.  There were templates I could use, a bunch of really awesome & useful coupons, and it even included a couple of marketing books that I was thinking about buying anyways.  Sweet action!

In the end, even though I didn’t follow the timeline laid out in the book it didn’t really matter.  Sheesh, I didn’t even follow the proper order of the chapters half the time!  The point is that I had all the information that I needed in one spot that I could utilize if and when I chose.  True, plenty of the exercises turned out to be things that I had already come up with myself on my initial to-do list, but now I knew that I was on the right track.  And I was a happy camper indeed when all the pieces came together and I could fill in the gaps with the exercises that I hadn’t thought of.

So, to the Virtual Business Startup System I give an enthusiastic thumbs up!  If you’re a new or aspiring VA, I recommend you give it a go.

I’d love to hear the opinions of anyone else who has tried the VBSS (or knows someone who has) – did you like it?  Love it?  Hate it?  Do tell…