What comes to mind when you think about working virtually?
Do you envision setting your own work hours? Working from your laptop on the beach?
Virtual = freedom. The freedom to do what you want, where you want, when you want.
Being a virtual coach comes with its advantages. But it also comes with some serious challenges.
In this article, we’ll explore the advantages and challenges of working virtually, plus a powerful exercise to help you determine if the virtual coach lifestyle is for you.
Virtual Advantage # 1 – You Control Your Environment
You decide where to work. You have full control over your environment. You don’t have to ask anyone permission to turn the heating and cooling up or down. You decide where to set up your computer, the chair you want to sit in, and what you surround yourself with.
Virtual Advantage # 2 – You Set Your Own Work Hours
You decide when to work. If you’re a morning person, or a night owl, you can adjust your schedule accordingly. You can take a break when you want, and follow the routine that best suites you.
Virtual Advantage # 3 – You Get Tremendous Flexibility
Controlling your environment and setting your own work hours are two of the greatest flexibilities a virtual business gives you. If the first thing you want to do when you wake up in the morning is go to a yoga class, or go for a run through the park, you can. You literally get to shape your business around your life.
Virtual Advantage # 4 – You Don’t Have To Commute
This is a personal favorite of mine. Commuting is expensive and consumes time, effort, and energy. You have to get up early in the morning, and put extra effort into preparing yourself to look like a professional. Working virtually, you don’t have to figure out the logistics of commuting or parking. When you’re building your virtual business, that time is invaluable for you to work on your highest value activities or step away and unplug.
Virtual Advantage # 5 – You Don’t Have To Pay Rent Twice
Years ago, I met Tony Robbins at a time when he was going through some interesting changes in his business. After showing him how our business worked, he decided to get rid of his big expensive office and switch his business to a virtual model. He later told me it saved him a lot of money in rent and other expenses, and he was really glad he did it.
Those are 5 of the advantages to the virtual lifestyle. Now, let’s take a look at some of the challenges…
Virtual Challenge # 1 – You Lose Communication “Bandwidth”
We humans like to communicate with each other. Behind most behavioral motivations, you’ll find a person who’s trying to get attention, connect, and build relationships with others to get a sense of being part of something greater than they are.
When you work virtually, you lose a lot of the bandwidth that comes along with in-person encounters like facial expressions and voice tone.
Virtual Challenge # 2 – You Must Direct And Manage Yourself
With freedom comes responsibility. When you’re not working in an office with others to hold you accountable, it’s easy to get distracted and lose self-control, especially when you’re alone and dealing with some of the unique distractions that arise when working from home.
Virtual Challenge # 3 – Your Friends And Family Don’t “Get It”
For some reason, friends and family think it’s okay to interrupt and distract us. Most of them haven’t worked in a virtual environment. They haven’t faced the challenges themselves so they just don’t understand. We need to train the people we care about to support us in our virtual business. If we don’t, distractions and interruptions will only escalate, taking us off the important things that we need to do.
Virtual Challenge # 4 – It’s Mentally Confusing To Be “Virtual”
We humans are used to working and being around other humans. We unconsciously seek it out. It’s confusing, and actually stressful, when we’re not around other people. We can be deceived by the apparent simplicity of looking at a set of stats on a computer screen and forgetting that each one of those numbers represents a real human being. Working in a virtual environment and having a computer between us and the rest of the world disconnects and detaches us, which can lead us to behave and communicate in ways that aren’t optimal.
Virtual Challenge # 5 – You Can’t See What Others Are Doing
This is one the biggest fears business owners face when going virtual. How do you manage people if you can’t see what they’re doing? How do you know they’re doing their job?
Fortunately, I’ve learned in my own experience that when we work virtually and track our business with reporting and feedback mechanisms and dashboards, we get better objective insight into what’s going on in our business.
Before we jump into a powerful exercise to help uncover your goals and start making them happen, here’s something to consider:
Search technology like Google allows us to go online and type in an idea or question and yield instant results. In a fraction of a second you can tap into one of the largest networks in the world using billions of dollars worth of technology.
The brain is the search technology for our goals and visions.
We have access to this everyday.
Let’s tap into our brain search. In this exercise, you’ll begin to paint a vivid picture of your life so you can start taking action to make it a reality.
Imagine your life in 3 years. Think about what you want to achieve in your personal life.
Close your eyes and picture:
What does your home look like? Who are you surrounded by? What kind of food do you eat? What kind of activities do you partake in for leisure?
Put yourself into the picture. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you feel?
Think about what would have to happen in your business so that you could live that lifestyle. Where is your office setup? In your bedroom? A den? The garage? The basement? How big is your business? How many customers do you have? How much money are you making? How much of that is profit? How many people are working inside your business?
Once you have a vivid picture in your mind, write it down.
When you dedicate the time and energy to dive in and complete this exercise, you communicate your intention on all levels. Your inner workings begin to see your vision as reality, and they work to make it happen.
This is just one of the powerful exercises we explore in my training, “Building A Virtual Business Course/ The Platinum Passport.”
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In this training, you will learn what it takes to become a Virtual Coach and if it’s right for you.
Why You Should Watch The Training:
- If you enjoy helping others, and you’ve always dreamed about doing work that makes a real difference in people’s lives – and you also want to do something where you can get paid extremely well for your time – then this is for you.
- In most jobs you need to work 40-60 hours per to week to earn $47,900 per year, however you’ll see how you can make the exact same amount doing less than 1-hour of coaching per day.
- The 3 reasons why becoming a Virtual Coach may be the fastest and simplest way to create your “Dream Job” or your “Dream Business.
- How to create your perfect “Dream Business” where you wake up and are excited to dive in each day while making a real difference in people’s lives every day.
- How to find the people who are willing to invest in your high-level coaching to get to the next level in their life and their business.
- As a coach you can charge 10X compared to the average salary of a person in the United States.
- As a Virtual Coach, you’re the boss. You set your own hours and you decide who you will and won’t take on as a client. You can travel whenever you want and work from anywhere in the world – as long as you have an internet connection.
- How as long as you have a computer and an internet connection, you can start a Virtual Coaching business with virtually zero in start up costs – and you can get started quickly.
- The #1 strategy I’ve used to sell over 100 million dollars in products and services online to more than 1 million paying clients and customers that you can use too. It’s so simple yet extremely effective in helping you attract in qualified clients…we call it the Client Magnets.