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20 Things Learned: Check Your Trainer

Lesson 8: Research your trainer!

If you are the sort of person who likes training – and training is good – especially ongoing professional development – make sure you research your trainer!

There are so many trainers out there now promising they can show you how you can make $10,000 in your first month or be a 6-figure VA in your first year it is hard to know who is legit and who has just worked out a great way to make money themselves!

Be sure you know what you’re getting with trainers

If your trainer has only been in business one to three years they are NOT qualified to teach you how to be successful as a VA. Success means different things to different people of course – for some it’s making money and that is pretty much where it ends. For others it’s being at home for childcare or elder care needs. But for me, success as a business means you are making a profit, putting in tax returns and paying tax. If your ‘trainer’ isn’t doing that, are they truly a business? Can they teach you to be IN business and to RUN a business?

I’ve seen “trainers” who have only been in business themselves 12 months; others whose businesses never got off the ground. I’ve even seen people pass themselves off as trainers who were literally just rehashing webinars they had attended a few months before! How do I know? Because I was the one who signed them up to the webinars!

There are many reputable trainers out there – you need to research who they are! I did an episode of the Virtual Business Show – Ep 36 – that goes into detail about training that you might want to have a listen to. There is a lot of information there that you are going to want to know before you sign up with someone.  Do your homework!

© Lyn Prowse-Bishop – www.execstress.com