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Getting Out of the "Employee" Mindset


Here at the AAVBA, we believe in the American spirit of independence.

The AAVBA will train you to be an Independent Contractor, not an employee.

If you sign up with the American Association of Virtual Bankruptcy Assistants to sit back and wait for the assignments to come to you, you are sorely mistaken. We are not an employment agency. Let me repeat that, WE ARE NOT AN EMPLOYMENT AGENCY.

As part of the membership to the AAVBA, we expect you to continue your marketing efforts.

It wouldn’t be fair to the other VBA’s who have spent months, some even years, marketing to Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys just so others can sign up and wait for assignments to land on their laps.

We offer a training session on Marketing and Business Development that has proven to be successful for other VBA’s.

If you don’t have marketing materials prepared, and you’re a trained VBA, you should start working on that now. You should also have a business website and all your contact information should be updated.

We want this organization to work for everyone, not just a chosen few. You are not in competition with each other; you are a member of an organization that believes in working TOGETHER.

The new VBA’s trained through the AAVBA will be just as competent and prepared to start their business. And they too, will be expected to market their business just like everyone else.

We will train you to set up your SOHO (Small Office/Home Office). We will also give you the information you require to become a successful, responsible business person.

You have to do the hard part. You have to start thinking as a legitimate, fully committed Independent Contractor.

One thing you need to change is your thought process. You are the manager of your own time, not the other way around.

You are not an employee; you do not a punch time clock. Isn’t that why you went into business for yourself in the first place?

If you are currently working full time or part time, do not quit your job. Let me repeat that, DO NOT QUIT YOUR JOB.

It will take time to build your business. This is true for everyone. But with aggressive marketing, you can be successful as a VBA and eventually, be able to quit your job.

As an Independent Contractor, you will have much to prove. If you’re willing to stick with it, you can be successful. With the help of other member VBA’s, we can all be successful.

When we attend the NACBA Conference in May, we will expose the AAVBA and you to many attorneys. Some will like the idea of hiring a VBA, some won’t. But we’ll do our part to edify the VBA Industry.

The question is this. Will you be willing to do your part to edify the AAVBA? Not just for yourself, but for other VBA’s and VBA’s yet to be trained.

We hope so. We can’t do this alone, but there is strength in numbers and we’re counting on you to be part of this growing industry.

Stay Encouraged!

Copyright © 2008 Virginia “Vikki” Watanabe. All rights reserved. Vikki Watanabe assists attorneys as a Virtual Bankruptcy Assistant. Vikki is the Founder and CEO of the American Association of Virtual Bankruptcy Assistants, a national nonprofit organization. She is also a Notary Signing Agent in Gardena, CA.

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