Molly Rose Daily hated being stuck in a cubicle all day. She craved the freedom to travel the world, bringing her work with her. That would never be possible in a corporate job.
One day, she finally had enough. She quit her job and started her own business as virtual assistant for authors, speakers and entrepreneurs. Now known as The Business Co-Pilot, Molly helps her clients automate and streamline their businesses, offering services that include email management, sales funnels strategy & implementation and course management.
Molly also created the Academy for Virtual Assistants to teach others how to follow her lead and create an exciting business that provides you with the money and flexibility to work when you want, where you want.
In this interview, Molly Rose shares how she got started, what qualities helped her to succeed and her advice to start your own virtual assistant business:
1. What is your dream and how are you currently living it out?
I had a dream 5 years ago to create a career that allowed me to work wherever, whenever and with whomever I wanted. For the past 5 years I have been a business owner who offers outsourced COO services to Online Entrepreneurs. Now, I am educator to those who want to do the same with a program that teaches others how to start a virtual business to carry out the same dream and lifestyle.
2. What steps did you take to get started in the beginning?
I reached out to mentors and those who were earning an income utilizing their unique ability or knowledge to sell a product or a service. I listened to them and I asked for advice that I actually took. I made the decision to ditch my job as a cubicle dweller and go out on my own and I put all of my strengths to work. I invested in a few high level online courses and began educating my mind to stay self motivated and driven. This changed everything!
3. What challenges did you face to pursue your dream and how did you overcome them?
I faced a monetary challenge of having a unpredictable income and the challenge of doing something that no one else was doing by quitting the safe job and going out on my own.
Nothing good comes out of hanging on to your feelings around the negative. You are meant to feel good, be empowered and have confidence.
4. What mindset shifts did you have to go through to turn your dream into a reality?
My dream of having the ability to be location independent has enabled mindsets that I didn’t know existed. By this I mean, I think bigger. I am no longer focused on the social norm of getting good grades, then a great job, followed by a healthy 401K and retirement. My mindset shifted to begin living more, finding cool and interesting ways to build wealth and more importantly living in this space of being present.
5. How do you deal with fears and self-doubt?
I allow them to fester for about an hour and then I tell fears and self doubt to leave! They have a purpose, but nothing good comes out of hanging on to your feelings around the negative. You are meant to feel good, be empowered and have confidence, I choose to live in that space as much as possible.
6. When did you realise you had made it?
At the beginning of 2016. I had just experienced my first month doubling corporate monthly income and I planned my first 50 day solo trip to Europe. It was then that I realized I am doing it, I have created a career and life that allows me location independence, doing work that I love!
7, What personal characteristic helped you the most in achieving your dream?
Independence and drive.
8. Do you have any daily habits or rituals that have set you up for success?
What you do on a daily basis I have found to be very important and in many ways life altering. From morning to bedtime I make it a priority to do simple things to check in with myself to be present and have gratitude. These routines revolve around taking a morning break where I walk on the beach and listen to audio books about spiritual development, I meditate as much as I can and practice yoga, whether in a studio or on my patio! These three things alone are game changers.
9. What are three lessons you’ve learned on your journey?
Always ensure an equal energy exchange in the work you provide!
Have big dreams, you’ll likely attain them if you ask for them to happen!
Being a jack of all trades is truly being a master of none.
10. What advice would you give to other women who want to become virtual assistants?
Hold yourself with a high level of integrity in the work you do, while charging your worth! I find the virtual assistants that stand out run their business like it’s a true business with high value services, policies and above par support. Having integrity in your work will make you a trusted asset to your clients and they will refer you on to their closest entrepreneur friends.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to invest in great education around running the business or learning a new skill. It will kick start your business growth and allow you to gain revenue faster!