I Screwed Up

It’s true.  I had a big ‘Oops’ moment last week (I still cringe to think about it) and if you are a Virtual Assistant – you are bound to experience one too.  Mistakes and Blunders are going to happen.  I have a V.A. friend who mistakenly picked up her client’s coffee during a consultation and *gasp* drank out of it!  Luckily that is something everyone can laugh about later.  But at some point in your career, you will mess up a client project and have to face the music of a dreadfully unhappy client.

So how should you handle it when it happens?  What you do after you screw up will make a huge difference in keeping or losing your client.  Here are some tips:

1.  ‘Fess Up.  Always admit that you made a mistake as soon as you are aware it has happened.   Let your client know immediately (this will hurt – no one likes to call up a client to tell them you made a huge flub) but you have to do it anyway.

2.  No lame excuses.  There might be a million reasons  for your error and your instincts will tell you to blame it on someone else (ie – YOUR instructions weren’t clear…YOU didn’t give me enough time…YOU approved the copy) but clients definitely don’t want to hear that.  They want to hear a solution.   Suck it up and avoid making excuses.

3. Apologize Profusely.  Apologize again.  ‘Nuff said.

4.  Offer to make it right.  Come up with a solution as soon as possible and do whatever it takes to make it right.  It will be much easier to tell your client you’ve made a mistake if you can offer some sort of solution at the same time.

There are bound to be glitches at some point in your career as a VA – but knowing how to handle them will ensure you have a long and happy career in this business.  Learn from your mistakes and be sure they never happen twice!



About the Author

Hi - I'm Lisa McDonell, a Virtual Assistant who shows other women how to launch and grow their own online business, make money from home and have a fun and supportive Virtual Assistant Lifestyle.