How to start Become a Virtual Assistant
Wondering how to become a virtual assistant? It’s not that hard if you take the necessary steps to set up your business right from the beginning. Virtual assistant work is becoming increasingly popular due to COVID-19.
Let’s dive into the steps to get you on your way.
Step 1 Make the Decision
First, you need to get some clarity around what you want to do. If working from home is what you truly want, and you know you have some mad skills (or are willing to learn some), then decide right now that you are ready to do what it takes.
Step 2 Take Inventory of Your Virtual Assistant Skills
Think about jobs you’ve had in the past and how your skills can be transferred into a virtual world.
Here is a list of skills to help you get the creative juices flowing:
- customer service
- project management
- executive assistant
- administrative assistant
- human resource manager or coordinator
- coordinator of any type
- graphic designer
- website designer
- blog writer
- marketing assistant or manager
- planner superstar
You can take almost any skill and turn it into an in-demand service for online entrepreneurs.
Make your list of skills and cross off any that you really don’t like to do. After all, you want to be happy in your new career.
Step 3 Determine Your Ideal Client
You may not know who your ideal client is until you have some experience working with different clients.
What you really should be asking yourself is this:
“Who could benefit most from what I’m offering?”
Remember, you want to offer the right virtual work to the right people at the right time.
You don’t have to paint yourself into a box with clients, but it will help your marketing efforts if you can specialize in a particular industry or type of business (e-commerce for example). Then see where the work takes you!
Step 4 Determine Your Services and Prices
Once you have identified the skills you’d like to use, then it’s time to start designing your service offerings and putting a price on them.
There are many ways to price Virtual Assistant services. A lot will depend on your services and your industry. You may have to do a little research and you might have some trial and error before landing on your ideal pricing. Check
Step 5 Start Spreading the Word about virtual work
- If you can quickly and affordably put up a four-or-five-page website, then do it. A website is a great way to let people get to know you before you get them on the phone for a consultation.
You can use Squarespace or WordPress to create a professional site. You’ll want a professional-looking website that is clear and concise and attracts your ideal client.
Network Like Crazy
Now it’s time to start telling the world what you do.
Send an email to your friends, family, former business coaches and anyone else that could potentially refer clients to you.
Step 6 Have Boundaries
Remember as a virtual assistant, you must set boundaries in your business. (Important)
- Create set working hours for yourself and your clients.
- Don’t be “on call” for your clients unless it’s a special event or launch and you agree to work a bit more for a limited amount of time.
- Set clear expectations for turnaround times on projects.
- Get good at saying no. If you receive an unreasonable request, you can say no.
- Don’t work for free.
Most clients are going to be amazing, wonderful people. But you have to guide them on how to work with you.
Ready to Get Started with Your Own Virtual Assistant Business?
- Being a virtual assistant is an amazing way to make a good income, work from home with a flexible schedule, be there for your family and pets, and live life on your terms.
Start making your dream career as a virtual assistant happen!