BECOMING A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
A Virtual Assistant Career
Becoming a Virtual Assistant is an exciting step into creating a life of being your own boss including flexibility, hardwork & satisfaction.
"Some great reasons to start a VA business are:
It’s quick to set up and affordable, especially if you already have the skills and equipment to do the work. All you need is a laptop or computer and a fast internet connection.
You don’t need specific licenses or college degrees to get started.
You can create your own schedule and work as much or as little as you want.
But before you get started, you also need to be mindful of the cons of starting a new business as a virtual assistant:
Unless you already know someone that needs a VA, finding your first clients can be challenging.
You have to stay on top of current technology and trends in the services and industries you offer.
You will have to compete with overseas VA that can offer much cheaper rates. To offset this, you’ll need to offer a higher level of service and ideally niche down in something more specialized that could require specific technical skills."
- Gathering Dreams, 2020 (https://gatheringdreams.com/how-to-become-a-virtual-assistant/)
We constantly get DMs from people asking things along the lines of 'hey, I want to be a VA, can you give me work?'
To which we kindly respond 'if only it was as easy as that'.⠀
'Willing to put in hard work to get your clients' would be one of the most important items we'd put on a list, for those looking to become a VA.
Here's a rough list of things to think about if you're looking into a VA career:
⭐ As mentioned above, are you happy to put in hard work and promote yourself?
⭐ Are you willing to continuously learn throughout your career?
⭐ Are you willing to invest?
⭐ Are you confident in yourself and your skills?
⭐ Can you afford to 'build up your brand' and manage periods where income can be inconsistent?⠀
⭐ Do you have good time management and self-motivation?
⭐ Do you enjoy (and are you good at) communicating with people and following instuctions? Including managing difficult situations such as conflict or rejection.
These are just some examples of things to think about prior to starting your VA business, based on things we personally have been/go through.
We have a short quiz that could help you as well - head to the quiz in our menu or click here.
We have made a summary below of some key areas to think of when becoming a VA.
Hint: Check out our Industry Support Directory if you're looking to hire support to help with your VA business