5 Steps to Become a Virtual Assistant

Being a Virtual Assistant can be rewarding both financially and from a personal perspective as often you can choose who you work for and what tasks you take on. You also get to set your own schedule and can potentially work from anywhere. Here are the 5 steps to follow to start a home-based virtual assistant business

Step #1. Focus On Your Offer
By now, you know you can offer hundreds of services as a VA. You can do everything from writing, emailing, calendar management, bookkeeping, marketing, social media, and more. Focus on the skills you have and enjoy doing. There is no reason to spread yourself too thin, especially at the beginning, when you have a lot to learn!

Step #2: Set Up Your Business the Right Way

When you are starting out, you need to decide how you will run your business. You can set it up as a sole proprietor. This is a fast and easy way and does not require any special setup. The only issue is that if anything happens to your business, you will put your personal asset at risk.

Step #3: Create A Website and Social Media Presence
If you want to work remotely, you will have to sell yourself as an online communication expert. The best way to do this is to create a website that shows your skills and what services you offer. Think about it as your ‘virtual’ CV.

Your website will showcase what you can do to your potential clients, and it will play an important role in establishing your business.

Social media is also an important part of your business, but you do not have to be everywhere: learn where your potential clients hang out and master one or two social media platforms. Are they on Facebook? On Instagram? Become an expert and follow them to show them you understand their brand.

Step #4: Find Friends in Your Niche
Working from home can, from time to time, become a lonely job. You will always need a support group, someone that understands you and can help you by giving you advice or simply share a rant from time to time.

Look for Facebook groups and blogs that are in your niche. Find a group of people that share your goals and work alongside them to build a successful business.

Step 5#: Make Your Clients Happy & Ask for Feedback
Making your clients happy is the biggest asset to your business. Once you find your first client, do everything you can to deliver top service. A happy, satisfied client might recommend you to other business owners they know, and you just need a handful of clients to make a full-time income as a virtual assistant!

Do not be afraid to ask for feedback. Ask your clients if there is anything you can improve on and take anything they say on board. Use every positive note as testimonials and ask your best clients if you can use them as referrals.
MyVA Project number: 2020-1-SE01-KA226-VET-092491
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