Want to start your own Virtual Assistant Business as side hustle?
Have you been thinking of starting your very own virtual assistant business as a side hustle?
Well, you are not alone. I started my journey as a Virtual Assistant for a food blogger years ago doing data encoding and some simple admin tasks as my side hustle. I must admit that working online needs determination, commitment, great organizational skills & time management. I still remember my early days of being a Virtual Assistant, I have those experience of having no clue how to do half of the tasks that I was asked to do. But eventually because I was passionate and determine enough to learn and put on the work, (Thanks to Google and Youtube!) I was able to meet work deadlines. Those experiences made me on what I am now and I don’t have any regrets on those journey as I have had enjoyed the challenge and stresses it brought me. Also, I was happy learning the software and apps needed to serve my clients. I feel like a different person and gearing up to a new career which excites me.
Now, the great thing about starting a Virtual Assistant business is you don’t need a bunch of money to get started. If you have a computer, a good internet and some skills then you’re good to go.
What is a Virtual Assistant?
There are so many used terms to define a Virtual Assistant. But this is how I define a Virtual Assistant, VA is a person who helps manage and grow a business or company by offering their services virtually. Oftentimes, a VA can also be the backbone of a company and/or the right-hand person to the owner of the business.
What Services can a virtual assistant provide?
The VA industry is fairly new but it has been growing and predicted to grow in the coming years. The reason behind this is the advent of broadband and technology that makes it easier to send large amounts of data back and forth through cloud based app that has made it possible to grow this industry. Imagine there are 2 billion available clients who needs to hire a virtual assistants to help them in their business every single day.
Isn’t it exciting when you think about the potential due to it’s the demand?
There are many types of work that you can do as a virtual assistant. Although most people think VA as being the same as virtual executive secretary but that’s not true at all.
Virtual Assistant is diverse. One VA can do any service for their client from graphic design to content writing to digital marketing ads. Truly, you can develop a VA business that is all your own and serves your clients in the way that you wish and what help they need.
If you’re adept at using social media to get the word out about events or other things in your local area you may be able to parlay those skills to becoming a social media manager to a business owner who lives anywhere. You may want to choose the types of businesses you’d like to work with so that you can specialize, or you may pick a basket of services that you will offer to anyone who needs them.
If you are good with any type of software such as educational software like Teachable.com you might offer your services to organize your client’s lessons so that they look super professional to their students. You may even choose to be a customer service VA or do some basic graphics using software like canva.com. The sky is truly the limit when it comes to your Virtual Assistant Business.
The key to making a six figure VA is to specialize. To reach to that level you have to be specific to a very high figure business owner and offer your valuable skills.
Are you now getting excited about the idea of starting your virtual assistant business yet?
Let’s slow down a bit and think about the pros and cons of starting a VA business.
Pros and Cons of Starting a Virtual Assistant Business
Like most business ventures there are always some pros and cons. But, unlike most business ventures the cons are very small when it comes to starting a VA business. Mostly because you won’t have a huge investment or a lot to lose if it doesn’t work out. But, if you really set your mind to it and get started on the right foot, it’s likely you will succeed. The truth is, most people who really want to be a Virtual Assistant can start making money within a week or two.
Qualities you need to be a Virtual Assistant:
You Must Be a Self-Starter
If you want to start any type of business the truth is, you must be able to motivate yourself intrinsically. If you can’t set a schedule for yourself with deadlines and stick to it then it will be hard for you to be a Virtual Assistant. Remember that your client is counting on you to meet your deadlines and if you aren’t meeting them they won’t keep you.
You Need to Pick the Right Niche
Starting a VA business requires some self-reflection and knowledge of yourself. If you are not an early morning person, and you hate talking on the phone, don’t pick a niche that requires that from you. Instead, choose something that is more flexible and is more deadline based than daily time-based with no phone work.
You May Need to Learn Something New
If you pick a niche that requires you to learn a new software, then you need to take a course or dive in and learn it. Luckily you can find a lot of courses on places like Lynda.com and Udemy.com and through other vendors and learn anything you want. Certification isn’t necessary, just knowledge of how to do it and be able to prove that you can do it.
You Will Need to Market and Promote Your VA Business
There is no such thing as ‘build it and they will come”. When you start any business including a virtual assistant business you need to know the right way to market and promote it so that you can get the word out. That means you’ll need a website, social media accounts, and more. But, it’s not hard when you know how.
My best advice on starting a Virtual Assistant business:
The best advice you need to know about starting a virtual assistant business is that you can overcome almost any obstacle because most of them aren’t even real. They’re just your brain putting things in your way to make you afraid. You can pick a niche without that obstacle. You can learn something new and get to work right away. The only thing you really need is the time and dedication to start your virtual assistant business on the right foot using the right tools and information.
I hope this post have given you inspiration to start your Virtual Assistant business. It takes hard work, but it doesn’t have to be scary!
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