So, it sounds like you are thinking about starting your own profitable VA business. I don’t blame you, it’s a heck of a way to make a living. I’m in my 6th year as a part-time VA’er and I’ve recently retired from my Corporate job to be a full-time Pinterest Manager. I love the freedom and flexibility of it all. And the fact that most experienced VA’s earn from $30 to $50 an hour doesn’t hurt a bit!
Possibilities for Clients for Your New Business
The beauty of this career path is that the opportunities are somewhat endless. There are so many different types of services you can offer and so many different types of clients you can work for. I typically work for varying types of bloggers, but I know a lot of people specialize in real estate professionals, small business owners, or various sales professionals.
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Services you Can Offer
As for specialties, you can do general admin work, write content, do social media work, help with bookkeeping tasks, manage Email, do web design or create graphics, and about a zillion other things. I started out doing Pinterest work almost exclusively, but now I’m starting to branch out into WordPress tech support and I’m eyeballing Email management (see my HIRE ME Page). I’m even doing a bit of coaching on the side for other bloggers and VA’s. That’s one of the best things about owning a business like this, you determine your hours, the services you want to cover, and set your own pricing.
How to Get Started with your Profitable VA Business
So, how to get started with your own profitable VA business? Well, there’s a lot of things you need to know. You’ll want to learn how to:
- Determine what services (or combination of services) to offer
- How to set up your packages to let potential clients know what services you have available and your experience level
- Where to find clients and how to set up your business to serve them
- How to come up with a contract to deal with confidentiality issues, payments, and manage expectations – no one ever said that a business like this wasn’t quite challenging at times, especially from a legal standpoint. I have a lawyer that I’m associated with who offers a legal package especially for VA business owners.
- The usual financial aspects of running a business – tracking payments and expenses, figuring out your deductions and other tax issues. I do have some help for you in this area – Quick and Dirty Quickbooks and Panic-Free Tax Prep. I also just finished a post about how to Get Paid on Time as a Freelancer.
- You may also want to set up a website for your new business. I can help with that (see my HIRE ME page) or you could try my friend Shannon’s 5-day website challenge. It’s FREE and super helpful to set up a WordPress website from scratch
Courses/Groups/Training to Get You Started with your Profitable VA Business
Happily, there is a LOT of training available.
Rhonda Melogy’s Laptop Collective is the group I would most highly recommend. I’m actually a founding member of this group and it’s my first go-to when I have an issue. The best part of this community is that its extremely affordable and there is a comprehensive tech lab that has about 45 mini courses on just about ever bit of technology imaginable – all included in your monthly price – as many courses as you want to take.
Plus, it’s a very active and focused group. Rhonda shows up several times a week for live training sessions, plus occasionally brings in some hotshot guest speakers from different industries to help us out. It’s the most helpful and supportive group I’ve ever been a part of, and I’ve been in quite a few. Here’s a link to check it out – Laptop Collective.
There are low monthly payments available – it’s one of the most affordable programs on the market and here is just a sample of all the courses you can take in her program and new ones are added every month – that’s an incredible value. You’ll definitely want to check out the Laptop Collective if you are serious about starting a profitable VA business. I hope to see you in the group – be sure to say Hi.
In the meantime, if you need some Pinterest tips, a website built, or a little fix-it help with your website, just leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.
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Blogging resources I love and recommend:
Tailwind – I’ve been working with Tailwind for about five years. They are the pin scheduler of choice and it is jam-packed with great features. If you haven’t already, sign up for a FREE month of Tailwind HERE.
Legal Templates – You are required by law to have a certain package of legalese on your blog. You need to have copyright notices, privacy policies, and various other terms and conditions to protect yourself from being sued. The package I recommend is created by Amira Law – a lawyer who specializes in all aspects of blogging and internet business legalities. Learn more about these Legal Templates HERE.
Pinterest Resources – Pinterest is definitely my jam. I can do a personalized Pinterest/Tailwind audit where I go over your account with a 30-point checklist and then set up a Zoom call with you to give you TONS of suggestions. Order the Pinterest Audit HERE.
HIRE ME – I make a full-time living taking great care of my blogger peeps. I’ve done Pinterest Management for the last five years for dozens of clients. I set up mailing lists, automations and build pop-ups for people. I can also build you a simple website. To learn more – go HERE.