So, it sounds like you are thinking about starting your own profitable VA business, also known as a Virtual Assistant Business. I don’t blame you, it’s an AMAZING way to make a great living with maximum flexibility. I’m in my 8th year as a part-time Virtual Assistant 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 Virtual Assistant 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. Check out my post on Pinterest for Real Estate Professionals.
Services you Can Offer for your Virtual Assistant Business
As for specialties, you can do SEO updates, write content, manage podcasts, help with bookkeeping tasks, coordinate social media posts, 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 start a virtual assistant business? I’d like to say you can just pull it together in a week, but I’d be doing you a disservice. In order to do a proper job for your potential clients, you really need to get your ducks in a row when starting a virtual assistant business. Well, there’s a lot of things you need to know and some thing to get set up. You’ll want to learn how to:
- Determine what services (or combination of services) to offer. Please make sure that you have a good relevant skill set. It’s not fair to clients to learn your craft from scratch on their dime!
- How to set up your packages to let potential clients know what services you have available, your pricing, 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 virtual assistants.
- 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).
This is what I cover when I do coaching for folks who are starting a virtual assistant business. I can show you how to get the business license, set up the contracts, coach you on your packages and pricing, and give you ideas on where to find clients. Check out my Coaching Page.
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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