If you are looking for a flexible career that gives you freedom from your 9-5 job or just want to bring additional cash into your home, becoming a virtual assistant is a fantastic route to take. It can be difficult to know how to get started, so I’m here to share with you the first steps you need to take to set up your own virtual assistant business.
What do your friends and family tell you that you’re great at? Focus on these strengths and figure out how you can use them in the online space.
Whether you have great organization skills, an eye for detail, or are particularly artistic, there’s an online venture suitable for your talents…among MANY others!
Starting an online business that you are passionate about will have a much higher chance of success, and you’ll enjoy your work more than ever before.
Think back through all of the jobs you have held in your life, and consider the wide range of skills you have obtained over the years. There may be some that you thought you’d never use again, like that hostess job you had when you were 16, or the admin work you did at your uncles’ office but all those hours spent on Excel or creating PowerPoints could come in handy again!
Write a list of the skills and platforms/tools you are confident using, and you’ll have a good basis for starting an online business.
After you’ve assessed your skills, think about which of these you feel most confident doing. Are you an expert at design, writing or bookkeeping? Choose a few of your best skills, and these should be the ones that you focus on to begin with.
While it’s great to have a wide range of offerings, narrowing it down to the ones you are confident at and enjoy doing is going to result in more enjoyable work going forward.
Plus, when you niche down to the work that you really enjoy doing and you’re GREAT at, this is where the magic happens!
At the start of your career as a virtual assistant, you may think that you need a fancy website or business cards but don’t stress about it or spend money on a designer…yet.
Simply aim to get your name out there and book your first clients. A website can come later on, but it’s certainly not essential, to begin with.
You are much better off spending your time focusing on developing your service and interacting with potential clients via social media.
When you first get started, it can be so tempting to think you need every program and service possible for your new business. Check out this previous post [LINK TO PAST POST], which highlights what you actually need to start your VA business, and for now, don’t worry about anything else.
My best-selling program the Scalable Service System gives you an exact breakdown of everything you will need to get started and sign your first client in just 2 weeks!I
Remember starting my VA business, and how exciting yet terrifying those first few months were. The payoff is well worth it in the end, so just focus on what you need to get started and the skills you are most confident at doing currently.
For more information on starting your new business, I break all of this down in my program, Scalable Service System.
This program shows you how to start your VA business and sign your first client in as little as two weeks!
Some of my students have signed clients in just a few days after implementing the tips they learned!
After more than 10 years in corporate marketing, Steph Blake decided that she was ready to go full force in her virtual assistant business to help other entrepreneurs automate & organize the backend.
The end result? $14K+ months, completely booked out & ready to teach other women to do the same thing!
What began as a tiny dream to eventually help other moms stay home with their kids, turned into an obsession that she’s fully invested in as a business coach.
Today she shows women how to start a virtual assistant business and scale it to reach 6+ figures while working less than 20 hours per week.