How To Start A Virtual Assistant Business
Starting Your Own Virtual Assistant Business
In the world of the Internet becoming a Virtual Assistant, is a popular choice for many people looking to make money from working at home. If you are considering starting your own Virtual Assistant business, then hopefully this page will help answer a few questions you may have.
Here are just a few things you should consider when setting up your Virtual Assistant business.
Step 1: What Is A VA
Basically, a Virtual Assistant is anyone who works in an Administrative or a Marketing capacity but that work is done for small business owners in a totally remote environment. This means, yes you will be working from home but most generally, you will be working as your own business owner.
Although there are some VA companies that will hire people to work from home as employees but the real beauty about this business model, is that you can:
- Do all this on your own
- Start your own Virtual Assistant business, which provides you with the freedom and flexibility to work from home
- Work your own hours
- Work the schedule that you can, with the skills that you already have
Step 2: Enhance Your Skills
You yourself will probably hold several skills, that to you may seem trivial. However, those skills to other people are very valuable. Simple skills such as, writing letters, emails or creating a spreadsheets can be a huge advantage to a business owner that do either does not have time to write letters or simply does not have the skill to do. The skills you hold, can certainly be a valuable asset to business owners and that is why, it is important for you to ensure you put your skills to use and make them known. From the beginning, list the skills you hold, so that other businesses know what you are capable of and how you will be able to help their business. Here are just a few ideas of the skills and services you could offer:
Newsletter Design and Creation
Social Media Management
Website Design and Management
Step 3: Pricing
A common question people ask, is how much can you make from becoming a Virtual Assistant. Well, how much you earn, is simply down to how much you want to earn. How much do you actually want to earn per week? If you want to earn £200 per week and only want to work 10-15 hours, then you can generally work out your hourly rate by these two figures. If you are wanting to make £500 per week and are more flexible with your hours, then you can work out your hourly rate accordingly. Some jobs you take on, may not be paid on an hourly basis and may actually be paid on a set fee term. This means that you could actually earn a considerably better rate per hour on this basis.
Step 4: Organisation and Contracts
One thing you should sort out before you get your first client, is how you will arrange things. You need to decide, how you will get paid, how you will work together, contracts, invoicing and other tasks.
Having a solid contract in place, is very important before you enter into any working partnership and will not only safeguard yourself but also the people whom you are working for.
Invoicing: WAV apps and dub Sado
Ste 5: Finding Clients
As with starting any new business, finding your first clients can be the most difficult clients to find. Once you have a few clients and people begin to know about you, word of mouth generally kicks in and then more clients start to come in.
Talk to people you know, who have their own businesses and let them know that you have set up your own Virtual Assistant business. Let them know what you specialise in and give them your details. Visit other local businesses and introduce yourself to them. Once again, let them know how you can help them and leave them your details. Ask friends and family to post your details on Social Media platforms to help generate business.
Step 6: Website
When you first start your Virtual Assistant business, the most important thing, is to get your business up and running and start earning money from your first few clients. Concentrate on getting clients and then once you have established your business, think about setting up your own website, to help build your brand. Usually, when you are building a business, having a website up and running, is one of the first steps but as a Virtual Assistant, you can set one up at a later stage.
Step 7: Grow Your Business
Once you have successfully set up your Virtual Assistant business, it is now time to scale up and the beauty of this business, is you can grow your business to how you want to work. You can grow your business to the size that suits you. You can work as many hours as you wish and you can work from the environment you choose. That really is why becoming a Virtual Assistant, has become such a popular choice for people wanting to work from home.