Updated: Sep 15
So you’ve decided to take a leap and start your own Virtual Assistant business, but where do you even start? There are so many resources out there to get information from, it can be rather daunting. And sometimes the information can be conflicting…….nail down your branding in the beginning, branding can come later. Believe it or not, many people give up already at this stage.
Not to worry though, I’ve got your back and want to share some of the most valuable tips I have gathered through my own journey.
There are a multitude of moving parts you are going to have to deal with, especially starting out in the virtual world. Not only are you changing and growing as a business person, but the world of technology and software is constantly changing too, you have to grow with it.
Do a quick web search and you have an abundance of resources at your fingertips. Filtering through the information can be a time consuming task, but know this, you don’t have to absorb ALL of it. And you also have to understand that you are going to go through your fair share of “trial and error”, but hang in there!
Every great idea starts with a plan and organisation. The same is true for starting your own business as a Virtual Assistant. As I stated, there is so much information out there, it’s impossible to digest it all. But it is possible to sift through it to find what works best for your situation.
You need to start by asking yourself a few simple questions:
What services do you want to offer?
What programs are you most comfortable/interested in using?
What social media platforms do you want to use?
What skills do you need to expand on?
Knowing the answers to these questions will get you started on the right path and keep you organized on your journey.
One of the most important aspects of becoming a Virtual Assistant is networking. EVERYTHING in the digital world revolves around networking from just starting out, to finding clients, to growing and expanding your business. When you’re starting out, it’s great to become part of groups that you can ask questions, gain support, and have a place to vent if you need to. There are a ton of groups that are filled with people waiting to offer their support, advice, and encouragement.
Once your business is off the ground, networking will play an important role in finding new clients and growing your business. Facebook has a plethora of groups that are geared towards VA’s finding one-off gigs or long-term positions. At some point you may need to find a VA of your own, and since you already have the networking know-how, you will be able to find one that suits your needs perfectly.
I know from experience, that this is probably the hardest aspect when starting out as a Virtual Assistant. While social media is a great place to network, it can also be a place where you get easily discouraged. You feel like you’ve done everything right, yet you can’t seem to land any clients, but it seems like everyone else is…….STAY POSITIVE! Things will fall into place when they are supposed to.
Not everyone is going to have a journey that is identical. We all learn, process, and perform in different ways. The goal is to keep your head up and not get discouraged, maybe find yourself an accountability partner that can help keep you motivated and in check.
If you’re ready to start your Virtual Assistant journey (or if you just recently started), know that I have faith in you. And because I know how big of a struggle it can be sometime, I have been working on a product to help you out, “The Handbook of Starting your Virtual Assistant Business”. It is chalked full of helpful hints, exercises, and resources. Check it out here