If you have experience working as a PA, Executive Assistant or Administrator and are looking for flexible working options then this could be for you.
Not sure? Here are 5 Ways to Know if You’re Ready to Become a Freelance Virtual Assistant.
1: You Have Valuable Skills: You don’t have to wait until you’re the world’s most skilled VA before you launch your Virtual Assistant business.
Think about your last few jobs and how by the end of them you could do them in your sleep. What skills did you use? Don’t forget that the small business owners who will be your clients are way behind you in terms of admin skills.
Yes, you ARE already an expert who can bring valuable benefits into a small business. Don’t let the fact that you don’t know everything about the VA world yet put you off.
If you need help working out your services check out my blog post on 47 Services You Could Provide as a Virtual Assistant Using Skills You Already Have. HERE
2: You Love To Help: If you’ve worked in a business support environment, your biggest asset is your desire to help - you love being efficient and organised. After all, it’s what you built your career on.
Never underestimate the value of your willingness to muck in and give 100%. Your enthusiasm and commitment will not go unnoticed and will drive you forward.
These characteristics are often all that your potential clients are looking for. Eagerness to help and learn on the hoof are often valued above experience.
3. You Have at Least 5-10 Hours a Week to Dedicate to This: You can’t do this in an hour a week, but you can do it whilst holding down a part-time job. And yes you can even launch a VA business whilst working full-time if you’re really dedicated.
What you do need to do though is commit to spending a minimum amount of time each week to take the necessary steps, otherwise it is never going to happen.
If you aren’t working and don’t have other commitments you can afford to spend most of your time on this and you can launch within weeks. If you are working in a job at the same time, it will take a bit longer - be prepared to be disciplined and work regularly on getting your business off the ground.
4: You’re Brave Enough to Take the Rough with the Smooth: Setting up your own business will be a learning curve - no doubt about it.
Yes you will need to learn some new skills and get to grips with unfamiliar software.
Yes you will need to learn to sell yourself and learn how to network effectively.
And you will certainly need to step out of your comfort zone.
But you can take it step-by-step - you just need to recognise that you can’t master everything straight away. Everyone makes mistakes but if you’re prepared to learn from them then you’re halfway there already!
5: You Recognise That There’s Competition: Don’t be afraid of the competition - embrace it. Yes there are many other VAs out there but you are unique and will put your own stamp on your business.
There are many small business owners and entrepreneurs who have tried or heard about the bad VAs on the scene - the ones who charge £10 an hour but can’t spell or get the work out on time. These are your ideal clients - they’re ready for the help of a really top-notch VA who is dedicated, efficient, eager to learn and to get it right for them. And they will pay well for it.
Competition can also be a route to finding clients. Networking with other VAs will be key as you each have your own strengths and can refer work to each other. When starting out, doing associate work for other VAs can also give you valuable experience.