If you’ve been looking for a viable way to generate an income from home, I’m sure you’ve seen a number of posts on how to be a virtual assistant. I’ve been blogging since 2011 and freelancing since 2014. It’s definitely been a journey, but I can say with confidence that it was worth all the effort.
So You Want to Be a Virtual Assistant
In 2011, I started a small blog that I have since re-branded into Hay Hay Life. Over the years, I found new facets of content creation that I really enjoyed doing. If you’ve been following me since the beginning I’m sure you’ve noticed a change in the quality of my images and designs. I developed a passion for it that I never would’ve thought of when I first started. That’s definitely where we will begin.
Find Your Passion
If you are already blogging, maybe you’ve already found areas that you enjoy more than others. Perhaps you’re even great at it, and knowing this will help you create your service offerings.
When I first started expanding my brand to include virtual assistant services I didn’t take the time to focus on my strengths. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of offering what seemed like “easy sales” at the time. Doing so did nothing to build my business reputation.
It wasn’t until a client pointed out how much she loved my image design work, that I realized that was the direction I was going to take. That one compliment challenged me to hone in and redefine what I would offer as a virtual assistant.
If there was only one tip you walk away with today, it would be to pursue your passion. When you determine your service menu, don’t try to be the one-stop virtual assistant. Be AWESOME in a few specific areas, not average at the whole spectrum of VA services.
With that said, the second tip should be easy.
Be a Sponge
If you are truly passionate about becoming a virtual assistant you will soak up all the training you can get like a sponge. I invested in the Virtual Assistant Training and Rockstar Pinning courses offered by Sadie over at Slap Dash Mom. I didn’t spend a dime of my virtual assistant income for the first year on anything but training and tools. But, we’ll get back to that in the next section.
Create a strong foundation for yourself by gaining as much knowledge as you can during the first year of your journey to be a virtual assistant. I’m not saying you don’t need to learn anything after that, it’s a growing field and you will need to stay up to date on trends and programs. But in the first year, you have an opportunity to build your business along with your reputation, so be a sponge!
Think Like a Business Owner
Let me go back to the point I made earlier about your initial virtual assistant income. Why wouldn’t I pay myself, I earned it? Well, I think what sets many people apart in any business is their mentality. If you want short term wins then yes, by all means, spend it. But, if you’re looking for a long-term business then think like a business owner.
Most traditional businesses do not generate a profit within their first 3-5 years! Luckily this isn’t a traditional business, but you still have to build seed money so you’re not re-routing more of your personal budget to finance your new venture. Be patient and map out your strategy and goals.
Another area that is sometimes forgotten is customer service. You are going to have clients and their experience will easily determine the future of your business. It’s no different than what you expect from your favorite store, EXCEPT bloggers have very strong networking capabilities. It’s almost scary really. Now you don’t have to lose your backbone or anything, but always provide a level of service that you would expect someone to give to your mother. No, seriously!
On the other hand, if a client walks away unsatisfied, in spite of all your best efforts (refund and all), just take a deep breath and move on. You can’t please everyone. If you know you did what you could, that’s really all you can do.
Be Self-Motivated, It’s a Necessity
At last, I bring you to my final tip. Self-motivation is a huge, Godzilla-sized necessity when you’re working from home. It is so easy to get distracted by the world around you. No one else is going to help you be a virtual assistant or anything really if you’re not willing to do it yourself.
So do what you have to do to get motivated and get to work. There are days I’d love to stroll through Target, with the raging miniature version of myself, but as lovely as that sounds I know I have projects to finish. So I grab my coffee and hit the ground running.
Hopefully, I didn’t scare anyone away at this point because I really do believe it is truly worth the effort if you want to be a virtual assistant. So start soaking up some information and map out your strategy and goals because it’s your turn to build the foundation of your new business.
My Favorite VA Tools:
Asana – Great FREE program to manage multiple projects. You can even create separate workspaces for each client.
Unsplash – Free high-resolution stock photos.
PicMonkey – Awesome and easy to use photo editing program. I personally use the Royale version for the flexibility.
Canva – Another great design program for beginners. Use your imagination to create amazing designs.
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