Virtual assistants perform a wide variety of tasks that are usually administrative in nature, and the services that you can offer as a VA are limitless and can depend on your background training, and experience. If you want to make up to $60 as a Virtual Assistant, there are some things you can do to facilitate that.
Common tasks that can be done as a VA:
- Making phone calls
- Email correspondence
- Internet research
- Data entry
- Scheduling appointments
- Blog management
- Project management
- Graphic design
…and the list goes on.
Do You Need Training?
You don’t need any special training to work from home as a virtual assistant, but you do need to have good organizational and time management skills, as well as excellent communication skills. There are some virtual assistant training programs, and these can be helpful in establishing your credibility in the field, especially if you don’t have any previous job experience.
Here’s a list of services that you can provide in your VA business.
How Much Can You Make as a VA?
Depending on which services you offer, and the length of time that you’ve been working in the field, virtual assistants can make anywhere from $12 – $60 per hour. If you’re running your own VA business, there are a few different ways that you can charge for your services; by the hour, by the task, project, or prepared packages – explore what options work best for you and your clients.
If you’re simply interested in doing some VA work from home, the following are a couple of companies that you can register with, who will find virtual assistant work for you;
If you think you might need virtual assistance training, here’s a valuable online course that you can check out.
To start a VA business, you should get yourself up to speed on the best business practices, file all of the appropriate paperwork with your city or state the way you would for any other type of business, and get your legal and financial business in order. Once you set up the initial framework, you can start working on the ‘actual’ business.
1. Choose a niche.
There are many different services you can offer, but something bigger to consider, is who would you like to work for? While some VA’s are generalists and work on a wide variety of tasks, it’s easier and more lucrative to choose a specialty for your services. Figuring out what niche you want to focus on can be a difficult, but if you think about your passions, interests, experience, it’s a fairly easy decision to make.
Here’s a handy list of niches that you can choose from.
2. Build a website.
To be competitive as a virtual assistant, you absolutely need to have a website. Your website is the tool that helps you attract clients, and it gives you a place to showcase your work, list your services and testimonials, and it makes you look more professional. Setting up a website is easy and affordable. This post has step-by-step instructions that will get you up and running in no time!
3. Market that business.
There are tons of ways to promote your VA business; the thing you need to remember is that consistency is key. Choose more than one method that you think you’ll enjoy doing and spend time each day working on those methods.
Not sure of how to market your business?
- Social media
- Cold calling
- In-person networking
- Email marketing
- PR opportunities
- Guest blogging
- Email prospecting
- Facebook groups
Now that you’ve got your website up and running, and you’re actively marketing your business, it’s time to connect with those who could use your services. Some experts believe you should follow up with five to ten new prospects a day until you have a constant flow of clients in your pipeline.
4. Invest in your VA business.
As you work to build cash flow, you’ll want to reinvest some of it into developing your business. To that end, there are any number of events including conferences, webinars, online courses, books, and coaching sessions, etc. to further your business knowledge, and make it a success.