Virtual Assistant

What is a Virtual Assistant?

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My start as a virtual assistant

Eight years into my corporate career and I was beyond ready for a change. I knew I wanted to work for myself, but I wasn’t sure what that would look like. I didn’t believe that I could do the type of work I was involved in from home, and virtual assistance was an unknown term to me. I was a Marketing and Communications Specialist and most of my work was done at my desk with the exception of offsite meetings, networking events and some of my event planning tasks. In 2013, my husband and I made a big move from Florida to Missouri. I didn’t have a job lined up, and I was hesitant to head back to a corporate job setting. I did what so many others are doing these days, and Googled “work from home jobs.” I stumbled upon a freelance job board, quickly landed my first client and the rest is history. I didn’t even realize at that time that I was a virtual assistant. It took a lot of figuring things out as I went, but I soon realized – this virtual assistant thing was exactly what I was searching for, but didn’t know existed.

What is a virtual assistant?

If you’re new around here, let me explain to you what a virtual assistant, often called a VA, is. A virtual assistant is an independent contractor that provides services to businesses and works remotely. Typically, VA’s will work with a business but never physically meet the owner or employees face-to-face. Virtual assistants take on support tasks to allow business owners to focus more on the critical needs of their business.

Virtual assistance is often thought to include administrative work, but there’s much more to it! Virtual Assistance is actually an umbrella term, and under the umbrella of “virtual assistance”, there’s an extensive amount of services that can be offered. Social media management, graphic design, copywriting, blogging, and more are examples of services offered by virtual assistants. Feel free to check out my Services that Sell workbook here that includes 50 services you can offer clients as a Virtual Assistant!

As I mentioned previously, virtual assistants are independent contractors – they are not employees. Because a virtual assistant is a business owner themselves, they get to call the shots on things like: when they work, how many hours they are available to work, their rate of pay, the types of clients they want to work with, the type of work they do and more. It’s really no surprise that this industry is growing so rapidly with all of the freedom and flexibility that comes along with being a virtual assistant!

What do you need to get started? 

Are you ready for this? A computer and strong wifi – that’s it! A smartphone is great too, but a laptop or desktop computer is a must to get started working as a virtual assistant. 

Aside from that, skills are necessary in order to serve clients.  Like I said, there are many services you can offer clients as a virtual assistant – even if you don’t have a lot of work history. My Services that Sell workbook walks you through exactly how to find the services that are perfect for you to start with as a VA.

Next Steps

If becoming a Virtual Assistant seems like a path you’d like to explore further, it’s time to start taking action. Seriously – when I began this journey it only took me ONE week to land a client and start getting paid. That’s why I am shouting from the rooftops how incredible of an opportunity it is to be a virtual assistant. Fast money, freedom, and flexibility – umm…yes please! And to make things even easier for you, I’ve created a Launch Your VA Business Checklist that takes you step-by-step through the process to launch your own virtual assistant business. Check it out here

Tell me in the comments below what services you currently offer or plan to offer in your VA business!