Starting off a virtual assistant business is certainly one of many ways to be a mom who works from home. If you have practical experience in the administrative field or if you are able to offer virtual services to business clientele, then you are a excellent candidate for having a successful virtual assistant business.
How to get started as a virtual assistant necessitates a handful of straightforward steps. There is not an official credential process to become a virtual assistant. There are a number of companies who offer training and their own credentialing. This isn’t necessary in order to be a profitable virtual assistant, but it can be valuable in acquiring jobs as a rookie. Prior to you signing up for any programs or courses, do your due-diligence and research the company. Get referrals from other prosperous virtual assistants and consider obtaining a mentor who can help you get started.
Legally you’ll need a business license in order to become an independent contractor, but you can check with your own tax accountant to confirm it. By obtaining a business license, you’ll be able to open up a business bank account and keep your business and personal finances separately. Being legal also means you can declare many of your business expenses as tax write offs.
Once you’ve set up your home office, you’ll need to establish your virtual office. On the internet, you can use a website or blog to advertise yourself as a virtual assistant. Having a website is essential to establishing your online presence. If web design is not in your skill set find someone who can make a website for you. Try to contact other virtual assistants and see if you can barter for the design if it’s something that you cannot afford.
On your website you should write about yourself and list your services you offer. You can also include an hourly rate if you choose, although many virtual assistants like to charge by the project instead of by the hour. As far as services go, don’t offer services that you don’t like to do. If you can make spreadsheets, but don’t like to do it then don’t offer that service. If you have background in a specific field or niche for example law,then list it as a specialty. Many virtual assistants limit their business to writing and editing, web design, data management, or planning. Remember this is your business, and you can choose what tasks you would like to offer.
The best way to get virtual assistant jobs is to start networking with others. Your best leads will come through people that you already know. Whether they are online or in your in your local area. Make sure to let people know what you are offering and be sure to promote your website address so people can learn about you are and what you are offering.
When you get your first client, it’s important to have a contract set in place before you start working on a project. You can find many different sample contracts online that you can adapt for your needs. Make sure you and the client are both on the same page about the type of work that you will be doing. That way there are no surprises when you deliver the project and your bill.
After you have a few projects under your belt, you’ll begin to build a reputation. Then, your virtual assistant business will grow naturally including repeat clients and new projects. When you consistently do good work your reputation will precede you, and you may have more projects then what you know what to do with in a short period of time. Make sure not to overbook yourself and collect a network of other virtual assistants who are willing to take overflows for you, if the need arises.
Getting your virtual assistant business off on the right foot is simple when you follow the basic steps mentioned above.