When people inquire about my profession, I frequently encounter the question: “What is a virtual assistant, and how can I become one?” In response, I will clarify who a virtual assistant is and outline the process of becoming one in five straightforward steps.
WHO IS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?
A virtual assistant is a professional who provides services to individuals or businesses from a remote location. The key advantage of being a virtual assistant is the ability to work from the comfort of your home or any location of your choosing. Your current physical location doesn’t pose any restrictions, making virtual assisting an excellent choice for a stay-at-home parent looking for a side hustle or a rewarding career.
Exciting, isn’t it? Now, if you’ve made the decision to embark on a career as a virtual assistant, let’s explore the five simple steps you should follow:
HOW TO LAUNCH YOUR VIRTUAL ASSISTANT BUSINESS
1. Select Your Service Niche: Determine the services you wish to offer. With over 50 potential services to provide, virtual assisting is remarkably versatile. Your choice should align with your skillset, whether it’s a natural talent, something you’ve learned over time, or a skill you’re willing to acquire. Your services will be tailored to your clients based on these factors.
2. Establish an Online Presence: Choose a social media platform to serve as your virtual office space. While having a website is beneficial, a well-crafted social media profile is essential. Ensure your profile clearly communicates what services you offer and provides contact information.
3. Package and Price Your Services: Determine the number of hours you’re available to work each day and your desired monthly income. This will give you a rough estimate of what to charge clients based on the hours you will devote to their projects. Also research market rates for similar services to ensure competitive pricing, especially when starting out. Gradually adjust your rates as you gain experience and confidence.
4. Establish Efficient Processes: Develop processes for client onboarding, contracts, agreements, and payment and invoicing procedures. Having these in place before taking on your first client will make the process smoother and enhance your professionalism, increasing your chances of retaining clients.
5. Secure Your First Client: Begin by reaching out to your “warm list” – friends and family who trust and support you. Send them an email, WhatsApp message, or text message introducing your new venture. Be sure to explain why you’d make an excellent virtual assistant for their business. Expect mixed responses, and don’t be discouraged by initial rejections. Finally, Cold calling can also be effective.
Furthermore, social media is a valuable platform for finding and signing up new clients. In fact, about 75% of my clients discovered me through social media. Ensure your posts focus on your services and the benefits you offer to clients. Running Facebook ads can also expand your reach significantly.
And there you have it, five straightforward steps to kickstart your virtual assistant business today. Good luck!