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Learn how I became a Virtual Assistant with no experience, and start making money from home yourself…
There are many job opportunities that you can do in the comfort of your own home. I wasn’t aware of that until I started my journey in early 2019.
I had recently quit training as a Full Creative customer service rep because the job required the individual to sit at a desk in a quiet setting as you answered inbound calls. The job itself allowed for amazing flexibility but when you’re a military spouse that makes it a little difficult.
I thought that I could work around my husband’s schedule and he take over my care-giving duties. However, that went out the window because he had to go to different training’s for a few months at a time.
I Started Making a Passive Income
After I quit my training to be a call center representative, I decided to use my skills as a blogger. I knew that there were many bloggers and influencers out there needing Media Kits for brand collaborations. I made graphics for my blog and Pinterest therefore this was right up my alley.
So, what do I do? I created beautiful Media Kit and Workbook templates for bloggers (and influencers) to buy.
I knew that I needed to do more if I wanted to start paying off school debt and funding my blog, Failure to Thrive No More.
That’s when I found a post from my very first client, a post inquiring about Virtual Assistants.
First week went awesome, I was doing well and thriving. I shuffled my oldest to the bus and drove and picked up our youngest from my sister in law’s house. It was a long and taxing day (my husband was away) but it was all going to be worth it. I was working on my career goals!
What is a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant can be a number of things! You don’t just have to limit yourself to Social Media Management, or Administrative. There are people out there who are Virtual Shopping Assistants, WordPress set up, and more.
In a nutshell, a Virtual Assistant is an individual who conducts many different tasks from the comfort of their own home. Many people use Virtual Assistants, bloggers or small business owners, because they run out of time throughout the day.
That’s where they’ll hire a Virtual Assistant to delegate tasks, and in turn they are able to focus on their goals. Here is a list of other Virtual Assistant duties:
Social Media Management
Small business owners and bloggers a like are busy creating and chasing their dreams. To help free up time they will delegate their Social Media tasks to a Virtual Assistant.
You’re perfect for Social Media Management if you are wonderful with engagement, creating click worthy headlines and captions, and designing beautiful graphics.
Some Social Media platforms and tasks for you as a Virtual Assistant:
If you have experience with general administration, secretary work, and more then this job is perfect for you. Some job duties that you may be required to do as a General Administrative Virtual Assistant:
- Email management
- Data entry
- Managing emails
- Handling leads
Some bloggers and small business owners don’t have the time or just don’t know how to use Pinterest. This platform is amazing and is the number one traffic source for me.
Other clients may already have a strategy that works for them and needs someone to keep up with it while they focus their attention on other tasks.
Pinterest Management tasks include:
- Pinterest setup
- Tailwind setup
- Pin creation
- Tribe management
Small business owners, like Etsy Sellers, can require help. They have so many tasks running a small business that they’ll definitely seek out assistant with a Virtual Assistant.
You can help an E-Commerce owner by completing any of these tasks:
- Managing emails
- Website management
- Handle returns or exchanges
- Social media
Other lists of duties:
- Date entry
- Content creation
Do you Have What it Takes?
There are many different types of training for you to join, from VA Ninja to Peggy ReJames. I’m proof that you do not NEED to have training to become a Virtual Assistant.
What it takes to become a Virtual Assistant is grit and determination!
There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.Derek Jeter
If you have experience with Administrative duties, Marketing, and blogging it can be quite beneficial for you. You’ll pretty much know the tasks at hand. Don’t have experience in everything? That’s alright as well.
You can always learn the trade, there are people I’ve worked with who have no problem teaching me. Remember, don’t promise something you can’t deliver!
How to Get Started as A Virtual Assistant
Getting started can be tricky – trust me, I’ve been there. You’ll definitely need a service where clients can pay you – I use PayPal and will eventually switch to a different financing program. Also you’ll want to start setting aside whatever income you make to the side for tax purposes at the end of the year.
You’ll always want to sit down and pick what services you want to offer, not sure? You can scroll back and read some of the many different services you can offer. Not familiar with Social Media, you can be a General Assistant.
Once you’ve come up with services you want to offer future clients, you can sit down and come up with the prices for your menu.
After you’ve decided on prices and services you will be offering, you’ll need to set up a website and other social media platforms for marketing reasons.
These are just as important! You’ll want to be seen by potential clients! MARKET YOURSELF.
If you’re not comfortable with starting your own business, you can apply to be a Virtual Assistant with a companies:
How to Decide on Rates
Choosing rates can definitely be one of the hardest parts about becoming a Virtual Assistant. Honestly rates will depend on your skill set and how long you’ve been doing this line of work.
The more experienced you are the more you can charge for your services.
I’ve seen some more experienced Virtual Assistants charge $50+ an hour! Don’t low blow yourself, know your worth. Don’t forget you’ll need to pay taxes as a sole proprietor.
Don’t be afraid, the worst thing a person can do is say no.
In the beginning I low balled myself and charged clients $10 an hour (yes, I know). As of 2019, I charge $25 an hour for my services and will increase my hourly rate to $30 for 2020.
KNOW YOUR WORTH HONEY.
Are you ready to be your own boss?
If this is something that you want to do, go for it. Only you can make your dreams come true, not someone else. Don’t sit on it! JUST DO IT.
You can find more information regarding my services here, Virtual Assistant.
Are you a Virtual Assistant? What are your tips for aspiring Virtual Assistants?
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