I’m an entrepreneur at heart. My dreams of owning a business started a long, long time ago!
My first attempt as an entrepreneur was a bath and body business selling my handmade glycerin soaps in fun shapes, fruity smelling body lotions and bubble bath. I mainly sold them to people I worked with because the internet was pretty new back then and I could hardly send an email! #embarrassed
In 2005 I started making jewelry and selling it on Etsy, in retail stores and at craft shows. This is when I learned a lot about entrepreneurship and online business.
Then, in 2013, I created Desire to Done. At first it was just a blog to help women bring their dreams into fruition. It evolved into a consulting biz where I worked with women one-on-one to bring their dream businesses to life
I loved coaching but there was one big problem: finding clients! My business was growing more slowly than I’d hoped and I was getting impatient. I so desperately wanted to quit my job as an office manager and run my biz full-time.
I wanted to work from home and I was going to make it happen (I just needed to make enough money to justify the leap)! So, I took the skills I learned from building my businesses and started helping overwhelmed entrepreneurs with theirs.
Biggest steps I took to go from day job to full-time entrepreneur:
- went part-time so I could focus more on my biz
- created monthly, weekly and daily goals
- stayed focused on the tasks I needed to get done that day
- worked mornings, evening and weekends
- reached out to a few people and asked them if I could help them with their businesses to get experience
The people I helped then referred me to paying clients and my biz took off!
And to my surprise, I was able to quit my job within 3 months of landing my first paying client!
Starting my Virtual Assistant business helped me fulfill my dreams of quitting my job and working from home. And yes, it’s everything I thought it would be!
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WHAT IS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?
You might be wondering, “What the heck IS a Virtual Assistant? And how can I become one?”
A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a virtual professional that works from home using the internet and offers administrative, technical, creative or management support to those who need it.
I’m an Online Business Manager which means I’m a Virtual Assistant that manages other people’s businesses. I took my office and project management skills and applied them to online businesses.
I also help my clients with technical and creative tasks, like maintaining websites, creating graphics for blogs and social media, and writing content for social media. (Yep! The same person who could hardly send an email is now tech savvy! Who would have thought!)
That’s why I love running my own business — I get to choose which services I offer. You can read more benefits here, where I list the pros and cons of being a Virtual Assistant.
So what types of services can a VA offer? You’d be surprised!
SOME SERVICES YOU CAN OFFER AS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT:
- Social media creation and management
- Blog maintenance
- Editing & proofreading
- Web Design
- Graphic Design
- Newsletter formatting
- Answering emails
The list is pretty much endless! (I’ll have to write another blog post and list them!)
WHY DO PEOPLE HIRE VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS?
Entrepreneurs all over the world are looking for people to help them with their day-to-day tasks and special projects.
BENEFITS OF HIRING A VA:
- more time to work on the tasks that bring in money
- more energy to do what they love to do
- sense of relief that they have someone on their team to help out
- spend their time and energy on growing their business instead of learning and implementing new tasks
Their to-do lists are long and always growing, so they want someone to help them get stuff done.
Hiring a VA is an economical choice because the business owners don’t need to keep part-time or full-time employees. They can hire a VA to help out for a few hours a month or for special projects and save tons of money. Since VA’s are independent contractors, entrepreneurs don’t pay insurance, taxes or benefits like they would with an employee.
Short answer: lots of companies!
Big, small, online, offline…they’re all hiring VA’s.
The types of businesses looking to hire include, but are definitely not limited to:
- coaches-business, life and health coaches
- online magazines/publishers
- graphic designers
- web designers
- fitness instructors
- event planners
and much, much more!!
WANT TO START YOUR OWN VIRTUAL ASSISTANT BUSINESS?
Here are a few books I recommend:
Start Your Virtual Assistant Business Ebook Learn the basics of getting your virtual assistant business off the ground. This step-by-step 67 page eBook/ workbook will teach you how to start your own business as a Virtual Assistant. You’ll go through the process of mapping out your services, pricing your offerings, and registering your business so you can build your business quickly.
The Bootstrap VA: The Go-Getter’s Guide to Becoming a Virtual Assistant, Getting and Keeping Clients, and More
VA VA Voom: How to be an Amazing Virtual Assistant and Every Client’s Most Valued Asset
The Ultimate A-Z Guide to Running A Lucrative Virtual Assistant Business in 10 Easy Steps!: Beginners Guide to Quitting Your 9-5 Job & Getting Started in a Work From Home Virtual Assistant Business
Becoming a VA: The Key to Unlocking the Virtual Assistance Industry
Becoming an Online Business Manager: Playing a Bigger Game with your Clients (and Yourself) – If you thrive at managing projects and businesses, you might like being an OBM (Online Business Manager).
If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Virtual Assistant, you can download my free resource guide Tools of the Trade. It’s a fun checklist outlining the basic tools you’ll need to start your own business.
You’ll also want to take a look at my VA Resource page for a list of articles, products, courses and more.