Working from home has been a dream of mine for a very long time. I’ve always been an independent person and feeling “free” is important to me.
Before starting my work as a VA, I coached aspiring entrepreneurs through the logistics of starting their first businesses. Before that, I had a bath and body and a jewelry shop.
Although I worked really hard at my businesses, I just didn’t make enough to justify quitting my day job and solely being an entrepreneur.
All this changed as soon as I became a VA.
I started my Virtual Assistant journey in December 2014 and quit my day job 3 months after receiving my first paying client in January. I got my first client, then another, then another…all without advertising! I had to start turning down new clients in no time because I didn’t have the time to take care of them.
And I finally had enough consistent income to feel comfortable quitting my job.
This is why I love helping 9 to 5’ers start their own Virtual Assistant businesses. Becoming a Virtual Assistant has helped me fulfill my dream of becoming self-employed. Working with amazing people, making more money than I did at my job, and spending my days as I want is just icing on the cake!
What is a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a freelancer who provides services remotely, which means they work from anywhere! If you like to travel, you can bring your laptop along and work on the road. If you prefer to work from home on the sofa, in your home office or at a coffee shop, you can do that too! You can even work in your P.J.’s (your secret is safe with me!)
What does a Virtual Assistant do exactly?
This question gets me excited! Why? Because as a VA you can do almost anything! That means you can offer services that you enjoy doing. Exciting, right?
How many times have you sat at your day job wishing you were doing something else? Something you enjoyed? As a VA you can choose the industry you work in, the clients you work with and the types of services you offer.
You can offer services that are administrative, creative, technical, or a mixture of any of these.
Basically, if you have a specific skill, there’s probably someone willing to pay for it.
What types of services can a VA offer?
- Social media creation and management
- Blog maintenance
- Editing & proofreading
- Web Design
- Graphic Design
- Newsletter formatting
- Answering emails
- Project management
The list is pretty much endless!
So if you’re currently an Administrative Assistant, you could probably offer services similar to what you do at your job (that is, if you like what you’re doing). If you’re a writer, you can write and edit blog posts, newsletters, eBooks, or social media content. If you’re creative you can offer graphic design or web design services. There’s so much you can offer it’s ridiculous!
Who’s hiring Virtual Assistants?
Let me ask you this – who do you want to work with? What type of industry do you want to work in? What does your ideal client do? These are important questions to ask yourself because you can choose who you work with!
Are you into healthy eating and fitness? You could work with health coaches and fitness professionals. Do you enjoy fashion? You could work with fashion bloggers or stylists. Do you love to write? You could work with authors.
Here are a few more ideas:
- Coaches-business, life and health coaches
- Online magazines/publishers
- Graphic Designers
- Web Designers
- Event Planners
- Natural Healers
Whether you’re right brained or left, there’s an industry out there for you. You’d be surprised how many people need your help.
Small business owners and entrepreneurs all over the world are looking for people to help them with their day-to-day tasks and special projects. Hiring a Virtual Assistant is a more cost effective solution than hiring an employee because the business owner doesn’t have to pay employee taxes or benefits. It’s also a great solution for small businesses that can’t afford to have a part or full time employee and only need someone to help occasionally or only a few hours a month.
Do only online businesses hire Virtual Assistants?
Nope! Although online businesses in general use VA’s more than offline businesses, it’s becoming more and more popular for brick and mortar businesses to hire virtual professionals. In fact, I’ve had three local businesses inquire about working with me.
Do you have what it takes to be a Virtual Assistant?
That’s a great question for another blog post! Check out my article 11 Traits of Highly Successful Virtual Assistants to see!