THINKING ABOUT STARTING A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT BUSINESS?
I’ve gathered some of my top resources to help you on your journey! Take a look!
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Introvert VA Club – JUST LAUNCHED!
Ready to join the first membership site for introverted Virtual Assistants? Inside you’ll find incredible resources, step-by-step plans, trainings, printables, and an amazing community full of introverts just like you! Special launch price until May 12th!
What is a Virtual Assistant and What Do They Do?
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!
The Fastest Way to Start Your VA Business
Maybe you’re in a hurry to ditch the crappy 9 to 5 and find happiness (and money) in becoming a VA. Perhaps you lost your job and you need to make money pronto. Or maybe you have some unexpected expenses come up and you need a side hustle…like, yesterday.
6 Tips for Overcoming Fear + Putting Yourself Out There
One question I get a lot from virtual assistants who want to start their own businesses is “How can I get over the fear of putting myself out there?”
7 Tips for Finding Clients for Your VA Business
The most common question I hear from new and established Virtual Assistants is “How do I find clients?” Definitely a legitimate question because no clients means no money! That’s why I gathered a few tips to help you out.
How (& Why!) to Define Your Ideal Client
One of the best things about running your own business is that you have control over who you work with. Working with your ideal client makes work so much more enjoyable. No more grumpy boss or annoying coworkers because you get to hand-pick the people you WANT to work with, that you’re happy to be around, and that you really click with!
11 Traits of Highly Successful Virtual Assistants
Another question you may have is whether you could be a VA yourself. As a VA, I have noticed that there are 11 traits that successful Virtual Assistants share. These traits are uber important for having an organized and profitable business that clients are happy to refer to anyone looking to hire a VA for themselves.
Video Tutorial: How to Create and Send Contracts to Your Clients
One of the most important steps in your client intake process is sending a contract that outlines your policies, what your service includes, and anything else that you need to communicate to your client. Learn how I use Docracy to send contracts to my clients.
A library of free resources to help you start your business: Tools of the Trade, VA Service Worksheets, Make Money as a Virtual Assistant in 12 Days or Less Checklist, and Client Processes Trello Template.
Client Processes Trello Template
Use this template each time a new client wants to work with you. I include suggestions for Pre-client, Intake, Service, and Post-service processes. Just copy the template to your Trello account, edit to fit your processes, and use every time a new client reaches out. Includes video tutorial on how to use the template.
Take a variety of online classes spanning from design, entrepreneurship, technology and more. It’s like Netflix for online classes. You can start the classes right away and gain a new skill immediately! (You can learn fun lifestyle skills too, like cooking, wine tasting, and hand-lettering. Yay! Seriously, you have to check out Skillshare). Click through my link and you’ll receive 2 free months of online classes.
The Complete Guide to Email Marketing
ConvertKit is one of the most popular newsletter service providers out there. I highly recommend learning how to use it if you plan on helping bloggers and online businesses with their newsletters. This free ebook covers best practices, advice, and some advanced strategies.
Trello for Virtual Assistants
Organize your life and business and become the productive #GirlBoss you dream of! 11 done-for-you Trello templates that will help you gain control of your time, schedule, to-do’s, and goals so you can feel less stressed, more on top of things, and happier! Includes videos on basic Trello features, how to create visual cards to add personality to your boards (students are loving this!), and tutorials on how to use each of the templates.
VA’s Guide to Starting a Business
Learn the basics of getting your virtual assistant business off the ground. This step-by-step ebook 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.
VA’s Guide to Getting Clients
Ready to find clients but don’t know where to start? You’ll learn how to get organized and ready for your first clients, over 30 marketing strategies, and more! Plus a free service/project contract template you can use and send to your clients!
Beginner VA Bundle
Ready to start your business, get clients, and create your contract? This bundle includes all three of my ebooks, VA’s Guide to Starting a Business, VA’s Guide to Client Contracts, and VA’s Guide to Getting Clients. Save money by buying all three together!
You’ll need to have an email list to capture visitors on your website. Whether you offer services or sell products, your email list allows you to stay in touch with those who are interested in hearing from you (who may eventually become clients or customers). I’ve tried several different email service providers (I can recall 4 of them) but they weren’t anything like ConvertKit. ConvertKit is cheaper than Ontraport and has more power than MailChimp.
LastPass is a free app that allows you to gather and store passwords safely so your clients won’t have to worry about any security or confidentiality problems. They also have a phone app so you can access your login information on your phone and browser extensions for your computer.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
Learn how to do affiliate marketing, then offer it as a service! Bloggers make a big chunk of their money from affiliate sales and need help implementing tasks around this. Michelle earns over $100,000 a month through affiliate marketing, and she shares all of her best tips in this course.
For a small monthly fee you’ll have access to thousands of online classes in a variety of categories spanning design, entrepreneurship, technology and more. It’s like Netflix for online classes. You can start the classes right away and gain a new skill immediately! (You can learn fun lifestyle skills too, like cooking, wine tasting, and hand-lettering. Yay! Seriously, you have to check out Skillshare). Click through my link and you’ll receive 2 free months!
Set It & Forget It
Learn how to setup email sales funnels to convert your email subscribers into clients (or to help your clients setup their email sales funnels).
Learn how to grow your email list with strategic list-building methods. Why grow your list? Typically, the more people on your list, the more you’ll make. So if you’re looking to grow your business or learn new skills to offer to clients, this is an important one to learn.
This is the first course I took to learn Pinterest marketing strategies and it’s one of the best. If you want to grow your traffic, snag more subscribers, and sell more products and services you have to take this course. It seriously made my business grow like crazy! Plus the course is just plain fun!!
Become a Pinterest VA TODAY!
You’ll learn how to find and pitch clients, how much to charge, technical skills and more (this course is only open to new students 4 times a year. If it’s not currently open you can sign up for their wait list. When you do you’ll have the option of purchasing the Become a Pinterest VA TODAY Workbook at a discounted rate)
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).
Feel the Fear…and Do It Anyway: There’s tons of brilliant advice in this book and I find myself referring to it often.
YOU Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life: This book is hilarious and full of nuggets of wisdom. Simply changing our mindset can have a positive impact on our lives and profits! Good stuff!
Organizing for Success – If you struggle with organizing and prioritizing your to-do list, this book will help! It uses “The Master List” concept to help you budget your time and energy by the day, week, and month. Although this book is based on work (aka job) goals, you can easily apply the techniques to your own business and client tasks. One thing I really love about this book is that it has helped me reduce bouncing from task to task based on what pops in my head or who have emailed me last. It gives me a plan for the day and I actually feel accomplished at the end of it!
Words That Sell – This book isn’t one that you read cover to cover. Instead, it’s a reference book of more than 6,000 words and phrases to help you promote your products and services. Believe it or not, there are certain words and phrases that get people to click the “buy now” or “work with me” button on your website more than others. If you’re looking to make your sales page convert better or offer copywriting as a service to clients, this book is something you’ll probably want on your bookshelf.
Ca$hvertising – Learn how to use ad-agency psychology to create more sales for yourself or your clients. These techniques can be applied to ads, emails, websites, social media, and more. You’ll never look at TV ads the same way after you read this book! Find out which words, colors, and imagery sell the best and other marketing secrets. Eye-opening!
I designed my website using Divi. What I love about Divi is that it’s easy to create a beautiful, totally customizable website without using code. I tried a few different themes before discovering Divi and it’s by far my favorite.
Bloom WordPress Themes
If you’re building your own website on WordPress and looking for a pretty theme to make it easier, take a look at Bloom’s WordPress themes. They’re feminine, clean, and professional-looking. This husband and wife team take the guesswork out of setting up your site, by walking you through, step by step, how to get started. From hosting to posting, they’ve got you covered.
If you’re in a hurry to get your website up online or if you’re not so techy, Weebly makes it easy to create a polished-looking website quickly.
Creating a website can be a time suck! Build a professional-looking site easily and quickly with Strikingly. Hosting is included and some plans include a free domain.
Finding the perfect photo for my website and pins used to be the biggest pain in the pants! Haute Stock has actually made it easy and fun to find photos because there’s so many beautiful images to choose from.