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
Ready to join the first membership site for introverted Virtual Assistants? Inside you’ll find incredible resources, step-by-step plans,
The Creative Boss Planner
Just thinking about your goals is NOT good enough! You have to write them down and then take action! This planner will help you set your goals, prioritize what’s important, manage your time better, and make more money!
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 7 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.
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.
If you want to start your email list for free, then MailerLite is a great option. Their free plan gives you up to 1000 subscribers and 12,000 emails each month. They also have a drag and drop editor, tons of integrations, and excellent customer support.
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.
ClickUp has quickly become a popular project management tool that a lot of VAs and other entrepreneurs are using. You’ll definitely want to check out their FREE forever plan, which will give you all the features you need to get started.
HoneyBook is a client management tool that helps you manage projects, book clients, send invoices, and get paid all in one place! Get 50% off your first year when you sign up through my link!
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 a free trial!
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)
Do Less by Kate Northrup – This book has a refreshing take on productivity. Instead of “fitting it all in” Kate covers ways that you can use your energy more efficiently, make better priorities, and do more of what you enjoy doing. Plus, there are 14 really cool experiments to try!
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!
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!
This is my favorite place to purchase domain names for all my websites. It’s affordable, easy to use, and easy to maintain!
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.
Also, you may want to add some customizations to take your website to the next level. Here are a few trusted resources you can use:
Bloom is an email marketing plugin for your Divi website and is included with your purchase of Divi.
Monarch is also included with your purchase of Divi. This is a social media plugin that helps boost followers and shares for your website.
DiviBooster is a company that offers a number of different plugins to help you expand your options within Divi. I highly recommend getting their Divi Booster Plugin which will add more options to your modules and social media buttons.
Divi Cake is a marketplace where you can purchase child themes, layouts, and plugins that integrate with your Divi theme.
Divi Life is a great place to find tutorials, courses, child themes, and plugins when you’re ready to do more with your website.
This is a popular drag-and-drop builder that makes it easy to build a website yourself. It’s very similar to Divi with a bit of a learning curve but a ton of customizable options so you get exactly the website you want!
This is another popular drag-and-drop website builder that makes it easy to customize your website design. It’s similar to Divi and Beaver Builder. Some people prefer Elementor because it offers a greater number of built-in modules.
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.
Wix is another great way to quickly build a website if you aren’t very techy or don’t want to spend a lot of time building a site.
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.
If you’re looking for gorgeous WordPress themes, then this should be your first stop. They offer themes for female entrepreneurs and bloggers that are easy to customize to meet your needs.
Ivory Mix has beautiful stock photos at a reasonable price. The annual subscription also includes excellent workshops, Instagram captions, social media templates, and more.
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