Resources for virtual assistants

My recommended tools for running your business and learning new skills.

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Job Opps

Need clients? Check out these resources.

Introvert VA Club
We get a variety of job opps on a regular basis from business owners needing a VA. A lot of times it’s where our members get their first client!

 

Hire My Mom
Hire My Mom is a great resource for finding jobs, and it’s not restricted to only moms! If you’re having a difficult time finding clients on your own or if you see a job listed there you’d like to apply for, it could be a great experience for you!

 

WEBSITE PLATFORMS

Need to build a website? The below options are the easiest ones to use. If you need help deciding which website platform is the best choice for you, check out this blog post.

Squarespace
Squarespace is a website design platform that’s fairly easy to use and has fresh-looking website templates. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a professional website with little hassle. It also includes hosting, so no need to purchase that separately!

 

Weebly
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. Includes hosting.

 

Wix
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. Includes hosting.

 

Strikingly
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.

WORDPRESS BUILDERS + THEMES

If you’re willing to get techy, a WordPress website is the best option (has the best SEO and you own your site). Below are WordPress builders & themes that I recommend.

Divi
This is the website builder that I use on my website. Divi makes it easy to create a beautiful, totally customizable website without using code.

 

Beaver Builder
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!

 

Elementor
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.

Bluchic
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.

WEBSITE HOSTING

If you build your website on WordPress, you’ll need hosting. This is the company I recommend.

SiteGround
If you’re building your site using WordPress, you’ll want fast, reliable hosting. SiteGround is all that plus it’s reasonably priced.

DOMAIN NAMES

Having a domain name for your website looks professional. This is the company I recommend.

NameCheap
This is my favorite place to purchase domain names for all my websites. It’s affordable, easy to use, and easy to maintain!

 

STOCK PHOTOS

Need photos for your website or social media? Here are some suggestions.

Ivory Mix
Ivory Mix has beautiful stock photos at a reasonable price. The annual subscription also includes excellent workshops, Instagram captions, social media templates, and more.

 

Haute Stock
Tons of beautiful images to choose from!

AUTOMATION

Automating your client processes is a must! (Learn the client processes you need for your business in this post.)

HoneyBook
HoneyBook is a client management tool that helps you manage projects, book clients, send invoices, and get paid all in one place! Get a 7-day free trial AND 50% off any plan, which means you can sign up for the Starter Plan for just $4.50 a month!

Acuity Scheduling
Acuity makes it easy for potential clients to schedule calls with you without the frustrating back and forth emails. Just send them a link to your schedule, and they can choose a time when you’re available. You can also set up automatic reminder and follow-up emails.

 

SECURITY

Keeping your & your client passwords safe is a must! This is what I recommend.

LastPass
LastPass is a free app that allows you to safely gather and store passwords so your clients won’t have to worry about security or confidentiality problems. They also have a phone app to access your login information on your phone and browser extensions for your computer.

EMAIL SERVICE PROVIDERS

If you create passive income products you’ll need an email list. Here’s who I recommend.

 

ConvertKit
This is who I use to send my emails. I prefer ConvertKit over other providers because it’s very powerful, yet easy to use. It also integrates with most other software and has excellent customer support.

 

MailerLite
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.

 

CLOTHES

Whether you work a day job or work from home, you gotta look cute!

Stitch Fix
In a clothing rut? Stitch Fix will help with that! You tell them what you like and don’t like, and they’ll find clothes that fit your style, shape, and budget. You can either have a stylist choose clothing for you (and you only pay for what you keep) or you can choose the pieces you want from their suggestions (pay upfront but super easy to return what doesn’t work for you). The quality of their clothing is one reason why I pretty much buy all my clothing from here. Try it out and get $25!

GET YOUR LEARN ON

Need to learn some new skills? Here are some recommendations.

Introvert VA Club
My membership includes trainings and tech tutorials to help you learn new skills.

 

Membership Academy
Membership sites are all the rage these days, and VAs who can build and maintain them are in high demand! Membership Academy is an amazing resource to learn various skills that can be turned into VA services. You can also add your website to their resource page so people can hire you.

 

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.

 

The Tripwire Training
This course from Elizabeth Goddard will help you make money while you are growing your email list!

 

Skillshare
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!

Listenable
If you prefer podcasts to books, then you’ll love Listenable! They have audio courses on just about every subject so that you can learn on the go for a low monthly cost.

 

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). This book is excellent!

PINTEREST RESOURCES

Get ready to improve your Pinterest skills, add it as a service, or become a Pinterest manager!

Scheduling Shortcuts [Hacks for the New Pinterest Algorithm]
Learning Pinterest strategies based on real data from a Pinterest manager! This course is updated regularly to help you stay on top of the curve.

 

10 Canva Pin Templates
Tired of staring at a blank canvas?! All the best graphic designers use templates, and you should too! Use these 10 Custom Pin Canva Templates to speed up your Pin creation!

 

Quick Pins Template Bundle (50 Pin Templates + Canva Design Hacks)
Take the stress out of creating new pins with 50 exclusive Canva Templates plus learn design hacks for designing high-quality pins!

 

Pinterest Management Contract Template
Protect yourself and your client with this Pinterest Management Contract Template

 

Pin Description Prompts Swipe File
Write high quality, keyword-rich pin description FAST with easy to use prompts! Prompts are the secret to writing high quality descriptions that help your pins rank higher in search results.

PLANNERS

Need a planner to reach your big, awesome goals? Here’s what I recommend.

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!

CONTRACTS

Need help writing your contract to send to clients?

Contract Templates
Just edit and send to your clients! Also includes a business policies workbook and video tutorials.

BOOKS

 

Hire a Virtual Assistant WorkbookIs it time to hire your first Virtual Assistant? My workbook will take the overwhelm out of hiring, training, and delegating so you can grow your team fast!

 

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!

 

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!

 

Healthy as F*ck – If you’re struggling with making and keeping healthy habits, this book is a fun read (and super inspiring!).

 

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