Working from home was 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 be 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 helped me to fulfill my dream of working from home. I also work with amazing people, make more money than I did at my job, and have flexibility in my schedule for what matters.
Although life still has its ups and downs, my life now feels more joyful and effortless!
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! You’ll find an extensive list of service ideas here.
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.
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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:
- Business coaches, life coaches, 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 worldwide 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 several businesses inquire about working with me.