Have you ever thought about starting your own virtual assistant business,
Many people have asked me over the last few years…
- …how do I get started as a Virtual Assistant?
- …how do you know if a company is legitimate?
- …how did you get started as a Virtual Assistant?
- …how long does it take to get a client?
- …and many other questions like these.
There are so many different companies and websites, legitimate and otherwise, offering information about and for virtual assistance that it is sometimes extremely difficult to differentiate between the real and not so real.
The first thing you have to ask yourself is whether you want to start your own virtual assistant business (entrepreneurial mindset), or if you would rather be a contractor (basic employee mindset).
If you’re going to start your own virtual assistant business, you will want to come up with a game plan, set some goals, choose your company name, and create a website. If you come from an administrative assistant background, you may already have a list of people you know who would be interested in working with you as their virtual assistant. If you don’t have a list, you will need to ensure your marketing materials are in place before you begin your search for clients (i.e. website, business cards, etc.)
Maybe you don’t want to go through all the hoops of setting up your own business structure just yet but would like to get your feet wet, so to speak, in the virtual world. You might be better off working through a Virtual Assistant Agency, which is similar to an employment agency.
One of the best Virtual Assistant Agencies out there, and the one that I worked with for 3+ years is Team Double-Click®. Once you make it through the application process, you are then placed “on the bench”. When they have a client who needs your particular skill set, they connect you with that client to see if you are compatible with that client. You then begin a Virtual Assistant relationship directly with the client, and TDC stays in the background to ensure that all goes well. However, you are supported in every way from within the agency in order for the client/VA partnership to go as smoothly as possible.
Should you choose to begin your own Virtual Assistant business, start with a resource that is sure to get you off to a great start – The Virtual Business Startup System.
The best thing you can do is believe in yourself, your skills and abilities, and you will succeed as a Virtual Assistant.
Have you started yet? If not, what’s holding you up? Let me know! I’d love to help you!