You know you want to freelance, but you’re not sure what to do exactly. You have a wide range of skills and interests that you want to put to good use. You dream of running a business where you do work that you’re good at AND that you enjoy, and where you can also make good money!
The idea of quitting the 9 to 5 and running a business sounds great, but what if you have no idea what kind of business you want to start? There are so many options, and all those choices can feel overwhelming!
Let me ask you this:
Do you have a range of skills that could help other business owners?
If so, maybe becoming a Virtual Assistant is the answer to your freelancing woes!
What is a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a virtual professional that works from home using the internet and offers administrative, technical, creative or management support to those who need it.
Entrepreneurs all over the world are looking for people to help them with their day-to-day tasks and special projects. Their to-do lists are long and always growing, so they want someone to help them get stuff done.
VA’s are in high demand because it’s more cost effective for a business to hire a contractor than it is to hire a part-time or full-time employee. They can hire a VA to help out for a few hours a month or for occasional projects and save tons of money. Since VA’s are independent contractors, entrepreneurs don’t pay insurance, taxes or benefits like they would with an employee.
Who’s Hiring VA’s?
Short answer: lots of companies!
Big, small, online, offline…they’re all hiring VA’s.
The types of businesses looking to hire include, but are definitely not limited to:
- business, life and health coaches
- online magazines/publishers
- graphic designers
- web designers
- fitness instructors
- event planners
Will Someone Really Hire Me to Do That?
“A lot of destined VA’s don’t realize that someone will pay them for their skills. This used to be me!” – McKella Sawyer
The above is from my wonderful VA, McKella. I reached out to her almost a year ago asking if she’d like to be my VA. I knew she was a creative writer and that I needed a writer on my team. She was not a VA at the time, but was willing to give it a go.
She helps me with my own projects and my client projects. This might mean creating social media content, formatting blog posts, sourcing images for blog posts, and proofreading and editing articles. She is a HUGE asset to my business and I’m grateful for her every day.
The types of services you can offer as a VA are varied and needed! You’d be surprised!
Just a few ideas of services as a virtual assistant
- Creating and updating databases
- Data entry
- Managing email inboxes (setting up labels, folders, and filters, and handling responses)
- Basic accounting
- Handling invoices
- Collection calls
- Creating graphics for websites and social media
- eBook editing and formatting
- Creating logos and banners
- Editing and uploading videos
- Setting up and managing webinars and podcasts
- Setting up shopping carts
- Preparing and distributing press releases
- Creating social media content from existing content like videos, articles, and interviews
Online Business Management
- Managing day-to-day projects
- Hiring and training team members
- Writing SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures)
- Creating and managing ads on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Instagram
- SEO and keyword research
- Arranging interviews with the media
So how does one become a Virtual Assistant?
It’s quite easy to get started as a Virtual Assistant. Next month, I’ll share how you can set yourself apart from other VA’s (to stand out and get more clients) and map out the services you can start offering.
Have you ever considered being a Virtual Assistant? Do you have any questions about becoming a VA? Leave your comments below, I’d love to hear them!
Want to learn more? Read about how to package your services as a Virtual Assistant.