If you’re considering a life as a Virtual Assistant, honestly, wonderful choice. And I’d love to help you with this journey.
I imagine you’re asking yourself how do I even get started with this?!
Some important things to figure out would be, how many hours can you realistically commit to each week/month? And what you need to be earning each month. This will help you to start building packages.
Another important process in setting up your business is what services are you able to offer. You shouldn’t think of a Virtual Assistant as a job, but instead, refer to it as an industry. Otherwise, you risk pigeonholing yourself to more of an administrator, and you’ll sell yourself short of what you’re really worth.
The role of Virtual Assistant is great for so many people, as the skill sets required for different companies are so diverse! This means you’ve likely already got a whole bunch of these desired skills.
I’ve created this list below to help you start thinking about which skills you’re comfortable providing. It may also be helpful in finding skills you wish to learn more about;
Can you set up folders? Know how to professionally respond to queries? Know the difference between important correspondence and spam. You’ve got this then.
As an addition, I’d recommend learning everything you can around email marketing which will increase your worth significantly. Email marketing is highly desirable, and essential to most online businesses. You’ll just need to learn email marketing strategy.
Do you google absolutely everything? Are you confident when making a purchase, that you’ve read enough reviews, and you’ve got all the important facts to either go ahead with the said purchase or discard the item?
Can you pull important information from surveys and forms? Better yet, create surveys or forms to roll out to a specific target audience?
Do you feel comfortable cross-referencing multiple sources of information to come up with defined checklists or answers?
Then market research is an excellent service for you to offer and highly sought after.
Typing and/or proofreading
Do you have decent typing skills? Do you have the ability to read over your work, or another text to ensure it reads perfectly? Great, offer one or both of these services.
Social Media Management
Do you already create great content for your own social media platforms? Do you remain engaged with your audience on social media? If you’re not already using one, would you be confident in using a scheduling platform to post across multiple social media channels?
This is a great service to provide, as social media is going nowhere anytime soon, and all businesses need an active and engaging presence online. You can offer social media management as a package, and detail what will be provided. Or you can break it up into content management, social media scheduling, managing Facebook groups, graphic design for social media posts, Pinterest VA.
Pinterest Virtual Assistant
Speaking of Pinterest in the above post, this is actually a full-time job you can offer to clients. If you love everything Pinterest, and understand Pinterest strategy, become a Pinterest Virtual Assistant, and manage and grow your clients Pinterest accounts. You can read more about how to get started with Pinterest Management here.
Can you plan, execute, manage and deliver projects on time? No brainer then, offer project management services!
Podcasts are huge right now, and people want in. If you’ve had any experience with creating or editing podcasts, or are willing to learn this will be a big bonus for future clients. Offering podcast pitching and outreach is an added value service to include too.
Again, social media is going crazy for these services, and businesses are realizing this. If you can provide basic video editorial services, your clients will be very grateful indeed.
Blog creation or formatting
Having good writing skills is an excellent service to provide. A lot of small businesses will be willing to outsource the actual blog writing to someone else. Or maybe they’ll have the blog written, they just need some help formatting this. This is a good, in-demand skill right now.
Having your own blog will be beneficial to showcase your expertise and writing skills, which you can start for next to nothing. If you want a walkthrough guide on getting started with blogging start here.
Diary and calendar management
This is often what you think of instantly with a PA role, however not necessarily a requirement. There are a ton of free resources out there to help you with this virtually as well, so a very easy service to provide.
So as you can see there are numerous services to offer as a virtual assistant, many of which you’ve already got the skills. The best part.
Advancing your skillset
The Techie Mentor is an amazing free resource full of useful video training to help you with getting set up.
Skillshare is an awesome platform. You can sign up for a free 2-month trial in which you can take courses on pretty much everything digital. It’s well worth checking out.
Chucking yourself in is truly the best way to up your skills. Even if you’re not confident about the services you’re offering, I promise you that’s more your fear holding you back as opposed to you not being good enough. Just get yourself out there.
You do not need a degree!
You just need to be able to showcase your skills, in the right way.
Get your own website showcasing your talents, and your portfolio if possible. People love to see testimonials, so if you have any, make sure they’re on your website.
If you’re not comfortable setting up your own website, no problem.
Create a Facebook business page listing all your services and get active in Facebook groups where your ideal clients are. Make sure it’s linked with your personal page, so when you’re showing up in these groups offering valuable advice people can click back to your business page.
Update your LinkedIn account and start building a network filled with your ideal clients.
Get yourself on Fiverr or Upwork to bid for jobs. The internet is a powerful place that you can be utilizing.
If you’re interested in setting up a website, or you’d like some exposure online, I provide Pinterest Management packages, which will include helping with your branding, website set up and Pinterest exposure. You can find the details here.
Of course, I don’t want to let you go without providing a helping hand. Sign up for a free planner to help you get started with your new exciting business. As always, please do reach out to me if you have any questions. You know I’d love to hear from you.