Without a doubt setting up a VA business was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done (aside from having kids and marrying Ed, of course!)
It has brought me freedom, security and helped me grow in so many ways. There is plenty of work out there for virtual assistants, so if you are considering setting up a VA business, I’m the first person to say ‘go for it’.
That said, not everyone is suited to setting up as a freelance VA. In fact, some of us are better opting to climbing the corporate ladder, and there’s no shame in that!
To help you decide whether becoming a freelance VA is for you, I devised this simple, two-minute test: http://myvabusiness.co.uk
If you are ready to take the plunge as a freelance virtual assistant, then there’s much to do: A website, your own branding and determining your niche market are essential starting points.
Next you need to decide your fees, how to invoice and where and how to market your business.
In all honesty, it can be over-whelming, I know I found it to be a real challenge. Twelve years since I quit my corporate, banking career to set up as a virtual assistant, I can only imagine how much more quickly my business would have developed if I had known then what I know now.
I wouldn’t have wasted money on print advertising, I wouldn’t have worked for peanuts and I wouldn’t have had to burn the midnight oil and sacrifice sleep to balance work and family commitments.
If I had to give one piece of advice to my younger self it would be ‘find someone who has done it and learn from them’. That’s the main reason I set up My VA Business.
If you are wondering whether setting up a VA business is for you, drop me a line to access a video that will explain how to do so in greater detail: http://myvabusiness.co.uk/contact-us/