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What is a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant usually works from home, supporting small and medium sized businesses with administration support including diary management, travel booking, email management, and research. Some VAs also offer other services such as social media management, bookkeeping, marketing and event management.
What services does a Virtual Assistant offer?
A Virtual Assistant usually supports small to medium sized businesses with a variety of administration and other tasks such as:
- Diary Management
- Email Management
- Research Tasks
- Travel Booking
- Hotel Booking
- Streamlining Processes
- Social Media Management
- Digital Decluttering
How to become a Virtual Assistant?
To become a virtual assistant:
- Look at your transferable skills – are you organised, a great communicator and have MS Office skills?
- Choose a business structure, name, services you’ll offer and a pricing strategy.
- Always consider expert support to guide you through the legal, regulatory and website stuff – mistakes are costly.
- Market, network and grow
How long does it take to become a Virtual Assistant?
It’s possible to become a Virtual Assistant in as little as 2- 4 weeks by:
- Getting the right support – look for VA experts who offer training and courses to give you the info you need
- Understanding the average new VA gets their first client in month 3 so keep motivated and keep marketing if it doesn’t happen straight away!
What skills do you need to become a Virtual Assistant?
The best Virtual Assistants have numerous skills including:
- A positive can-do attitude, flexibility and the ability to multi-task.
- Great communication and office skills (MS Office or similar)
- Motivation to work hard and keep learning new skills
- Dedication and integrity – treating every clients’ business as if it was their own.
How much money can you make as a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant’s average hourly rate in the UK is £27 and earning potential can be almost unlimited if you:
- Offer specialist skills or work in a niche market
- Expand your business by taking on Associate VAs
- Partner with other small businesses to offer a one stop shop
How do I become a Virtual Assistant with no experience?
Even without experience you can become a Virtual Assistant because:
- You have loads of transferable skills already – if you’re a parent, you’re already an expert at planning, multitasking, communicating and researching!
- There are loads of great sources of support out there and expert training programmes that can guide you
- If you’re open to learning new skills, you’ll feel at home in the VA community.
How do I start a Virtual Assistant business at home?
To set up a home-based VA business:
- Take time to understand your target market
- Choose a business name and structure
- Get expert support or training to ensure you cover the legal and regulatory requirements.
- Establish your services and pricing structure
- Get online – create a VA website
- Work hard on your marketing plan and network at every opportunity!
How do I create a Virtual Assistant website?
To create a Virtual Assistant website:
- Decide on your domain name, check it’s available and snap it up if it is!
- Choose hosting for your site.
- Install WordPress and learn how to use it.
- Make your site attractive – use a theme, great images and sparkling copy.
- Remember you can pay an expert to do it if tech isn’t your thing!
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