Have you always wanted to work from your Home Office and have your own Home Based Business?
And, are you tired of reading about the “get rich quick” on-line schemes that aren’t right for you?
Virtual Assistance is honest work, you make money, you satisfy your work ethic needs, you stay at home, and you are helping others in their businesses – it’s a win/win all the way around.
Here is WHY the time is right NOW for you to consider a Virtual Assistant Practice!
Here is what you could accomplish after you subscribe:
- Be your own Boss
- Set your own hours
- Work on projects that you want to work on
- Determine your value and set your own price to achieve that
- Freedom to take a vacation when you want to take it
- The joy in starting your own successful business
- Spend more time with your family
- Incredible job satisfaction
— “WOW!!!! That’s amazing, great work Kathy! I really appreciate you and your amazing diverse abilities! 🙂 Excellent!”
You can be at the forefront in today’s ever increasing challenges:
- Increasing fuel costs
- Environmental Issues
- Increased exposure to health issues at the workplace
- Office politics – office gossip, hoping for raises, competing for a better title and the bosses’ attention
- Stuck in a pay grade that goes nowhere
- Stuck in a job that has no career path
If this sounds like the situation you are in right now, and you want the freedom to be you, work for you, set your own price, and answer to only you,
Virtual Assistance may be just what you are looking for.
Let me tell you how I “fell” into becoming a VA. At my company, in my cubical, trying to ignore the conversation in the next cubical about somebody’s problem with her boss, I flipped through a magazine where I was doing some marketing research for the company and there was an article about this new profession – Virtual Assistants.
I couldn’t wait until I got home so that I could do the research to find out if this was just one more get rich, work at home scheme or if it was for real. It was for real and I’ve never looked back. Over six years and counting…..so…
The Virtual Assistant
Creating, Filling and Sustaining a Virtual Assistant Practice
Welcome! to the new and exciting world of Virtual Assistance. These guidelines introduce you to this rapidly expanding home-based business. You will learn the basics of this business, how to get started on a budget, probably with the equipment you already have in your home office right now, how to attract clients and how to grow your business.
I’ve even included an assessment to see if VAing is right for you. You will get a clear understanding right from the beginning about what you will need to do to become a VA.
This guide is based on over six years of direct experience creating and managing a successful virtual assistance practice. We will refund your money if you are not satisfied.
You will have at your fingertips:
- VA Assessment to determine if being a VA is for you
- All of the Basics for getting your practice up and running
- Tools to understand if you can work alone from a home office
- Information about how much to bill, the billing process and how to bill
- Planning worksheets
- Determine who you want your clients to be
- Questions for prospective clients
- What to do after you have interviewed with prospective clients
- How to help people understand the concept of having a virtual assistant to help them
- Where and how to find and attract clients
- How and when to market yourself
- Tools and resources to help in your practice
“I found that the topics addressed my questions about VAing and even some that I didn’t think of. I especially liked the example letters and specific “how to” details.” LT, HI
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Welcome to the new and exciting world of Virtual Assistance. This Book will introduce you to this rapidly expanding home-based business. You will learn in the following pages the basics of this business, how to get started, how to attract clients and how to grow your business. We do not guarantee success. Only you can guarantee your success through perseverance, confidence in yourself, hard work and the belief that you can succeed.
Being a Virtual Assistant is honest work, is not a get rich scheme and it does take time to build a viable business. An evaluation questionnaire is included in this booklet to help you assess your interest and skill level before you decide to invest time and money in making a career of being a Virtual Assistant.
About Working at Home
I have spent over seven years managing a successful Virtual Assistant practice from my home. I started my practice part time and have slowly built it into a full time business. There are many advantages to working at home and there are also some disadvantages.
When I started my VA practice several years ago I was determined to make it a successful endeavor. I did not want to start a business and have it end up a failure. For the last few years of working in the corporate world I had thought about how my services could be adapted to a home based business; I was confident that I knew what was required to run a business out of my home and that my education and experience had given me the tools to make it successful. I was also confident that I possessed the temperament and personality to make it a success.
Some business backgrounds are, of course, more easily adapted to a home office than others. I started my career in the secretarial field and progressed up the ladder to my last corporate position, manager of Information Technology. I knew that this background in secretarial service and computer/Internet technology gave me a high probability of success. I also knew that I was a self-starter; I knew what was needed to get a job done and I’ve always enjoyed working alone.
I was well prepared when I saw an ad on the Internet soliciting applicants to attend an Internet based school training virtual assistants called AssistU. The information assured me that when I graduated from this sixteen-week course of study I would be prepared to successfully run a business from home. This course taught me how to market my services, solicit clients, manage my business, and the intricacy of providing services through the use of computers, phone and fax that people will pay for. Within one month of completing the course work, I had my first client. Within one year I had four clients and have had a continuing successful business since then.
The advantages of working at home include freedom, enhancing self-esteem, convenience and monetary rewards. As a successful home businessperson, I set my own work hours and can choose what hours and days I do not work. Sometimes I may work on Saturday or even Sunday or I may work in the evenings. On the other hand, I can take three or even four day vacations from time to time. I can even load up my laptop, cell phone and printer and go for an extended trip and still run my business. I feel good about myself now that I have succeeded in building a successful business, and the monetary compensation for my work is determined by me, not someone else. This is a business that can be located anywhere there is access to computers, the Internet and a telephone.
Working at home does have its negatives. I sometimes miss the human interface of the office. I had many friends who I now see only occasionally and it is harder to make time during the day for social calls unless well planned. On the other hand, the home office can be so much more efficient because there are fewer interruptions; I tend to concentrate more on my work and less on what the person in the next office is talking about. Managing a home office requires time and attention that is taken for granted in the corporate world. This includes marketing your services, acquiring clients, maintaining records, billing clients and keeping knowledgeable about your business. When you start a home based business, you have to start by doing it all yourself.
We don’t realize the costs of maintaining a home office until we negotiate for health insurance, pay our own taxes, purchase our own equipment and pay for business long distance. However, these are mere inconveniences and can easily be managed by a well-organized home office.
With the advent of instant communication through the computer and Internet and the concerns with the environment and energy conservation, I feel that I am making a positive contribution to society and my health by working at home. I am very happy about the decision I made to start my Virtual Assistance practice and encourage those who have the interest and background to seriously consider working at home.
Throughout this book, I will refer to Virtual Assistant as VA. A VA is a person who uses the Internet, email, fax and telephone to provide service to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and individuals who need help in their business, but who do not want to hire an employee, purchase equipment or manage an office.
Through the use of the Internet, fax, email and telephone, a VA and a client communicate about projects and the progress, updates and changes of specific tasks that need to be completed for the client. The tasks performed by a VA will depend to a large degree on the background of the VA. Your clients may need an expertise in social networking, special online programs, accounting, bookkeeping, document processing, data management, coaching support, small business support, research, mailing, web design, or may even need help sending personal invitations. Generally a good VA will need a strong knowledge and background in computer skills and the Internet.
Most VA tasks are completed virtually, or at a distance. You will need to have a reliable computer, high speed Internet connection with an email account, fax machine, telephone and knowledge of office organization. You will need to learn to promote yourself and tell people about your business in order to attract clients.
A VA partnership is based to a large extent on trust. You must feel comfortable with your clients and win their trust. You must build a relationship with your clients encouraging them to trust you and delegate their projects to you. A VA is a professional who works alone. You alone determine the number of hours you work and the compensation you receive for your work.
Who Uses a Virtual Assistant?
VA’s are becoming increasingly popular with independent business owners, personal and business coaches, entrepreneurs, sales people and others who do not want to hire employees for a number of reasons.
A VA is not an employee but is an independent contractor and business owner. The advantages for partnering with a VA are many. With a VA, entrepreneurs avoid providing office space and equipment for an additional person, they do not need to manage employees, they do not need to handle benefits, payroll and associated insurance costs. VA’s normally charge an hourly rate plus incidental charges such as long distance phone calls, special paper supplies, mailing costs, etc.
VA’s most likely do not live near their clients although some may live in the same state or the same city.
I’ve gathered the most important concepts and resources needed to begin a VA practice into one guide. You may want to collect more information and discover other resource links; I will show you where to look. You will benefit from my years of experience and background in working as a Virtual Assistant and working with clients, and the result will help you build a sound foundation for your practice.
This guide will help you:
- Jump-start your VA career by eliminating unnecessary steps and getting right to the business of starting your practice.
- Have at your fingertips information that has been gathered and used successfully by VAs over the years.
- Easily find the resources and ideas you need to attract clients.
I’ve covered a lot of content. You will want to refer to it often. This guide can easily be used as a workbook. You will want to come back often to find new resources and updated information.
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I’ve included a short assessment of some of the requirements you will need to possess in order to become a successful Virtual Assistant, some personal traits, some business traits, and readiness to be your own boss.
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