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Virtual Assistance; is it for you? FREE Assessment

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...

Welcome to the The Virtual Assistant – Your Guide for Building a VA Practice

What Will You Get When You Subscribe? Below you’ll find a list or table of contents of what you’ll be learning in the next several days and weeks. Table of Contents Let’s Get Started What is a Virtual Assistant & Who Uses a Virtual Assistant? Getting the Most From Your Subscription VA Assessment…Is Becoming a VA Right For Your? Get Started with the Basics Understand Yourself – What Motivates YOU? What Skills & Equipment are Required to be a VA? Your Value, How Much $$$$, How to Invoice Get Down to the Real Work – Plan Your Practice Why Entrepreneurs Want a Virtual Assistant & Who Do You Want For Your Clients? Preparing to Talk the Talk and Walk the Walk Talking with Potential Clients Helping Others Understand The VA Concept What Should a VA Expect from a Client? Marketing: Observe and Be Available Where and How to Find Clients Welcoming Your New Clients Into Your Practice. VA Skills Set Above Your Technical Skills While Working With Your New Client Maintaining and Sustaining Your Partnerships Adding It All Up – Congratulations!...

Let’s Get Started

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....

What Is A Virtual Assistant?

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...

Getting the Most From This Guide

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. Find out if VAing is for you – Click Next to take an informative assessment of your...

A VA Practice – Is it for you?

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. Find out if you have the attitude needed to become a Virtual Assistant by taking this assessment. You will be redirected to a new page. Click Here to Take Your...

Get Started With the Basics – The Ground Work

Imagine Your VA Practice Grab a piece of paper and jot down a few items that come to mind. Or better yet, since you are going to be a VA, jot your ideas using your word processor.   Imagine how you want your VA practice to look. Imagine how your office will look. Imagine what kind of equipment you will have. Imagine who you will be partnering with. Will you want a few clients working many hours or many clients working for each only a few hours; or a mix, or does it matter? This is important. If we work with only a few people for many hours, it can become routine. Are you the type of person who likes routine? Do you need direction for every task? On the other hand working with a few clients can give you the advantage of really knowing your client and understanding their business. This leaves you exposed to a client who you may have been working with for several hours a month emailing you one day and telling you he or she needs to cut the hours. You then need to find another client to make up those hours. You can also work on a Team of VAs doing only your specialty. If you choose to work with many people only a few hours each, you need to be extremely flexible in regard to tasks, people, your clients’ clients and so on. Working a few hours for many clients leaves you open to limiting the amount of work you can do for a client and the flexibility of doing those tasks....

Understand Yourself – What Motivates YOU?

To help you know if you will be able to work in a home office, managing yourself, make a list of the times when you have been most productive, energized and content with your work? Were you on a project with a team or working on an independent project? Now make a list of the times when you have been least satisfied, miserable, unhappy and hated to do the work. If your list includes many times when you are alone or not working with other people, you should review the assessment to see if being a virtual assistant is for you.      ...

What Skills & Equipment Are Required to be a VA?

Before considering entering the VA field, it is important to know that you must have fairly good computer skills, and an expertise that will benefit a business virtually. Computer skills would include the following:   Understanding the Internet and how to find and extract information   Understanding the use of email and how to use it effectively   Knowing a word processing program such as Word. We strongly suggest that you are extremely comfortable using Microsoft Office products   Being competent in what you do   Being professional   If you have skills in accounting, database, web site development, graphic design, real estate, finance, organizing, etc., you may need additional software and skills related to your niche.   What Equipment Will You Need to Get Started   Computer and a high speed Internet connection – Cable, DSL, and a reliable backup system Printer, preferably a high resolution laser jet or desk jet Fax Dedicated telephone lines for the business Depending on the requirements of your clients, you may need a copier, or easy access to a copier, scanner, a binding system and mailing equipment Your space should be organized, light, and quiet. You should have a comfortable chair and a comfortable environment. Whether your space is small or large, create an environment that is pleasing for you to be in each...

Value? Billing? Money? How Much Do You Need?

Determine Your Billing Practice The compensation that you seek will be a function of your education, experience and what the client expects of you. Secretarial work and word processing most likely will receive less pay than accounting, web designing, computer software and hardware consulting or doing Internet research. You will set your fee according to your abilities. However, it is common practice to charge one common rate for all tasks. In other words, if you are doing accounting work and word processing work for one client, you would charge the set rate agreed upon between you and your client. This should be made clear with your client at the beginning of your business partnership. A total VA practice includes a wide variety of projects and tasks; some requiring little technical ability, for instance, doing mailings, and some that require high degree of knowledge about your client’s company and the Internet, such as research and working on specialized software programs. A negotiated fee must be agreed upon up front between you and your client. You determine the method for billing and payment. It is common practice to bill on an hourly basis. It is important to emphasize to your client the date you intend to (e)mail your invoice and the date the invoice is due. Billing by e-mail is the preferred method unless your client requests and you agree to another method such as regular mail. When determining your hourly rate, keep in mind that you are running and maintaining an independent business that will include paying for equipment, taxes, rental, supplies, insurance, utilities and miscellaneous items. It is very...

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