Before I go any further, what do you think the job of a virtual assistant is? What do you think working for a virtual assistant company means?
Well let me tell you, when it comes to online jobs, I have tried my hand at many, and working for a virtual assistant company is certainly among the best. There, we were expected to do a wide variety of tasks for a lot of different brands!
In 2019 this industry is growing incredibly fast, and it is not far from the truth that it has a role to play in the growth of a number of businesses today. It doesn’t matter if you are running the conventional business model or you have taken your business online, a virtual assistant can impact on your business.
When I first heard the word, ‘Virtual assistant’, I thought they were merely executive assistants tasked with the jobs that the exec doesn’t want to do. After I dipped my toes in with a couple of online virtual assistant jobs, I realized that it was a lot more than that!
Virtual Assistant Jobs
Sometimes, a virtual assistant may be involved in carrying out conventional tasks that are linked to administrative work. In other cases, the duties can be more diverse than this.
From my few years of being involved with VA companies, I can tell you that a virtual assistant is a person that gets paid for services he or she does for the day to day business activities.
But what does this really mean?
Like the name portrays, the job is virtual, meaning that it is online, and best of all – Remote! Meaning you can work from your desk or the beach!
What Do Virtual Assistant Companies Offer Their Clients?
This is a question I am asked over and over again when discussing this as a way to make money.
When it comes to what a virtual assistant does, there is no definitive list. As your job wholly depends on the clients needs. Your job as a virtual assistant could literally be anything, from writing reports to booking holidays.
Bear in mind however that it is entirely dependent on the interests and skills you have. This goes a long way to ensure that you do your job well.
Some of the responsibilites you could be expected to carry out include:
- Customer Service
- Web Design
- Content Creation
You may be expected to talk to customers and clients on behalf of the business. In fact, this may surprise you but over 50% of companies use VA’s in some capacity!
A lot of companies outsource this job to virtual assistants.
Content creation for blogs and ghostwriting
This is another job that is outsourced to virtual assistants. I have come across some seriously notable blogs that outsource their content.
Essentially, nearly any job you can think of, can and will be outsourced at some point to a VA.
How to become a virtual assistant
As a freelancer, you can work for multiple companies at once, catering to their needs.
This means more $$$
If you have decided that being a virtual assistant is something you want to do, you need to follow these key steps:
What Is Your Business Structure?
This should be the first question that you broach:
What area will your business cover?
Ask yourself, what clientele base you intend to work with. What sorts of jobs will you be best at?
What tolerance level do you have for risk?
If your plan is to start your own virtual assistant company, you should talk to a lawyer or accountant to decide what business structure you want to employ. You need to know what the legal system says about such a business structure. Do you want to be a sole proprietor, a partnership, or a corporation? You need to decide. And it will cost you money.
For someone that is starting out, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to consider sole proprietorship. I always advise you to talk to an accountant before you begin.
What Kind of Services Do You Want To Give Clients?
Were you once like me. I thought that the job of a virtual assistant was to check emails or manage the calendar of my client. And that was where my responsibilities stopped.
As a VA, you may get to do those things, but there is a lot more that can be demanded of you. And you need to be prepared.
When I was starting, I asked myself what I could do.
Am I patient enough for customer service?
Do I have the skills for graphics design?
Can I be an effective content creator?
I had to find out what my skills were. When I did, it became a lot easier.
What Is Your Pricing Structure?
How much do you intend to charge your clients for virtual assistant jobs?
There is no real steadfast rule for this. So before you make your decision on what to charge, you have to come to terms with the fact that you are basically a subcontractor.
This is a contract job, meaning that there won’t be health insurance, neither will there be allowances that come with having a regular job. You will take care of your needs from the income you make.
How much you charge should be dependent on the above, the nature of the job, as well as your skill set. If you are starting, you may not charge as much as someone with much more experience. If you are confused about what to charge, this is what I recommend.
At the time of writing, the average wage in the UK for a virtual assistant is £25k. But I would recommend searching Payscale.com for up to date information.
Going Alone: Create Your Website And Advertise
To create your website, I advise you to go for WordPress. It is a lot easier than many other platforms to use.
You will also need to come up with a brand name. Read my blog to show you how to do this.
My Recomendation: Join an Agency
My personal recommendation is to join an agency. They will procure the work for you and although your hourly rate will be lower. You will have a steady stream of clients and income that you haven’t had to advertise for!
A few that I have used in the past include:
Good luck and as always, contact me with any questions.