Virtual assistants are remote workers who are usually diverse in their skills, backgrounds and locations. They use technology to deliver their services to clients all over the world. Most work from a home office and most have their own websites. Many VA‘s offer clerical or secretarial type services but there are several that specialize in areas like marketing. web design, social media management, accounting, legal services, tech support and more.

Clients are more likely to hire assistants to save money when they need temporary help or when they just cant afford to hire a full time employee. Most Virtual Assistants pay their own taxes, equipment, training and healthcare which can save a business a large amount of money. Real Estate, life or business coaching, financial services, accounting and legal services are the industries that hire most frequently.

Here are just a few tips to help you.

  • Decide just what type of services you have adequate experience in and will be able to offer to your clients.
  •  Determine your niche. You should consider specializing in just two to three services to make it easier to market.
  •  Decide how much time you have to commit to your business venture. Will you work part or full time?
  • Do some thorough research to determine the need for your services in your local area.
  • Outline who your clients will be and how to access them.
  •  Do  market analysis. Find out your niche and focus on how you will apply it to your business.
  •  Know your financial limitations and what your expected income will be, your possible expenses and how long you will be able to hang on until your business is running all on it’s own.
  • Write a business plan and go over it often to manage any future changes.
  • Make sure your equipment, software and office space will meet your business and client needs.
  • Name your business, secure a domain name and build a website. Try to use the same name for all to avoid confusion.
  •  Market your services continously. Othewise the clients won’t be knocking on your door and you will likely fail.
  • Consider joining a professional organization. It can be a great networking opportunity and you could reap big benefits.
  • Don’t be afraid to contact business’s who could possibly use your services. Send them a brochure or business card.
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