Over on Confessions of a Single Mum, I am doing a mini-series on working from home. As part of the series, I am looking at jobs Mums can realistically do from home. No envelope stuffing or dodgy sounding phone calls. Just realistic ones that actually pay money, decent money. So today I am asking if your one of those with a yearning to work from home, be your own boss, master of your destiny….have you got what it takes to be a Virtual Assistant?
Psssttt – the answer is you probably have.
So what do you need under your belt to be a Virtual Assitant (VA)? IF you have ever worked anything that involved admin work you’re probably good to go. Office work and secretary work/skills, you’re also perfect. Even if you’re a blogger there are tons of VA services you could be offering to other bloggers. But it doesn’t stop there as there are so many different VA roles that if you have any sort of skill you can make a service out of it.
Though it’s absolutely necessary, there are courses out there to get you on the right path. Some are expensive and a really considered purchase. If you do want a course to help you get on the right track I can recommend the Rocking Virtual Assistant Ecourse and Training ( yes that’s an affiliate link ) by the wildest lady Sadie. Sadie is a VA and a very successful one at that. But what makes Sadies course so unique is that she doesn’t tell you, she shows you. It doesn’t stop there. There are ongoing support, advice and more training in her really active Facebook group.It’s like having not just one but several mentors by your side. I have done her course and its now I am earning.
You will need to register as self-employed but that is very simple. Also keep your accounts but again this is quite simple and Gov.uk site has lots of useful info on how to do it. You will need an office space to work from too. I have a desk in my bedroom which works for me as I can shut the door when it gets all too noisy. You will need a reliable internet connection, laptop or computer for starters. The rest you can decide on as you go and when you have worked out what services you want to offer.
That’s the beauty of being a VA, you decide what services you want to offer. I do Roundups, Pinterest work, Pinterest and Social Media Graphics and webhosting because that’s what I enjoy the most. I am about to start doing content bundles too. So you see your business can flex and grow as you do.
You will need a website/page, facebook page or something to explain your services and rates. You can then refer people to it and it can be found via search engines searches etc.
- Don’t overstretch yourself. Nothing worse than not being able to deliver services on time because you overbooked yourself.
- Don’t undercharge. Even when you’re new. It’s not doing you or other VA’s any favors. Instead, charge the going rate and over deliver.
- Lastly enjoy it. Not everyone has the ability to be able to work from home. It really can be life changing