Now that you’ve decided to become a virtual assistant, you naturally want to be the best you can be–and the best in the business. This is one of the few part-time money making ideas that can turn into a great full-time career, if you play your cards right. So, here are ten suggestions to put you on the road to success…
It goes without saying, that if you want to be the best, you will need to pick an area to specialize in. As you go to choose your area of specialization, keep your skill set and natural abilities in mind. Don’t choose an area simply because it seems lucrative, or sounds interesting; choose jobs you can already do, and do well. If you’re a talented receptionist, but would rather be a web designer, that’s fine. Earn enough as a receptionist to pay for web design courses, and then switch. When it comes to succeeding as a VA, expertise is everything.
2. A Business Plan
Your dad would tell you that “you didn’t plan to fail; you failed to plan.” And most new entrepreneurs who start their new venture without an adequate business plan do fail. A good plan will include a market analysis, a look at your competition, a financial plan and a business model, among other sections. Remember, you don’t need to have a formal document, but a very informal way to keep track of all the necessary elements works just as well. Unsure of how to proceed? A quick search online, or at your local library or bookseller will turn up plenty of reliable references. It may seem like so much hoop-jumping when you’re raring to jump into your new life, but a little time spent in planning could well save your business later.