So how do I actually become a Virtual Assistant?
- First of all, you must decide on the services you are going to offer (ensuring you have the skills to professionally deliver them).
- Work out if there are specific sectors you would like to target.
- Sort out your pricing. Do different services cost a different price? Do you offer package rates? Do you offer daily rates?
- Create your website and clearly identify why your prospective customer needs to use you.
- Network – tell everyone what you are doing. Join local networking groups. Tell friends and family and ex-employers. Tell whoever will listen!
- Have an ‘elevator pitch’ ready – in other-words something that will explain your business in two easy sentences.
- Join professional organisations such as LinkedIn, Trade Organisations, post regularly and join in discussions, online forums and support groups – don’t automatically do a sales pitch but rather share information and offer tips if people are looking for advice. People like to engage with people they feel have helped them.
- Use social media – whether it is Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, LinkedIn …. get yourself an online social media account and start posting relevant content.
- Stick at it – it may take time to get that first client so be prepared to be patient.
What services should a Virtual Assistant offer?
Each Virtual Assistant will have their own set of skills and experience. The services listed below are generally completed on a daily basis in most offices and are also easily dealt with on a remote basis.
- Audio transcription work
- Word processing
- Data management
- Data entry
- Call handling
- Email management
- Excel spreadsheet developer
- Social media management
- Website design, development and support
- Website maintenance
- Content creation
- Translation service
- Diary management
- Mail shots
- Project management
- Customer service
As you can see the list is only limited by your own skill-set – but remember, only offer what you can confidently deliver. It is better to offer services that you know you are proficient in rather than trying to offer everything and end up delivering a poor service.