How to start a Virtual Assistant business

Choose the right business model when you start a Virtual Assistant business.

Choosing the right business model is important when you start your Virtual Assistant business. How is it going to operate? How do you choose a name for your business?  Remember that different countries have different rules. So getting the business structure for your Virtual Assistant business right from the start is important.

Choosing the right business model is an important decision that can have a significant impact on the success of your business.

The decision to choose between a sole trader, partnership, or limited company structure for your business will depend on your specific circumstances, goals, and preferences.

  1. Sole trader
  2. Partnership
  3. Limited company

When choosing between these structures, it’s important to consider factors such as your personal liability, tax obligations, regulatory requirements, and long-term goals for your business. It may be helpful to consult with a legal or financial professional to determine which structure is best for your specific circumstances.

Types of business model

Sole trader

This is one of the simplest ways of running your business. As a sole trader, you are the sole owner and operator of your business. This means you have complete control over all decisions, but you are also personally liable for any debts or legal issues that arise. This structure is generally best for small businesses with low risk and limited liability, such as freelance work or consulting.

Limited company

A limited company is a separate legal entity from its owners. This means that the owners are not personally liable for the company’s debts or legal issues. This structure offers greater protection and flexibility for owners but also requires more formalities, such as registering with Companies House, keeping accurate financial records, and filing annual accounts. Limited companies are generally best for businesses with high risk and significant liabilities, such as those involved in manufacturing, retail, or technology.


A partnership involves two or more individuals sharing ownership and responsibility for a business. This structure allows for shared decision-making and resources. But remember partners are also personally liable for the actions and debts of the partnership. Partnerships are generally best for businesses that require complementary skills and expertise, such as law firms or medical practices.

Don’t forget you could start out as a sole trader and then change over to a limited company when you approach the tax threshold relevant to the country you are registered in.

Also remember, it may be worth spending some money on getting professional advice from an accountant. They will be able to help you decide what business structure is right for you.

We will look at all the rest of the legal topics later on but if you have any specific questions in the meantime just drop us a line and we will do our best to help you (or point you in the right direction!).

There are many areas of setting up your office and business that you need to consider – have a look at other topics you may want to consider.