We have a lot of people stop by each year looking specifically for information on how to become a virtual assistant. This term has come to encompass so many things over the years and is no longer just secretarial work.
What Do Virtual Assistants Do?
Both online entrepreneurs and small local businesses may have the need for remote help. The assistance needed runs the gamut and can be entry-level or require someone with special training. One business may simply need someone to answer their office phones a few hours each week while another may need someone to perform blogger outreach for their upcoming product launch.
There is a big need right now for blog assistance as more and more women bloggers are seeing their efforts pay off and creating platforms earning six-figures or more. Blog assistants have a specialized skill set, but it’s one that is often self-taught.
A few of the most wanted virtual assistant services at this time include:
- Social Media Scheduling & Management
- Blog Advertising Outreach
- Email Management
- Blog Post Writing & Scheduling
- Video & Podcasting Editing & Uploading
- Image Design
- eBook & eCourse Editing & Proofreading
- Email Marketing
- 52 Virtual Assistant Services You Can Offer
Where Can I Find Virtual Assistant Jobs?
Many new virtual assistants opt to work for someone else before going out on their own and getting their own clients. Companies that hire subcontractors are often called multi-VA firms. These companies are usually started by a virtual assistant that has amassed enough clients that they can no longer handle the work on their own. They then hire virtual assistants of their own in order to outsource that work.
While there are a lot of smaller multi-VA firms around, there are a few big ones that are frequently hiring:
Working for someone else usually comes with a lower wage. Eventually, you are probably going to want to break out on your own. When you are ready to start building your own business and getting your own clients, here are some great tips to get you started:
- Know the services you want to offer and have a few packages to choose from
- Know who your ideal client is – what’s their industry? what type of services do they need? where do they hang out online?
- What’s their budget? Can they afford to hire help?
Luckily, there are so many places to find clients – both online and off. Once you know who your ideal client is you will have a much better indication as to where to start looking.
- Facebook for Freelancers
- VAs for Hire
- Virtual Assistants for Bloggers
- VAs for Hire and Pinterest-Friendly Content for Bloggers
- VAs Buy, Sell & Barter
- Social Media Managers
- Social Media Jobs
You can also start reaching out to those you would like to work with who may be interested in your services. Your email pitch should be tailored to the potential clients and show a sincere interest. Don’t send marketing spam. Instead, let them know what interests you about their business, why you think you’d make a great match and a few areas where you could help them build a stronger and more profitable business. The key here is making it about them, not about you.
Once you find that first person interested in your services, you will want to make sure you are a great match. You will need to do a little interview or online meeting so you can both learn a little more about what’s needed, what you can offer and whether you are a good personality and professional match.
This is a time you will want to set clear expectations on your turnaround time, your hours of availability, how you expect to be paid and when, and your preferred means of communication. Be stern. Set your rules and don’t allow yourself to be taken advantage of.
If you would like to hear a few personal experiences on becoming a virtual assistant, we have had some great guests over the years sharing their stories:
- Susan Osborne
- Karen Repoli
- Tiffany Manley
- Kristin Swartzlander
- Shanna Kurpe
- Susan Tucker
- Gina Horkey
If you have been at your virtual assistant job search for awhile and aren’t getting any nibbles, revisit your email pitch and online presence. I recently interviewed several of those who hire freelancers and they were kind enough to share their turn-offs which included not following directions, an unprofessional appearance online and not being able to clearly and confidently share their skills, wants and worth.
Interested in learning how to become a virtual assistant to bloggers? Get the details on my course The Blogger’s VA: How to Make More Money from Your Blogging Skills as a Virtual Assistant to Bloggers.