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We all want a little more flexibility in our life right? As moms we may want more time to spend with the kids, more time on maternity leave, but still be able to provide financially for our families. Starting a virtual assistant business is a great way to have the best of both worlds: your own schedule AND pay the bills. Not a mom, but someone who wants the freedom to travel and honestly just do what you want when you want? Then this article is for you too!

The first thing to consider is – what are you already good at? Does your previous work give you a unique set of skills? How can you use those skills to help business owners? Even if you have no previous experience, or maybe you have been at home with the kids for a few years and starting over, you can still use your hobbies and interest to find your niche in the virtual assistant world.

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How to Be Your Own Boss as a Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant Services and Niches

There are many different VA services to offer and niches. There are even people who disagree today about what exactly a VA is. Some people say that a VA only performs administrative duties. Others say that a VA can do any service for their client from graphic design to content writing.

Truly, you can develop a VA business that is all your own and serves your clients in the way that you wish and that they need.

Virtual Assistant for Social Media

If you’re good at using social media to get the word out about events or other things in your local area you may be able to parlay those skills to becoming a social media manager to a business owner who lives anywhere. You may want to choose the types of businesses you’d like to work with so that you can specialize, or you may pick a basket of services that you will offer to anyone who needs them. You can choose a multitude of platforms to offer services in such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIN, and Twitter. Businesses need to reach their clients and you can help them do that by managing their social media platforms.

Create Online CourseS

If you are comfortable using any type of online learning software like Podia or Teachable (or if you’re willing to learn), you can help your clients create online courses so they can focus on their students or marketing tasks. If you have an expertise in a certain subject you can even create your own course to sell!

VIRTUAL Admin ASSISTANT

You may choose to be a customer service VA or a create some basic graphics using online software like Canva. Business owners need help with a multitude of tasks ranging from email management, invoicing, scheduling, or organization help. You can leverage your ability to just be “handy” to help business owners be more productive and therefore make more money.

Freelance Copywriter or Ghostwriter

Most business owners have a great idea for a product or service, but that doesn’t mean they have the right words to tell the world about it. People need help writing sales copy for their websites, emails, and blogs. They may even need help writing a book on a subject they are an expert in and can use help to make that subject come alive.

The sky is truly the limit when it comes to your virtual assistant business. There are so many services you can offer and each business owner needs something different.

A virtual assistant working at her desk

How to Make More Money Online As A Virtual Assistant by Specializing

The key to making the most money as a VA is to specialize. Many virtual assistants make six figures working less than 40 hours a week because they offer a specialized service that takes time to learn.

Examples would include narrowing down your ideal client to a very specific high figure earner and become a project manager for them. You could become a WordPress wizard and help bloggers manage their site and blog posts.

Podcasts are becoming more popular everyday and that means podcasters need someone to edit and upload their content. Yet another area where somone needs a VA who specializes.

Are you getting excited about the idea of starting your virtual assistant business yet? That’s great!

But let’s slow down a bit and think about the pros and cons of starting a VA business.

Things to consider when starting a Virtual Assistant business

Like most business ventures, there are always some pros and cons. But unlike most business ventures, the list of cons is relatively short when it comes to starting a VA business. Mostly because you won’t have a huge investment or a lot to lose if it doesn’t work out.

If you really set your mind to it and get started on the right foot, it’s likely you will succeed.

The truth is, most people who really want to be a VA can start making money within a week or two.

You Must Be a Self-Starter

If you want to start any type of business the truth is, you must be able to motivate yourself intrinsically. If you can’t set a schedule for yourself with deadlines and stick to it will be hard for you to be a VA. Someone else is counting on you to meet your deadlines and if you aren’t meeting them they won’t keep you.

You Need to Pick the Right BUSINESS Niche

Starting a VA business requires some self-reflection and knowledge of yourself. If you’re not an early morning person and you hate talking on the phone, don’t pick a niche that requires that from you. Instead, choose something that is more flexible and is more deadline based with no phone work rather than daily time-based or on the phone.

You May Need to Learn Something New

If you pick a niche that requires you to learn a new software, then you need to take a course or dive in and learn it. Luckily you can find a lot of courses on places like Lynda.com and Udemy.com and through other vendors and learn anything you want. Certification isn’t necessary, just knowledge of how to do it and be able to prove that you can do it.

You Will Need to Market and Promote Your Virtual assistant Business

There is no such thing as ‘build it and they will come”. When you start any business including a virtual assistant business you need to know the right way to market and promote it so that you can get the word out. That means you’ll need a website, social media accounts, and more.

But it’s not hard when you know how. The main thing you need to know about starting a virtual assistant business is that you can overcome almost any obstacle because most of them aren’t even real. They’re just your brain putting things in your way to make you afraid. You can pick a niche without that obstacle. You can learn something new and get to work right away. The only thing you really need is the time and dedication to start your virtual assistant business on the right foot using the right tools and information.
A Virtual Assistant's Desk

How to Start a Virtual Assistant Business Today

Of course you could take this VA business idea and figure it out on your own, but it would take you a long time and a lot of stress. The best way to get started is to use a road map that is laid out for you to ensure you get started on the right foot.

Grab my free “starting a virtual assistant business checklist” below to help you plan and strategize how to get started. The checklist will help you figure out what you need to do and when.

Additional Virtual Assistant Resources

If you’re excited about the idea of getting started now, here are some more virtual assistant resources to check out!

FREE list of 150+ VA services that people actually need and will pay for

Related Article: How to Become a VA

If you are specifically interested in specializing in content creation or writing or even becoming a full-time freelance writer, these resources will help you get started:

Struggling to find your writing niche? Grab your FREE copy of 200+ Writing Niches (and sub niches)!

Related Article: How to Become a Freelance Writer

And if you’re ready to jump in full-force, my VA highly recommends these virtual assistant resources!

Courses & Tools for Your VA Business

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How to Be Your Own Boss As a Virtual Assistant