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Old 03-11-2015, 10:57 PM
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Default Looking for advice/tips on starting out as a Virtual Assistant

Hello everyone. I am new to this forum, and new to the world of Virtual Assistants. I am just getting started and am in my research/networking phase. I have spoken to several people in my area that are small business owners and they have all had positive responses to my interest in helping out small business owners with things such as scheduling, billing, word processing, orders/deliveries, email contacts, etc. I am a stay at home mom of three, and have relatively limited work experience. I ran a home office for a concrete/masonry home business, and have done medical transcription from home as well. I am an excellent self-teacher, and have an excellent ability to remain organized and productive from home. I am hoping I can get some responses in regards to what programs/software I should look into learning, and any other tips and advice I should be aware of. I am very excited to start this process, but am intimidated as well, due to my lack of experience. I am very confident that I could be an excellent asset to any business, but am concerned that marketing myself, at this point, would not bring in much clientele due to the lack of experience. Thanks in advance for any responses!
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Old 04-09-2015, 07:02 AM
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Hi there!

Firstly, well done on deciding to become a Virtual Assistant. It sounds like you have the right idea and are aware of what is needed to become one and deliver the working standards required. I wouldn't worry too much that you don't have practical experience yet as we all have to start somewhere!

My advice is to read as much as you can, find a niche, get some practice and just be confident in your abilities. If you know you're good at what you do then the rest is just practice. I have a site called The VA Handbook which is a good place to start as I show you how to choose a niche, set services and rates, and what skills you need to be a good VA.

There are some other very good resources out there but it sounds like you already have the practical skills and mindset to succeed.
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:45 PM
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Default How to become a virtual assistant

Hello!

It's good to know that there are people who were very interested to become a virtual assistant. I am working as a virtual assistant right now. Let me share you something how to become a virtual assistant.

There are countless services you can provide virtually, like writing, ghostwriting, graphic design, researching, editing, tutoring, desktop publishing, counseling, audio/video/photo editing, coaching, consulting, bookkeeping, copy writing, social media management, project management, transcription, programming, data entry and anything else you can do without having to be in the same physical location as your client.

Get a website. People need to be able to find you. It gives you a more professional appearance, the chance to highlight some of your skills and an opportunity to explain your process.

Get involved in social media. This would include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn or wherever your potential clients hang out.

Network with other VAs. Ask around, read great articles, do some googling and find people who are already VAs. Check out their websites, see what they offer and get an idea of how it might work for you.

I hope these advices will help you.

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Old 06-08-2015, 06:46 AM
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I agree with the comments above. Get yourself a 'web presence'. Try to be as focussed as you can. You've done a lot of the legwork already by telling people you're doing it, because word of mouth is a big thing. If you're in a thing where people know your character, etc, that would also be a good place to tell them that you're doing it. Like a voluntary organisation or church.
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:48 PM
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I would recommend that you setup profiles on a few sites such as Freelance.com and odesk.com.
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Old 07-21-2015, 07:22 PM
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You have gotten some excellent advice from forum members. I really like "find a niche". That is perhaps the most important aspect. Become as or more knowledgeable in that area as the person/company hiring you.

We have used VA's in the past (and still do). Each is a specialist in their area. To be honest, we need them more than they need us.
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Old 08-02-2015, 01:34 PM
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Hi, I am also new in both, (forum & virtual assistant industry). I am also thinking in a same way like you, but can do almost all, as virtual assistant & I am working on free lance websites but I want to make a stable work. On those websites I will get work as I keep on working, when I stop my effort I will get nothing out of them. Is there any way to get stable work?
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:28 AM
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It really depends on the type of work you are expected to do as a Virtual Assistant. There are companies that will provide you with materials that you can read and study. As you work, you also learn. Every day is a learning process until you get a hold if it. And you never stop to learn as online marketing is very much dynamic. Everyone pretty much adjusts to the updates Google does every now and then.
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