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Getting started as a Virtual Assistant

Getting started working from home as a remote virtual assistant (VA) can be an exciting and scary time for the new VA. But, if you really think about it, getting started in this business is no harder that getting started working as a secretary for a bricks and mortar business, it’s just different.

To gvirtual assistant et started as a Virtual Assistant you need:

  • Administrative or Secretarial Experience
  • A Niche
  • A Business License
  • A Business Banking Account (or PayPal)
  • A Virtual Assistant Website
  • Knowledge of Interactive Technology
  • Systems Developed to Help you Work Remotely
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • A Client Contract

Once you have these things in place, you simply market yourself as a virtual assistant both locally, and nationally. You can use sites like or, or to help find positions as a Virtual Assistant. You can also answer local ads that want a part time secretary that isn’t responsible for answering telephones.

Make sure you spread the word. You can also offer to do over flow work for other VAs but do not feel like you have to work free unless you feel like you are truly getting something out of it such as good training such as with an internship of some kind.

Just know that, if you have any secretarial skills at all, they can translate to working as a Virtual Assistant from home!

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About Stephanie Watson

Mom | Wife | Virtual Assistant | Content Strategist
Stephanie has been working from home for over 20 years as a virtual assistant, template bender, and content writer. She's currently transitioning to business coach. You can learn more about her at her website


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