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Virtual Assistant Business: Is it right for me?

If you’ve been looking around for any length of time for a business that you can do from home, you’ve likely seen many of them and Virtual Assistance is just one of them. So, how do you know that being a virtual assistant is right for you?

Do you have the right skills?

Be honest with yourself, do you have the skills that a virtual assistant should have.

You must be:

  • Internet savvy
  • Great with computers
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Have experience as an Administrative Assistant or Secretary
  • An expert in the niche you choose

If you’re not these things yet, that is perfectly fine, but you must be willing to learn whatever you need to learn, in order to be what you say you are a Virtual Assistant in whatever niche you choose.

There are a lot of ways to learn. You can:

  • Take a class
  • Find an internship
  • Find a mentor

One thing I always tell new Virtual Assistants starting out is to be your own best client. By that I mean, do for yourself, expertly, the things that you claim that you want to do for others. Then, if you don’t have a lot of work history, make sure you find a way to get some. You can do this by:

  • Volunteering
  • Charging low rates
  • Working in an internship

When possible keep a record of the things you are doing as a volunteer, and someone for whom you are charging low rates to. Definitely keep track of all that you do as an intern. You can build quite a portfolio this way.

If you have several years under your belt of working in an office you’re ahead of the pack and you can start this business without any training, or any certification, and most definitely without charging low rates. So don’t think that just because you did not hold the specific title of Virtual Assistant that you’re not able to jump right into this business.

Also, if you have zero experience, don’t think you cannot ever do this business, but don’t expect to be able to rack up a six figure salary over night. You’ll have to train, work and pay your dues in this business just like any other business out there.

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 http://www.barrypublishing.com.

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