Do you want to become a virtual assistant and just work from home? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ve outlined the steps you need to get your first client.
Here’s how you can get started:
Leverage Your Past Experiences
When you're staring a VA business, the fastest way to get hired is to market your skills. Choose 3-5 skills you're confident in and make this the foundation of your business. For instance, if you know how to manage emails and use email marketing automation software, you can get hired as a virtual email marketing assistant.
Choose Your Rates
The next step is to define your rates. At the beginning, it’s ideal to charge clients per hour. Once you’ve understood how much time you take to finish a project or the amount of work it entails, then switch to a monthly fee or flat fee. For example, managing a business’ email may take you 2 hours per day. Once you understand this, you can charge per service for $100 per week (or $10 per hour). Remember you’re starting a business, so don’t sell yourself too short and ensure you get the right compensation.
Create a Website
Next, you need to create a website with a list of your services and packages. The website should include your basic information, services, past experiences, portfolio, current or past clients, niche, rates, testimonials and contact form. You can easily build a website in Wix or Wordpress and buy a domain name in GoDaddy.
When you’re just starting out you may not have testimonials or a list of past clients, which is okay! After you’ve worked with a few clients, you can ask for testimonials and modify your website.
Search for Virtual Assistant Jobs
After you’ve created a website, you can get your first clients by applying for jobs. We regularly compile a list of virtual assistant jobs available in the US here. You can filter your search based on the job function or by entering relevant keywords.
Network Your Business If you have a particular online business or entrepreneur that you'd like to work with, then become a part of their community. Subscribe to their email list, follow them on Twitter, leave insightful comments, and interact with people within their community. Once you've gotten into their network, you can reach out to them via email and request a Skype meeting. If they don't respond after a few days, then send a simple follow-up email.
Arranging an online meeting is one of the best ways to explain what you do and to see if they have a need for your services. Business owners want to hire people who already know about their brand voice and products. So master the basics regarding their brand, and talk about how your services can be of help to their business.