We're back with another VA 101 post! On Monday, we covered what you should have on your website as a virtual assistant. Today, we'll talk about what skills new virtual assistants can offer and there's even a workbook to help you work through the questions.
I get this question a lot: I'm so new at this thing - what can I even offer to potential clients? And the answer is never super simple because it requires a lot of discussion.
First of all, you have to be open to learning a lot when you're just getting started and potentially working for much less than what you're worth. Testimonials and work experience are huge when you're starting out, so consider that before diving into the waters head first.
Another thing I have to mention is that if you're going to quit your job to become a virtual assistant, you should have about two months of pay saved in an account somewhere.
If you're using PayPal to get paid, keep in mind that a) your clients may take a few days to pay their invoice (some take longer because they forget or are super busy) and b) it takes a few days (2-4 business days) for the money to go from Paypal to your bank account. So, all of that means that even if you got paid and feel rich with money sitting in your Paypal, you still have to wait for it to get to you and there will be a percentage taken out.
Just things to think about! :)
Before we get started, here are some resources to check out:
- How to Become a VA by Gina Horkey
- 6 Things You Should Know About Working From Home
- Free Virtual Assistant Course
- How to Sell Out Your Virtual Assistant Services With ConvertKit
What Services Can New Virtual Assistants Offer?
We'll go over a few things in this post, but make sure you download the workbook too. It should really help you answer some important questions.
What have you done in the past? What sorts of jobs have you held? If you've frequently - or even occasionally - switch jobs, you should have a handy resume to scan. Print it out and highlight the skills that could be translatable to online work.
For example, if you were an office assistant, you could be fantastic at organizing, emails, communication with your client's customers, etc.
What did you study in school? Are there any bits and pieces of information that you could apply to running a virtual assistance business?
Some examples of this might be hospitality, graphic design, and even languages. Keep an open mind! Virtual assistants and freelancers don't ONLY do admin tasks.
What do you do every single day that takes up more time than anything else? For me, it tends to be emails. Responding back and forth to clients, emailing pitches, scanning through new emails from businesses I respect to learn new things, etc.
I could totally outsource this, yes. But I'm on a small enough scale that I don't have to worry about it at this stage. For a larger business, this is totally something that you could do for a small business or even a very busy individual!