Starting your first home-based virtual assistant business doesn’t have to be intimidating or confusing — though it might seem like it at first. If you have always had an idea for your own business, being your own boss, and creating your own hours, there has never been a better time to make this decision. Let’s take a look at some topics you will need to navigate as you put together your business plan and embark on this self-employment journey from home. I promise these will be worth it!
Starting your virtual assistant business
First of all, creating your own company focused on providing virtual assistant (VA) services is the right thing to do right now, so great job! The verdict is in when it comes to this kind of work: Businesses are extremely interested in hiring VA services and understand that hiring a VA can help them grow and create a more efficient operation. In other words, you picked the right field.
By mid-June of 2020, there were nearly 5,000 VAs on the Upwork platform and tens of thousands on other platforms, as well. It’s a booming business!
You’ll need several things in order to start your own VA business: a dedicated office space, a computer with access to high-speed internet, and excellent time management skills. Speaking of which…
Productivity: It will make or break you!
Working from your own home offers a lot of flexibility and the ability to more or less make your own hours. However, sometimes it can be a challenge to make sure you’re making the most out of all this flexibility. Here are a few tips:
- Separate your working space from your lounging space. Create that distinction in your mind that your office is where work gets done and your living room is where relaxation happens. Then, you’ll be more in “work mode” when you’re in the office and vice versa.
- Put away distractions and put your phone on silent if you need to really get work done in the middle of the day.
- Exercise and eat properly. This is good advice for living your life in general, but it’s doubly so when working from home. You may find that snack foods are easier to obtain when you’re five feet from the kitchen. Don’t give in to the temptation!
Snagging those first customers
Getting — and keeping — loyal customers depends on your very first interactions with them, as well as every interaction thereafter. Creating a network of folks who have utilized your services and enjoyed working with you is key from the very beginning.
Creating an online presence is key. Social media pages, an engaging website (download The Raxx Creative’s free guide here), email marketing, and fast customer support will set your company above the rest. Social media, especially, can help you improve your response times and present your business as a friendly, supportive partner.
Take advantage of the tools available
If you’re forming a new business, you want to make sure you take advantage of all the tools in your belt in order to get the most out of your new career. Freelance services include things like graphic design work, tax preparation services, and, of course, virtual assistance.
You should also consider forming a limited liability company (LLC). These kinds of businesses enjoy tax advantages, flexibility, and personal asset protection. As you’re doing your research, you might wonder how to start your LLC. The good news is, you can save time and money by using online formation services to create your LLC. Avoid hefty lawyer fees and make sure you look up what regulations are required as they vary from state to state.
Put them all together
Combining your expertise in acquiring clients, all the online tools at your disposal, your impeccable time management skills, and your hardworking personality, and you’re ready to start your very own VA business! Are you ready to take that leap? The Raxx Creative has the program to get you going. Find out about the VA Fast Track course now.
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