Start a Virtual Assistant Business: An Inside Look
As a mom who wanted a way to work at home and not just work at home but run my own business, I have done it all.
Okay, maybe not everything, but I I have surely had my share of staying up all night googling “how to be a work at home mom” or “businesses to work at home”.
With how many ideas I came across I compiled all those ideas I into one list of money making businesses to start working from home as a stay at home mom.
Now, at the time I didn’t include virtual assistant as I had not yet tried it myself. I have always seen posts about being a virtual assistant but I guess my mind was more focused on ways to make “quick cash”.
Let us just say, I was definitely missing out.
When I first decided to become a virtual assistant
After reading a bit more, I decided in January 2018 to become a virtual assistant. How I was going to do this, I had no clue but it sounded like something I was interested in.
I saw the possibilities of the money I could make, which in my mind I only cared to make enough to cover my bills and taxes. I kept it simple and didn’t care to get rich.
Then I saw what being a virtual assistant entailed and I felt like I could relate a lot more to it as it required you to do “real work” and not some get rich quick scheme.
So at that point, I was motivated and knew I was onto something.
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What did you do first as a new virtual assistant
First off, I was warmly welcomed into the world of virtual assistants. Just as there are groups for stay at home moms and bloggers, there are groups of virtual assistants. And oh, how awesome the virtual assistant community is.
That was the first thing I did and what actually convinced me to become a virtual assistant as a means to work at home and make money.
In one specific group, I learned everything I could about becoming a virtual assistant from how to create a contract, pricing, and how to get clients.
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After learning as much as possible, then what?
Once I soaked in as much information possible, which FYI, IT NEVER STOPS! I took what I learned and I applied it.
My biggest struggle and I think this goes for any business, is how to actually get paying clients.
I joined sites like Upwork to start looking for work, Craigslist, job boards, etc. I then started networking with other social media groups to get potential leads.
After 2 1/2 months finding clients has been a challenge but it’s also because my circumstances got in the way a bit.
The second month I had potential clients rolling in but as the sole breadwinner I had to start a full-time job and I am now building my business on the side until I get to where I can run my business full-time.
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When I got my first client as a virtual assistant
In February 2018, just one month of starting my virtual assistant business, I got my first signed client. I actually reached out to someone I knew who had their own business and they needed my help.
That’s the great thing about being a virtual assistant is that your services are truly essential. Business owners are busy and they can’t do everything on their own if they truly want to be successful.
That’s where we come in and that’s how our business grows.
What I’m currently working on
I am now working on onboarding other clients and continue to market my business every day. I know it may take me a bit longer since I am juggling a job too but I am in this for the long run.
Clients are great at getting the word for you too. That’s another thing I love about this business. If you take care of your clients they will be more than willing to spread the word about the good work you are doing.
So if you’ve been wondering where I have been all this time, I’m now a virtual assistant and would love to answer any questions you may have.
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