Every entrepreneur needs assistance at one time or another. Many do not need assistance all the time.
Virtual assisting is a growing field. Interestingly, I am receiving quite a bit of interest from women that want to become a Virtual Assistant.
A new friend I met recently became so excited when she found out what I do that she started telling many of her friends. Not only was it to promote my business, but it was her way of sharing or inspiring others to consider this profession.
The discussions with these women has been interesting. A few have lost their positions due to downsizing or they have current jobs but looking to gain additional income. There are also those that have retired and trying to determine if this business would be suited for them.
This is truly a wonderful business to have if you are seeking flexibility and mobility. BUT it’s not for everyone. Just because you were an administrative assistant does not mean this is the correct career move.
This IS a business. First things first, are you prepared to start a business and put the time and effort into it? It’s not easy, but of course like anything else, it can be done.
Life provides all the possibilities we need to be successful. We must first take action and be prepared to be consistent.
Below are a “5” things to consider if this is the direction you are headed. It’s not the end all be all, but the purpose is to generate thoughts:
- Recognize that this is a business first. Are you cut out to be an entrepreneur? Research about start-up businesses and what it will take. A really great resource is Beryl Powell – she focuses on start-up service business and has some very valuable posts. Don’t stop there, there is a wealth of information.
- What are your skills? What do you love to do the most? Be specific and research to determine if there is a market for that. Yes, you can be general but you want to be as specific as possible. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t figure it out at first, it takes time, especially when you are new. If you love it, you will be great at it.
- Call people that are already in the business. Reach out to those that are already virtual assistants. I have found we are a giving and sharing community. Always willing to help.
- Research, Research, Research. If you are new to having an internet business, there are many options and various things to learn. Of course much of it you can learn along the way, make a checklist and prioritize as you are researching.
- Create a plan. Business Plan, Marketing Plan…it does not have to be extensive, but it needs to be specific. You will probably continue to add and tweak it as time goes along.
Again, this is not an end all list but it should help you to get started. If you need help, or if you just want to brainstorm, feel free to contact me.
Are there any specific questions you’d like to ask as you are reading this post? Comment below and I will respond as soon as possible. To your success!