Picture the scene. I’m seventeen years old, it’s around a quarter to nine in the morning and I’m on a commuter bus on my way to work. It’s one of my very first jobs out of school, I work from nine to five thirty every day in a huge airless room at a faceless call centre in a massive building with hundreds of other people. As I look out of the window, the bus passes a tree in the park… and it suddenly hits me.
Because virtual assistance is an unregulated industry and you don’t need any formal qualifications to be a VA, there is often confusion and misunderstanding in the VA Handbookers Facebook group around what being one actually entails. Because I’m also tired of reading articles that portray the profession as being an ‘easy side gig’, I thought I’d explain what it actually means to be a Virtual Assistant.
One of my favourite sayings is “you’re the sum of the five people you spend the most time with”, so if the people around you are negative complainers who always find a reason why something can’t be done, they will stifle your success. They will eventually bring you down to their level and you’ll never reach your full potential. This is why you need a Mastermind or Accountability group.
Because my DIY VA course gets such great results, I wanted to share some of the inspiring success stories from people who have taken the course and set up their own freelance business. Following a family bereavement, Lauren took some time to evaluate her life and decided that life was way too short to be unhappy. Here’s the story of why Lauren took the course and how her life has changed since.
If you charge by the hour, at some point you’re going to reach an income plateau as there are only so many billable hours you can work in a day without losing your mind. You know you need to raise your rates as time goes on, but you’re also worried you might lose some of your clients if you do. Here’s how to up your prices like a professional business owner along with a customisable email template.
People often ask about Associate work in my VA Handbookers Facebook group, and although I’ve outsourced the occasional task, I didn’t feel experienced enough to write my own blog post on it. Because it’s a good way to take on more work both when starting out and as you become more successful, I asked the group to post up their questions on the subject and then I asked some volunteers to answer them. Here are the results:
If you’re a new Virtual Assistant or thinking of becoming one, I’m sure you’re worried about how you will get new clients. So to help you get an idea of who could be that elusive and exciting first client, I asked members of my VA Handbookers Facebook group a load of questions about their first one including how they got them and what tasks they needed help with. This is what they said:
Although you may really want to set up your own Virtual Assistant business, I’m sure you’ll agree that stepping into the unknown can be really scary. Because I think that being a freelancer is marvellous and will change your life in so many fantastic ways, I asked members of my VA Handbookers Facebook group what the best thing about being a Virtual Assistant was. This is what they said:
There is often much discussion over on the VA Handbookers Facebook group as to whether it’s worth having a blog on your website or not. On one hand people hear that it’s good for search engine optimisation (SEO), but on the other hand they don’t want to write one if they don’t really need it – plus they’re not really too sure what to write about even if they do decide to start one.
If you want to have a satisfying and fulfilling freelance career it’s really important to have clients that you enjoy working with – because there’s no point in leaving a (horribly unfulfilling, tedious but secure) full-time job to still be miserable at work! A great client is a rare and wonderful thing but not as hard to find as you might think. Let me show you how: