I was lucky in that I seem to have been born with loads of confidence. It never occurs to me that I won’t be able to do something – I might wonder how I’m going to do it, but I never think that I can’t. However, I know that most people aren’t freaks like me and need a bit of a push to get out of their comfort zones. So, because I know being a VA is amazing and will change your life, let me give you a really hard shove.
This is a Virtual Assistant case study and interview with Lakisha Sarbah who is the founding Executive Director of Uniquely Coordinated, LLC. Lakisha is fortunate enough to live in two different US states, spending the winter months in Atlanta, Georgia and the summer at her home in Alabama. Lakisha started her VA business in March 2009 and this is her VA story.
Testimonials are important for Virtual Assistants because people are way more likely to hire you if they can see you come recommended – so a testimonial page or a WordPress quote rotator widget as I have on my own PA site is vital if you want to show how good you are. But how do you get testimonials when you’re just starting out and haven’t done any work yet?
This is a Virtual Assistant case study on MOI! You can read a bit about me here but this is the story about how I became a VA, what I did before I went freelance, how I manage clients and what I’d do differently if I had to start again. I set up Munro PA Services at the end of 2008 and I live in sunny Brighton in an apartment full of shoes, wine and cake.
One of the questions I get asked the most is “when should I leave my job to solely focus on being a Virtual Assistant?”. Although there’s as many answers to that question as people asking it, in all honesty it boils down to one simple thing:
When you have enough clients.
You think you might want to be a Virtual Assistant but you’re not too sure what’s involved so you’re having a scout about online to find out more? Well working for yourself is extremely hard work so it really is very important to know what you’re letting yourself in for. So let me tell you what it’s like to be a freelancer and you can decide for yourself if it’s something you’re cut out for.
A while back I was talking to a woman who was thinking about becoming a Virtual Assistant. She’d contacted me for advice because she was unsure of her options and wanted to know what being a VA was like. She said: “I’m quite confused as to what to do at the moment. Full time work is a safe option but the hours are too long for me now and I’m trying to run a part-time business too. I need help to figure out the best route and direction for me.”
Although I believe every Virtual Assistant should have a niche, I know it’s not always quite that easy. Having a specialised area of expertise certainly makes you known as the ‘go-to’ person and leads to more work, but when you first start out how on earth do you decide what your VA niche should even be?
When you first start out as a Virtual Assistant, you’ll need to have a good think about what services you want to provide. If you’ve already decided on your niche then you’ll know exactly what your chosen target market needs doing but, if you’re like I was when I first started and you haven’t, here’s a few things to think about that might help you work it out.
So you’ve decided to go ahead and become a Virtual Assistant. You know who your target market is, what services you’re going to offer and you’re all ready to get going… all you need now is to decide what to call your business. Of course, this is easier said than done! So how exactly do you decide on your company name?