Another popular question from new VAs is what services they should offer their clients. Obviously this will depend on lots of things such as demand, your niche, your skill set, your interests, your work history and your location, but here’s 30 services you can consider providing to start you off.
Services you could offer
- Creating/updating/maintaining databases & CRMs
- Collating business cards into an Excel sheet for uploading to CRMs or address books
- Data entry
- Basic bookkeeping (Click here to check UK Govt money laundering regulations)
- Data mining / online research
- Typing up notes
- Minute taking (This pays incredibly well and I have a course if you’re interested!)
- Video creation/editing/uploading
- Social media set up/training/maintenance/scheduling
- Facebook, Twitter or Google ads – creating, monitoring & analysing
- Setting up/managing webinars & podcasts
- Forum commenting/monitoring
- Setting up LinkedIn groups (Click here if you need LinkedIn training)
- Photoshop work
- Marketing – creating sales pages/squeeze pages/pop up email boxes
- Creating/editing/formatting templates & guides
- Event coordination – venue finding & confirmation/collating attendees & documents/on-site support
- Chasing outstanding invoices
- Diary/calendar management – scheduling meetings, syncing with devices, adding upcoming events
- Email management – detox/labels/filters/folders
- Writing/editing/formatting reports & presentations
- Researching/making travel & accommodation arrangements
- Lifestyle management – personal duties inc buying gifts, dry cleaning, booking restaurants & events, house moving, researching cheaper utility companies, paying bills etc
- Blog set up/writing/SEO/editing/scheduling
- Website set up/writing/SEO/editing/scheduling (Click here to learn WordPress)
- Newsletter set up/writing/autoresponders/editing/maintenance/scheduling
- eBook editing/formatting/publishing
- Gmail set up & training
- Designing/formatting infographics, logos, banners, social media profile images
Call answering services. They’re a right pain in the arse and you’ll never get a minute to yourself. Suggest the client uses a call-answering service instead. You can always get the summary emails sent to you by the company so you can call them all back in one go.
- Think about your niche and what tasks people in it might need doing
- Keep learning so you’re constantly honing your existing skills and adding new ones
- Consider charging a retainer for ‘bitty’ tasks
- Only offer services that you actually know how to do
- Only offer services that you actually like doing
- Don’t take on anything that doesn’t fit in with other clients, existing tasks or your main business objective such as being completely virtual or being able to work around family commitments etc
- Basically don’t take on anything that doesn’t tie in with why you decided to become a VA in the first place – it may be money coming in now but it’ll definitely become a problem you’ll need to fix later
- Watch out for people trying to save money on a large job when they should hire a professional Copywriter, Web Developer, Graphic Designer etc instead
- Click here to get this article as a printable PDF to work through in your own time.
- Read my blog post on How to Decide What Services to Offer for things you should take into consideration.
- Read my own personal VA website page on the tasks I’ve undertaken for past and present clients.
- Go through the VA Interviews on my site and see what services they offer and to what niche.
- Learn how to build a WordPress website in an afternoon and then offer it as a service.