Being a Virtual Assistant is awesome. I have an incredible lifestyle and have worked from countries all around the world. But the life of a freelancer isn’t all unicorns and fairies and it’s definitely not a way of making ‘easy money’. So, let me tell you what is actually involved in setting up and running a Virtual Assistant business so you can decide if it’s for you.
This is a Virtual Assistant case study and interview with Michelle Dowsett from Discovery PA Solutions. Specialising in providing a bespoke personal service, Michelle lives with her family in Kent in the UK and set up her VA business in August 2018 so she could ditch her long commute and spend more time with her children.
As I write this post in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic, I feel lucky that the VA industry is so robust. Virtual Assistants have numerous transferable skills; we can work with any type of business, in any location, in any timezone and in any currency. Virtual Assistance is a highly agile business model that withstands turbulent times.
Having a niche comes with numerous benefits not least because it’s far better to be the irreplaceable Virtual Assistant whose clients would pay anything rather than lose, than the average do-it-all VA who can be easily interchanged with another one. I know for a fact that you have an area of expertise in your repertoire, so let me help you work out what it is.
I’m sorry to tell you this, but some unpleasant and unexpected events are likely to take place during your freelance career. To help you anticipate what these events could be and to prevent them from impacting your business, I’ve created a disaster recovery exercise so you can implement steps and future-proof your business against every eventuality.
Whenever the world experiences a period of economic and political uncertainty, people who work for themselves aren’t as worried about their options. In fact, historically, freelancers usually do quite well during these periods because they are more in control of the situation and can use their flexible business model to create opportunities for themselves.
I actually had a pretty rubbish website when I first started out. I was totally clueless about SEO, my old developer had created the site in Dreamweaver which I think went out with the dinosaurs, I had no niche, I didn’t know what I was doing and nobody knew where to find me. So how did I get traffic to my website so people could see how amazing I was and hire me?
This is a Virtual Assistant case study and interview with Amy Richards who trades under her own name of Amy Richards VA. With a background in the teaching profession, Amy now specialises in providing techie services to coaches and solopreneurs. She has been working as a VA since February 2015 and lives with her wife in Cardiff, Wales.
Every VA needs to find clients, but unless you come from a marketing background, you’ve probably never promoted yourself before. In fact, the thought may fill you with complete horror! Well, I’m sorry to tell you that you may not like putting yourself out there, but people can only hire you if they know you exist! Worry not though, I’ve got you covered.
One of the most popular questions asked by members of my VA Handbookers Facebook group is which laptop they should buy. Because I thought it would be easier to have a source to point people to when they asked this question, below is a comprehensive list of all the things you should consider when choosing a laptop for your VA business.
Members of my Facebook group often ask whether they need insurance and which type to get. Because the options can be hard to understand, here is a summary of the various different policy types so you can make an informed decision for yourself. Many sole traders I know don’t have any insurance, but are they making a mistake?