Because I recommend you set up your VA business alongside your regular job, one of the questions I get asked a lot 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.
People seem to think everything has to be perfect before they jump in and set up their VA business and, although I appreciate you need to bring home the bacon and feed your family, if you wait until everything’s ‘perfect’ then you’ll never become a Virtual Assistant.
If you’ve read my growing number of case study interviews, you’ll see that some VAs just leapt into the abyss and others grew their businesses slowly – so there’s no set path or way of doing this.
I was lucky that I had few outgoings and no family to support so only had to worry about myself, but I also knew that even if I had to pick up a part-time job for a while, there were enough people in the world that could hire me and I just had to persevere to find them.
I believed then as I still believe now that finding clients is completely down to me.
Here are some things to consider
- How much money do you need to survive each month?
- Have you got three months of that amount saved?
- Is there a market for your services?
- Do you know where to find and how to tap this market?
- How confident are you in your abilities?
- Do you already have some clients?
- Have you gotten testimonials from them for your website and LinkedIn profile?
- How gutted would you feel if you didn’t become a VA?
Don’t wait forever
Don’t over-think it, just focus on finding clients.
I know it’s scary but I can tell you from experience that having no safety net and just jumping gives you an unparalleled level of focus and commitment!
Having to sink or swim isn’t ideal but it bloody well works! As long as you can pay your monthly outgoings whilst you focus (really, really hard) on getting more clients then you might as well just go for it.
You don’t really need much to set up a Virtual Assistant business anyway (Click here to sign up to my free guide on what tools you need to get started) and I bet the amount of money you think you need to have put by is way higher than the amount you actually need.
Wait until you reach tipping point
Once you’ve found a few clients and start fitting their tasks around your full-time job, there’ll definitely come a point where you can’t physically sustain working a full time and a part time job together. That’s when you’ll need to make the decision to take a leap of (well researched) faith.
Wait until you can feel that point coming then dedicate as much time as you can to getting more clients.
I even have a guide that shows you how to get clients. The method I use is so successful it’s actually now the ONLY thing I do when I want a new client.
Getting clients isn’t actually as hard as you think it is.
Fortune favours the brave
Only you know the right time to leave your job, but remember that time passes quickly and you don’t want to suddenly look up and find you’re 80 and didn’t realise your dreams. On one hand freelancing might not be the right thing for you, but you should remind yourself that nothing worth having comes easily or everyone would be doing it!
I’ve personally always believed the saying “leap and the net will appear ” because it’s happened every single time I’ve leapt. I’m not going to be so arrogant as to try to talk you into doing something you feel isn’t right for you or that you consider reckless, but research thoroughly, know how much you need to live on, decide how much you want this, find your courage then just do it.
Resources and action
* Some VAs just throw themselves in and others start gradually. Gain some inspiration and advice by reading some interviews with established VAs to see how they got started and what services they offer.
* Get my free hourly rate calculator on the Downloads and Training page to look at your outgoings and see how much you need to earn each month.
* There’s a great article called ‘When is The Right Time to Trade in Your “Steady” Job For Full-Time Freelancing?’ over on Freelance to Freedom which focuses on confidence, clients and cash.