The virtual world is slowly replacing and changing all the facets of the 21st workplace. The hiring process became faster, virtual “offices” replaced brick-and-mortar ones. Bosses and subordinates can work for years without physically meeting each other. It’s the era of the virtual industry! What better time to put up your virtual assistant business?
It is possible to start with zero investment. You only need the phone and internet to communicate with prospects. On the other hand, it would be a good idea for you to invest in a website to look credible and professional. It takes a sum of about $500 to $1,000 to pay a designer and only $5 to $10 a month to use a web host’s template. The tools and applications needed for online work are becoming more and more affordable.
Find the Clients
If you are overwhelmed with the amount of work needed to start as a virtual assistant, you can try joining groups and forums first, to ease your fears. Many are afraid to leave their part-time jobs and transition to a full-time virtual assistance role. It would be good to prepare by searching for clients first, of course, before making the big move.
Why It Is Worth It
Since you’re managing your time, you can work outside office hours. Yes, it’s a big sacrifice but what a sacrifice it is! It will give you many happy returns because for one, virtual work offers you many opportunities for growth. Second, you won’t get bored with what you’re doing. And third, you’ll find your niche as you learn various tasks. Things as social media marketing, web setup and development, email marketing, content or copywriting etc. The interest and satisfaction with what you’re doing will sustain you throughout the journey.
Virtual assistants can be properly described as independent contractors or entrepreneurs. This independence however, carries a considerable weight of responsibility. Working at home doesn’t mean that you’re free in a sense. Sometimes, virtual assistants work even longer than office employees! The fact that they work online mean that they’re reachable anytime, anywhere.
You can also work with multiple clients at the same time because most of them just hire virtual assistants for thirty, twenty, or even ten hours per week. There is a temptation to bite more than you can chew so make sure that you can still deliver quality work for each of them. Lastly, be clear about the expectations before working on a project. Since the setting is so different from the physical company where goals are clearly defined and expectations are set, one needs to be careful about the details and rate of the service offered.
Yes, the road to online work success is difficult but it’s one of the most fulfilling experiences one can have.