The main qualifications to be a virtual assistant, first, you need to Identify your skills, make a list of resources to learn skills, choose your services, set your time and price, create your personal brand, and set up the backend of your business, Keep your business official, Getting clients for your service, and Set up contracts for your clients.
So, let’s see all about the virtual assistant business and qualifications in detail if you’re thinking to starts a virtual assistant business.
What really means a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant is anyone that works remotely for another independent business owner and provides tasks for them online. I like to think of virtual assistants as an umbrella term.
What does that mean under the umbrella of virtual assistants could be? So many services, and there could even be specialists under that umbrella.
Maybe someone is a Pinterest manager or Facebook Ads manager, or maybe they just focus on copywriting.
There are even virtual assistants that choose a specific niche like the wedding industry or the construction industry, so whether you have a range of services or just one specific service as a virtual assistant,
If you’re working remotely and providing a service to another business owner, in my opinion, that can fall under that virtual assistant umbrella.
When you start your own virtual assistant business, you are starting a business. You are a business owner, and you are also an independent contractor.
That means that you get to choose your hours you get to choose when and where you work.
When somebody hires you, you set your rate you say, these are the services I offer, and these are the rates. I also recommend that you have the contract.
Can you start a virtual assistant business with no experience?
Are you thinking to start a virtual assistant business, or you’ve just heard about this whole virtual assistant world, and you feel like you’re behind? Everyone else knows so much more than you do.
Guess what? All of those people were once where you are right now. No one is born knowing what a virtual assistant is. Everyone starts with no experience.
If you’re new to this business, first you have to accept that you don’t know everything. You’re going to have to learn a few new things. But that’s okay.
Because as we’ve just established, you’ve been learning how to do new things for your entire life.
The trick is not to focus on what you don’t know or to compare yourself to people who are ahead of you,
Instead, start with the fact that you’re currently using a device that is connected to the internet, reading a blog post. You found your way here, that counts.
If you’re a mom, and you’d better believe that you have calendar management experience.
How else would your kids get to the scouts, sports, school, and saxophone lessons on time every day? Who keeps track of all the kid’s birthdays, and their yearly well-child checkups? And online research, mama, please,
You know the moment you subscribe and save price drops on Amazon, which grocery store has avocados on special, and when to book your family’s vacation to avoid long lines, and lock in great prices. You can do this.
Furthermore, you have way more experience than you’re giving yourself credit for.
Virtual assistant jobs for beginners
So what are some of the most common tasks that a virtual assistant can do?
If you’re just starting as a virtual assistant, and you feel like I don’t have anything to offer, trust me, you do some very first tasks as a virtual assistant.
Were simple things like:
- Data Entry,
- Calendar Management,
- Email Management,
- Content Creation
- Cold Calling
- Answering Customer Service Emails, and more. You can also just start with what you already know.
Virtual assistant jobs for pros
If you already have a competitive skill like:
- If you can do Website Design
- If you know Facebook Ads
- If you can do Graphics
- If you can do Editing
- If you can do Business Planning
- If you can do Project Management
- If you can do Tech Support
- If you can do Quality Control
- If you can do Shopify Support and more… that even gives you a bigger heads up in this whole game.
Qualifications to be a virtual assistant
You may be thinking now, how do I get started? there are some qualifications that you need to do if you are ready to get started as a virtual assistant.
1. Identify your skills
Make sure that you identify any skills that you already possess that you can do online.
If you didn’t know your skill, or you don’t have the skills to work online, you know just don’t tell yourself that you don’t have any skills that you can take online the key is believing. And forget this and go to the second qualification.
2. Make a list of resources to learn skills
Identify resources that you can use to learn any additional skills that you want to learn.
Those are the keyword things that you want to learn how to do because you don’t want to put yourself into a situation where you wake up dreading working as a virtual assistant.
So maybe you find some books on the industry you want to work in or the topic, maybe you find YouTube channels or videos that will show you how to do things online like:
Editing Photos, Editing Videos, Creating and Managing Social Media Content although be careful with that’s a higher-paid skill.
You know you might also want to take notes about some Facebook groups you could join to learn some of these things and learn just about being a virtual assistant in general.
You have to keep all of these resources in one place and spend only just a few hours gathering these resources, don’t overdo it.
So many people stay in that I’m just going to learn mode and never get to where they put it into practice, so do not get stuck on this.
It’s so important that you keep moving forward, and you don’t stay there for weeks, months, and years before you know. You start making money, seriously do not overthink this.
3. Choose your services
Make sure that you identify any skills that you already possess that you can do online. And also, make sure that you choose something that is going to tailor to you and what you love doing.
I think that’s so important I don’t want you to create a job that you hate, and if it does ends up being something that you don’t enjoy doing being.
A virtual assistant gives you a lot of opportunities to grow and make a successful business with higher skills.
“Because” you’re going to be learning so much depending on the different people that you work with.
4. Set your time and price
You need to set your price, you can choose hourly rates, or you can do packages, but either way, it’s good to know what your hourly rate is, even if it’s going to be in a package.
You need to open a business bank account and set up payment methods, so you can get paid very important for invoicing.
You know you can use PayPal for business, which allows you to create and send professional invoices, and the fee is pretty small.
Later you need to know how much time something’s going to take you, and how much you should charge for that package.
So if you are just starting, you still need to decide what your great time value is, I recommend twenty to forty dollars per hour, depending on your service.
5. Create your personal brand
You can easily get started with making your brand. You can go into a platform called Canva and make a very quick logo.
So we’re going to set up our visual brand. So that way, you bring on a professional appearance, especially the clients that you might not know.
Make sure that, when you do this you understand the types of business owners that you would like to work with you.
Also want to come up with a name for your business, I recommend just using your name you might tack on it like a virtual assistant for real estate or realtors. You know, just something really simple infuses your personality into that brand.
And the way that you come across in your images your photos is just anything but keep in mind that you want to appeal to the clients you want to attract it’s not just you, it’s not just about you need to make sure that you look into treating this as a business.
6. Set up the backend of your business
You need to set up the backend of your business now. There are a lot of steps when it comes to legalities getting your Employer Identification Number (EIN) and things like that.
7. Keep your business official
Make sure that you keep your business official. Make it official you need to have contracts, you need to be set up with your government, and you need to have a bank account.
“Because” we want to make sure that we can get paid and keep everything organized and separate.
8. Getting clients for your service
Finding your first clients, so here comes the fun part. You’re helping this business owner to get their time back.
You’re able to help them with everyday tasks that need to be done to help their business run successfully. There are a few ways to go about this, and the options are limitless.
First of all, I would say that you could create a profile on platforms or websites like:
I know a lot of virtual assistants have used those sites to get started.
Other ways to get clients for your virtual assistant business
You could also find Facebook groups and join those where you know the people that you want to work with are hanging out online entrepreneurship groups, or just related groups there you never know either who you might be able to connect with once you join a Facebook group.
So once you get in there, start contributing content, give tips, engage in people’s posts, and comment with some advice.
You might get some people that reach out to you without you having to ask. You might be able to also go ahead, and if the group owner allows you to post, post about what services you’re offering.
The other thing you can also do to bring in clients is to do content marketing.
So if you have an Instagram account, or you have something like a blog, you can start to create content about keeping your business organized or whatever it is the skills that you’re going to be offering.
But you know, be consistent. However, you choose to show up, and you choose to find the clients, be consistent.
9. Set up contracts for your clients
You do need to make sure that you have a contract in place with every client, even if they are just the friendliest of sweet souls.
You need to have a contract in place once you’ve procured your contract. For example, If you’re using a website like Dubsado you can set it up, or you can simply email it to your clients for them to sign it before they start working with you.
Are you asking yourself where to get started with your virtual assistant business? If you’re, I recommend two websites for beginners, and those are Fiverr and Upwork.
And also, If you are ready to invest in yourself, you can join Fiverr Profits Academy to beat your competitors and win more clients then be successful on Fiverr very fast.
So that was all about qualifications, what you need to be a virtual assistant, and I hope you got helpful information for your future virtual assistant business career.
Thank you for your reading and good luck with your business.