If you have decided to start up a virtual assistant business then that is a great idea, however, it is not as easy as one, two and three, and despite all the stuff that you may get to read, there is a lot of hard work and investment of time and energy required in order to be truly successful at this business.
This was once a very rare business opportunity, as the job requires a lot of skill and even some types of qualifications, however, with so many people hiring freelancers from around the world for many different kinds of tasks, the nature of this industry has changed significantly.
In this connection there are five steps that you should always take before you begin.
STEP 1- TEST YOURSELF
The first and most important step that you need to do is test yourself and assess where you stand from an ability and capability point of view.
We all want to believe that what we have is a great talent, but unfortunately those who look to hire a virtual assistant need to see more than just a well writing email to them offering your services, to be able to consider and hire you for the position.
Some of the basic tests that you should take include, management skills, English language, and time management tests.
These are available online which you can find with a simple search on Google.
A language and English communication test is a very good asset to have in the event that you belong to a country where English is to not the native language.
However, even if you are in a native English speaking country, a test score or certification in business English can prove to be a valuable asset.
STEP 2- IDENTIFYING YOUR NICHE
Based on some of the tests that you take and even if you go through some basic information of popular virtual assistant job listings, you will see the different areas, industry sub segments and niches that are the most common and in demand.
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Based on this study you should make a list of available niches and then mark off all those that apply to you.
This is also a good way of identifying what your skill set is and being able to match test scores and qualifications with each and every skill set that you are able to identify in yourself.
STEP 3- FIND TARGET AUDIENCE AND CUSTOMER POOL
Once you are done with the step of identifying your niche then it is time to move onto finding all available and valid sources through which you can get access to customers and the industry hiring market place.
The most difficult section of being able to find a reliable and long term source of customers, is finding an online marketplace that is safe and secure. Read our guide on how to find more leads.
It is very easy these days for people to hide their real identities, make fake websites and emails and scam you out of a lot of hard work and money.
When you start out in a freelance capacity it is often very difficult to be able to identify those clients who are safe to work with and those who are going to scam you at the end of the day.
In order to safe guard yourself you should always try to sign up with market places that properly verify the identity and put the safety of freelancers at the main focus of attention.
These are the best way to make sure that you do not get scammed for your hard work.
STEP 4- MAKING YOUR PROFILE YOUR SALES PITCH
Your online services and business profile is actually your one and only sales pitch and therefore, it is very, very important that this document is flawless and highlights all your abilities, your skills and also makes your unique edge clearly visible as well.
For the most part people tend to beautify their profiles with pictures and quotes more than they focus on the quality of what they are adding to it.
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Grammar, spelling, organization and proper flow are the most important aspects of a good profile. These are the elements that make the first and most lastly impression.
In addition to this, adding qualifications against all the niches you can work in, test scores and a portfolio will add more value to the profile.
STEP 5- MANAGING WORK AND QUALITY
When you begin to get work and get hired, it is often difficult to keep up.
In this case it is important to not take on more than what you can handle.
In work of this or any nature, it is more important to take on less and do a great job at it rather than take on more and not do a good job in any of it.