So you want to be a virtual assistant! The thought is appealing, working from home doing what you love doing. But what exactly is that? What do you love doing so much that you think that you can create a business out of it?
The term virtual assistant is an umbrella title which encompasses so much more. Today, Virtual Assistants do more than they did 10 years ago. Tech moves so quickly that it’s vital you keep up with the latest technology regardless. So where do you begin, how do you decide which direction to head in and why should you listen to me?
I built a successful business over the past 9 years. The business is our sole income and we live a debt-free lifestyle. I’m registered for GST and I pay tax every quarter. In Australia, we call it PAYG. I’ve done all the hard work, had the ups and downs but regardless of what has been going on around me I’ve JMJ – EA for a Day has gone from strength to strength each year. So I know what I’m talking about.
Here are my top must-haves to start a virtual assistant business
- Integrity, if you don’t have this, (and you’ll know) then stop reading now.
- Have a business mindset
- High-level skills in whatever it is you want to do
- Everything needs to be legal
- Plan, plan plan, do your homework
- Determine equipment you will need
- A supportive network, you’re going to need them
- Money, not lots of it but you’re going to need some funds
- Amazing self-care program
- Great business mentor
There are literally hundreds of blog posts available telling you that you can start today for free or very little money. They’re absolutely right but there is one problem. These businesses won’t be in business for the long-term. The work for multiple clients and wind up on sites like Upwork and wonder why they’re not getting any clients or making any money.
My longest client has been with me for 9 years and my shortest 4 weeks. I purposefully do not work with clients who want to hire my services for a one-off job. It’s not worth time because it’s not what I want to do. I’m about creating a business that you can count on to change your lifestyle, not one that will be over in 6 months.