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The idea of starting a work-from-home business can be a little overwhelming. As a stay-at-home mom, you already have a full plate. Yet, like so many of us, you probably still want, or need, to contribute financially. Or maybe you simply want to have a career you enjoy that allows you to meet the needs of your busy family life.
If that sounds about right, have you considered building an online career as a virtual assistant?
Before you wonder if that’s really a thing, yes! Virtual assistants (also known as VAs) are in demand! This article explains why “a virtual assistant is the fastest ticket to growth” for an entrepreneur.
Becoming a virtual assistant is one of the simplest ways for moms to start their own business for so many reasons.
Here are the top five:
Most moms really need a flexible schedule and a VA business offers that flexibility.
- How many clients you want to take on
- How many hours you want to work per week
- What services you offer
- What to charge for your services
The beauty of building your own virtual assistant business is that you get to choose when, how, and where to work, whether it’s during naptime on your laptop or from your smartphone while waiting for your child’s soccer practice to end.
Wondering what VA task you could do from a smartphone? Moderating a client’s Facebook group is one example.
If you don’t know anything about social media or just hate being on it, then cross social media management off your list of services. If you’re great at handling customer complaints and comments, then add customer service to your list of offerings. You can start out only offering one simple service if you want.
Your business = you decide!
#2 Low start-up cost
This one is short and sweet. If you already have a computer and high speed internet access, you’re pretty much set, at least for starting up. Training is helpful, but it isn’t a requirement. And even when you add in training, such as 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success, it’s still a drop in the bucket compared to the start-up costs of most businesses.
Beyond having a computer and internet access, the most important thing you will need is the confidence to seek out clients and to trust in your skills. That doesn’t require any money.
#3 Start out with skills you already have
This one may surprise you. You can start out with skills you already have. For real. If you’re thinking you don’t have the skills it takes to be someone’s go-to virtual assistant yet, think again!
There are so many services you can offer. This article oulines 101 different tasks entrepreneurs can outsource to a virutal assistant. They range from entry-level to advanced.
The following list includes a ton of options that are great for moms just starting out. Take a look and see which services you could offer right away:
- Email management
- Personal “errands” (So much can be done virtually! Even ordering groceries.)
- Customer service
- Calendar management/Scheduling
- Event planning (Booking the venue, sending invitations, scheduling catering)
- Travel arrangement (Booking the hotel, ordering plane tickets)
- Transcription of video and audio files
- Preparing Powerpoint presentations
- Data entry
- Online research
- Moderating blog comments
- Facebook group moderation
- Creating images
- Curating content for social media
- Writing blog posts
Are you surprised at how many on the list you can already offer? Think about which one or two services you might like to start out with.
#4 Opportunity to scale your business quickly
As you get established and start bringing in money, you can reinvest in training, develop high-level skills, and really increase your hourly rate in a short period of time. It’s not like at a job where you hope for a few cents per hour raise once or twice a year.
You learn a new skill, get good at it, find a client who needs what you offer, and before you know it, you’re increasing your hourly rate by leaps and bounds. This article gives an idea of what kinds of rates you can charge for different VA services in addition to some strategies for finding clients.
#5 You don’t need a ton of clients to have a successful VA business
When you have good communication with a client and you deliver the work, you begin to build trust with your client. You’re also freeing up their time so they can grow their business. As their business grows and trust builds from working together, what often happens is that the amount of work they have for you expands.
In an interview about making an income as a virtual assistant, Gina Horkey, creator of 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success, shared that she could provide for her family with her three VA clients alone. Only three!
One last thought:
This may not apply to you, but just in case, it’s worth a mention. If you’ve been out the workforce for a while, it’s easy to forget what you’re capable of. Even if you don’t realize it, it’s something we often do as stay-at-home moms. I know I did.
Sometimes we need to take a step back and evaluate our abilities. Think about how much you manage and how much you accomplish in a given day. You manage all the things. At the same time. Why couldn’t you be someone’s go-to VA?
The key is being willing to put yourself out there, offer your services, and trust that you have what it takes to deliver. Then continue to grow!
For more information on becoming a virtual assistant, be sure to read the interview with Gina, and also this review of 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success.
I’m curious – which of the VA services listed do you feel you could offer today? Were there more than you realized? Please share your comments and questions below.