5 Reasons Becoming a VA Could Be a Perfect Career for Stay-at-Home Moms

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Work from home as a virtual assistant

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:

#1 Flexibility

Most moms really need a flexible schedule and a VA business offers that flexibility.

You choose:

  • 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

Low start-up costs

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
  • Proofreading
  • 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

Learn new skills and grow your income

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.

This is the age of the virtual assistant! More and more stay at home moms are catching on that they can make a lucrative career from virtual assisting. Here are five reasons that VA work might be right for you too! #virutalassistant #sidehustleideas #makingmoneyonline #workfromhom#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 thingsAt 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.

30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success is now part of the #FullyBookedVA program (where you can become a VA ninja that everyone wants to hire).
Part of the program includes giving you hot leads looking for VAs with your skills (that they also teach you how to do).

Check out their $19 mini-courseJump Start Your Virtual Assistant Business to see if it's a good fit for you.

If you're ready to go all-in and become the ultimate go-to dream VA, Freelance University has an entire section dedicated to it (email management, calendar management, customer service, managing virtual teams, online business management, effective systems…just to name a few).
Sign up for their workshop on the MOST in-demand skills (and which business owners need them the most).

I'm curious – which of the VA services listed do you feel you could offer today? Were there more than you realized? Share your comments and questions below.

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2 thoughts on “5 Reasons Becoming a VA Could Be a Perfect Career for Stay-at-Home Moms”

  1. Hi Stephanie, really enjoyed your article, you bring up here some really good points, I especially like the fact that starting up a VA business does not require much at all as far as money is concerned.
    And reinvesting your earnings in some training is a great idea.
    I heard that at first one should reinvest 50% of their income, and then as time goes along reduce it to 10%.
    Would you say that is a good idea for VA’s?
    Cheers – Orion

    1. Stefanie Williams

      Thanks Orion! I think it would be a great idea for VAs to reinvest that way. The more you invest in your skills, the more earning potential you have as a VA, and of course, as you earn more, the percentage you need to reinvest of your income goes down. I am currently trying to keep it at 25% going back into training and other expenses.

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