Today, April Wilhelm, founder of Stay at Home Profit, which offers a unique educational experience for military spouses, by providing the best education and consulting in creating, managing, and scaling a virtual assistant business; and The Intentionalpreneur Agency, a digital marketing agency changing the way small businesses do business, is sharing her steps to becoming a virtual assistant to give you the freedom to work from anywhere. Enjoy!
Have you ever wanted the freedom of working from wherever you are? Then becoming a virtual assistant (VA) might be the perfect fit for you!
As a military spouse, one of the biggest challenges is maintaining a steady income while frequently moving homes, and continuously taking care of the family. This fact has caused a HUGE decrease in military spouse employment.
Well not anymore, because today I’m going to share with you the six steps to becoming a VA, that turned my little start-up into a six-figure digital marketing agency!
STEP 1: What type of VA are you?
Before you get started, it’s important to know what type of VA you are, so you can be doing exactly what it is you were made to do. There are three types of VAs:
- Think office secretary, BUT all from home! No degree is required of you and little experience is needed! Assistant type tasks would be customer service or general administrative.
- This one is for those of you with an eye for design! If you’re creative but don’t have a degree to prove it, this type of VA could be for you! This type of work includes creating flyers, graphics, logos, websites, social media content, and more!
- Financial & Planning
- Are you a numbers person? Super organized? Great at saving, tracking, data entry, and everything spreadsheets? Financial and planning is FOR you! The work you would be advised to do is bookkeeping, accounting, HR assistant, invoicing, event management and project planning!
STEP 2: Figuring out your skills and passions
There’s a couple of easy, and free, ways to figure these things out about yourself. One would be to take an online personality test! These tests are amazing at determining your strengths and weaknesses. This gives you insight at what you excel in and what you could practice a little bit more.
Another way you can figure out your skills and passions is writing out your last five jobs, then listing your favorite tasks you did at that job, and your least favorite tasks. Doing this will clearly point out what it is you like, or feel passionate about doing in the work-place.
STEP 3: Avoid burnouts
Burnouts are REAL and are so important to avoid, because the more burned out you get, the more likely it is you’ll end up loathing your job. The best way to avoid this is by setting hours that YOU want to work, that also won’t overload you. You just have to decide how much time and commitment you have, but don’t forget, the beauty of all of this is working on your own schedule. Don’t stretch yourself thin trying to work the typical 40-hours a week to make a similar full-time income. When you do these few tips you’ll find yourself actually want to push yourself a little bit more, and you may end up working way more efficiently than you did previously.
STEP 4: Create your income goal
Decide on how much extra money you want to bring in per month. Is it 500 dollars? 5 thousand dollars? When you decide on that, you can then compare that to the amount of time you have committed to. This should give you an estimated hourly rate. Use this rate to help you price your offers and services you want to provide to your clients! The more practice you get at creating offers and pricing services, the easier this will get. But do not underprice yourself, I can not stress this enough.
STEP 5: Create a resume, media kit and social media platforms
This step allows you to show your creative side and to tell your audience exactly who you are and what you do. Creating a resume, media kit and social media platforms aligning with your business or brand will help your audience find you. This step also doesn’t break the bank, because social media is an organic way to reach your target audience and gain a following. Don’t worry about creating yourself a website in the beginning!
STEP 6: Get the experience
Now go find your first client! This is the step where you start to ask people if you can be their VA! Ask local businesses, your friends, Facebook groups if they’re looking for your services! Take any opportunities you can: internships, one month trials, one time projects, etc.
I want to thank Jo for allowing me to share the steps that changed my life forever, as I hope it does for you too! Feel free to connect with me or ask me any questions on social media Instagram.com/itsaprilwilhelm! I can’t wait to see you in the work field!
Here’s a list of businesses who hire VAs!