Last Updated on July 7, 2020 by Camilla Gill
Do you want to become a virtual assistant even if you have no experience? Are you needing
I started freelancing over two and a half years ago and within a year, I was earning over $2500 month. Within three years, my rate had gone up to $35/hour, making over $4000 a month all online.
Working online changed my life, I get to design my days and I’m in control of my income. And it can change yours too.
Anyone can learn how to become a virtual assistant with no experience.
The key to becoming a good virtual assistant is always being reliable and consistent. Clients want to be able to depend on you. They don’t want to worry that you’re going to quit halfway through a project. Once you nail this key point, you can definitely become a virtual assistant.
If you are trying to find a way to make money online then this is THE 2020 GUIDE to get you started as a virtual assistant.
2020 Guide On How To Be A Virtual Assistant
So what do you need to become a virtual assistant? There are five simple steps to becoming a freelance virtual assistant and here there are!
1 Decide who do you want to be a virtual assistant for?
2 Develop your virtual assistant skills.
3 Create a business website and get on Upwork.
4 Marketing, marketing, marketing!
5 Build your experience and testimonials.
1 Who Do You Want To Be A Virtual Assistant For?
This guide is for people to become virtual assistants with no experience. The first step in your new career is to decide on a niche. Who do you want to be a virtual assistant for?
It’s a good idea to find a style of client you want to work for as this will make it a lot easier to find consistent clients. You could be a virtual assistant for lifestyle coaches. Or could you be a virtual assistant for freelancers. Or perhaps a PA for a company?
Have a think, what are you good at naturally? What kind of skills can you bring from your current job?
Perhaps you’re amazing at customer service, then you could be a customer service assistant. This would involved answering emails and responding to questions.
If you are skilled in social media then then offer your services as a social media personal assistant – creating content, scheduling posts and interacting on the networks.
2 Develop Your Virtual Assistant Skills
Once you have decided on what kind of assistant you will be, it’s time to develop your skills in this area.
What skills do you need to be a virtual assistant?
The most important skills
- Strong Email Skills
- Inbox Management
- Communication Skills
- Quick Thinking And Rapid Decision Making
- Willingness To Learn
If you’ve worked in an office then chances are you probably have a lot of the skills on this list already.
But if you don’t have these skills or perhaps you want to just develop your skills further. Then there are plenty of free virtual assistant and personal assistant courses out there on the internet!
Check out these online course providers to help you develop your skills!
- Quicksprout University – This well-known online course provides MBA in Digital Marketing for free.
- HubSpot Academy – Get industry recognised certifications to add to your resume.
- Google Academy – Perhaps the most well known company in the world, it would be a good idea to take one or two of their free course to gain credibility.
- Coursera – They have lots of courses where you can learn from some of the world’s best universities for free or for a very low price.
- The VA Classroom – Providing lots of free content and useful information for budding freelancers.
2 Create Your Own Website And Get On Upwork
If you are serious about building a freelance virtual assistant business then eventually you will need to have a personal website to advertise your services.
Check out my free guide on how to start a blog.You can use the guide to create a simple but professional website where clients can contact you.
By cutting out the middleman you will receive all of the money therefore it is very important to have your own website for your business.
Think of a personal website as an online resume or CV. Don’t be shy, make sure you list any skills that involved customer service, computers or even organizing.
Have a look at this example site for a perfect example of a personal website!
Using Upwork To Find Your Virtual Assistant
When you are first learning how to become a virtual assistant it is hard to land that first client. This is where Upwork comes in useful. There are thousands of jobs listed on there and plenty of people searching for personal assistants.
I wrote a detailed guide on how I find clients on Upwork. Follow the advice that I give in this guide and you should be fine.
4 Marketing, marketing, marketing!
Being a virtual assistant is a business. And like any business, marketing is at its core. You will need to learn how to sell yourself to potential clients. What can you do for them? Focus on solving a problem in their business.
Perhaps they are insanely unorganized or they struggle with social media content. These are problems you could solve to help their business grow.
Virtual Assistant Networking
If you want to learn how to become a virtual assistant for free then you NEED TO LEARN how to network.
You can be the best virtual assistant in the world, but if no one knows you exist then you’re never going to find any work. There are lots of different ways for you to network. Here a few ideas –
Look for ones specifically for bloggers and virtual assistants, then get posting! Consistency is key. Don’t give up if you don’t get a lead after the first week, these things take time.
I often see people advertising for virtual assistants, join a few blogging Facebook groups and make sure you’re active in the group. Focus on being a valued member of the group and don’t focus on self-promotion.
Your Local Community
When my sister was first starting her online virtual assistant business she pinned homemade business cards on her local store community boards. I thought it was an old-fashioned idea but it actually led to a few leads!
LinkedIn is a great way to get yourself in front of higher paying clients. Businesses that are on LinkedIn are more likely to be brick and mortar businesses with a bigger budget. People seem to think that only entrepreneurs hire virtual assistants but this isn’t true.
In fact, I used to be a virtual assistant for a Vice-President at VICE Media.
Make sure you tell everyone and anyone about your new venture. You never know what old friend or ex-colleague might be starting a new business and needs an extra pair of virtual hands.
5 Build Your Reputation
Like any business, your reputation is paramount to your success. When you are starting to become a virtual assistanrt you will soon learn the importance of a good reputation. You need to build up a reputation as a virtual assistant, how do you do this?
Apply for lots of low paid, quick, easy jobs. My first job was $5 for crosschecking a database of 200 addresses, it was so boring and took me about 3 hours.
However, in my application for the job, I told the guy the reason I was doing it was to get my first review. The client appreciated my honesty and hired me straight away.
I did the job and he immediately rewarded me with my first 5 stars! It’s boring at first but remind yourself WHY you’re doIng it. Do you want to be able to work anywhere in the world? Then keep at it.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. And neither was your virtual assistant business. Once you have a solid reputation you will be able to raise your hourly fee. On Upwork, I now charge $35/hour (£27.00).
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