By Amanda Johnson
The Virtual Assistant industry is a thriving one. For anyone who has the drive and determination to run their own business, along with the needed skill set, it can be a satisfying career. If you have a background in administration or are a secretary, PA or EA and are dreaming of going self-employed - it could be just the career change you’re looking for.
However, there are a lot of people who still don’t know what a Virtual Assistant is, let alone what they do! If you’re a little intrigued about what a Virtual Assistant is, or are thinking you may want to know more about how you become one - keep reading!
What is a Virtual Assistant?
Simply put, a Virtual Assistant (or VA), is a self-employed, work from home assistant, who provides remote administrative, technical and creative support to other businesses and entrepreneurs.
A Virtual Assistant traditionally provides these businesses with the traditional skills an in-house secretary, administrative assistant, PA/EA would normally fulfill. However, some Virtual Assistants can also have more specialised skills on offer too - such as blogging, event planning, graphic design and social media management.
With a keen determination, great communication skills and a positive, can-do attitude, a Virtual Assistant can not only be an exceptional part of your team, they can also become a key player in the growth of a business.
These qualities often help to keep them busy and in demand too!
Why you may want to become a Virtual Assistant
Freedom is often the biggest draw to starting your own Virtual Assistant business. If you’re a parent, it’s the desire to spend time with your family, whilst having a business that fits around them. For others, it’s fulfilling a dream of running their own business. The freedom of choosing how you want your working life to look - and making that your reality.
For others, the decision to start out as a Virtual Assistant may be a decision they made, after facing redundancy or early retirement. I’ve also trained VAs who want a portable career - either because they want to travel or they’re a military spouse who needs to move with the frequent assignment changes of their partner.
When it comes to creating a life on your terms, working for yourself is the only way you can stay in control of making that happen. Your earnings are only limited by how many hours and/or days you want to work, as well as how many clients you want. The VA industry is a collaborative one, so there are even ways you can increase your earnings further, by growing your own team of Associate Virtual Assistants.
Getting started as a Virtual Assistant
No matter what your reasons, the startup costs of becoming a Virtual Assistant are small. You only need a computer, dedicated landline or mobile, as well as tracking and accounting programs in place, before you can get started. You can even train, build and launch your VA business before you’ve left your current position!
The decision to become a Virtual Assistant isn’t an easy one, and it’s not a career that suits everyone. However, If it’s the one you’re interested in taking, I’d recommend you get support from an experienced VA coach/mentor. Not only can they give you help and support, they’ll also encourage you to believe in yourself and your abilities.
The Virtual Assistant industry is a thriving one, one that can provide you with the freedom you crave and a career you love. If you’d like to explore how you can get started, check out the free guides and resources on our website: https://www.vact.co.uk/ or ensure you arrange to talk to Amanda at the Women in Business Expo this October.
Guest Blog from Amanda Johnson of VACT Limited. Amanda is a Virtual Assistant Coach, Trainer and Mentor and specializes in supporting both new and experienced Virtual Assistants to launch, create and grow their own successful business. An ambassador for women in business generally, she is passionate about helping military veterans to transition into civilian life and military spouses to have a portable valuable career. Having launched her own successful VA business on retirement from the Royal Navy in 2012, she went on to start VA coaching in 2014 and now runs the company voted Best VA Training in the UK for the past 3 years. Amanda is wife to Andrew, another veteran and entrepreneur, mum to James and Jacob and will be exhibiting at the Women in Business Expo. You can learn more about Amanda via her social media: