Become a Virtual Assistant – The Perfect Opportunity for Work at Home Moms

officeworkerAre you sick and tired of the 9-5 grind and working outrageous hours for peanuts? Are you one of the unlucky ones who had their hours cut or lost their job completely due to new health care regulations? If so, it’s time to take your power back. It’s time to become a virtual assistant and use your vast knowledge, skills and experience to become your own boss and finally make the kind of money you deserve.

So what is a virtual assistant and why is this the perfect opportunity for work-at-home moms? A virtual assistant is a highly skilled professional who provides administrative support and other specialized services to businesses, entrepreneurs, executives, sales professionals, and others who have more work to do than time to do it. Virtual assistants partner with clients to help make their businesses and lives run smoother. It’s the perfect opportunity for work-at-home moms because it gives the much needed freedom and flexibility in the career schedule while juggling a busy family life. You work as little or as much as you want, whenever you want. How you establish your business model is completely up to you—you’re the boss!

What does it take to start your own virtual assistant business?

Assess Yourself

Becoming a business owner is quite an undertaking. It’s important to know that you have the right personality and mindset to even consider it as an option. Not everyone is cut out to be in business for herself. Selecting the right business is equally important. In choosing a virtual assistant business you want to consider your: knowledge of various software programs, personality type, time management skills, level of self-discipline, and, desire to make it work, among other things. We suggest going through our free Virtual Assistant Self Assessment to help guide you through this process. It’s a very important first step.

Research, Research, Research

Did we mention it takes research? Lucky for you there is a great deal more information available today than there was when we got started. You can find a lot of information right here on this site to help you understand what it takes to be a virtual assistant, the skills required, as well as the types of services you can offer.

Check Out the Competition

You can learn a lot about the industry by visiting the sites of other virtual assistants. Look at the services they offer and their pricing structure, if they even post their prices on their site. As you visit their sites take note of the site structure and navigation as well as make notes about what you may like or not like for your own site. Check out their About page to see how they have worded their bio and begin to think about how you will write your own. Be sure to look for other virtual assistants in your area to see what they are doing. Make note of areas where you might be lacking as well as areas where you stand above the competition. This will aid in the makings of your business planning, specifically the SWOT Analysis.

IMPORTANT! While we encourage checking out other virtual assistants it is completely unethical to copy someone else’s work. Be creative and be original in how you establish your own sales copy, services, and packages—be unique in your own right and make yourself stand out from the competition.

Brainstorm Prospective Clients

Now that you’re armed with more knowledge on the different services you could offer based on your skillset, give some thought to those who could benefit from your service offering. Make a quick list of businesses and people you already know. And determine the best way to approach them about your new business once you get up and running.

Prepare Your Business Plan

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