So You Want to Be a VA: Deciding What Services to Offer
After hours of research and talking to people in the industry, you’ve decided that you want to start a career as a virtual assistant. Congratulations! It is a fantastic job and you’ll absolutely love it. There is nothing like the freedom of being able to be your own boss and work your schedule as you see fit. Now comes the tough part – the decisions. Virtually assisting – or VA for short – is like saying “administrative worker”. It’s a super broad term. One of the biggest questions you might be asking yourself is what services to offer. After all, you get paid to do work you dislike now. There’s no reason to take on unpleasant tasks as a VA, too. Here are some questions to ask yourself to get started.
Where does my talent lie?
Everybody has a talent, but not every talent is profitable. The best virtual assistants find a way to make their talents into a sought after service. Think long and hard about what you’re good at. Do you make fantastic graphics that everyone enjoys? Do you know how to teach people new skills through pictures? Are you an amazing photographer/cook? Do you have a knack for keeping people on schedule and knowing the best way to manage tasks? Guess what? All of those are services that you can offer as a VA, and you’ll make great money doing it! If you’re not sure what your talents are, think about what you get the most compliments on or ask someone who knows you very well.
What can I do quickly and efficiently?
You want to find work that you can do quickly. That doesn’t mean that you want to do shoddy work that you just slapped together, but you don’t want to do work that will be arduous for you. If an influx of work comes in, you don’t want to feel buried under the weight of it. Ask yourself what you can do with little to no trouble, but do really well. Can you organize an article quickly? Do you know how to edit a picture in the blink of an eye? All of these qualities will give you a better idea of the type of services to offer.
What do I enjoy?
This may be the most important point of all. Choosing what services to offer in your scope of business is largely about doing what you love. You can be talented at something and you can do it quickly and well, but none of that means anything if you don’t enjoy it. It is time for you to assess what it is that you love and enjoy doing. That means you need to make a list – electronic or otherwise – to create an inventory of what you can do and what you are willing to do.
Welcome to the wonderful world of VA work! You are going to absolutely love the flexible schedule, the ability to do whatever you need to do, and the ability to get paid to be your fantastic creative self. Start your inventory today, pick those services out, and offer them up!
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