Becoming A Virtual Assistant

Becoming a virtual assistant is a great way to start an internet business. Virtual assistants work remotely via computer and the internet to service clients all over the world. Most work from home office. They interact with their clients via email, phone, and fax.

Virtual assistants offer a wide range of services. Besides basic secretarial services, some VAs offer graphic design, Web design, translating, bulk mailing, proofreading and editing, and answering services.

Clients hire VAs to save money. I use one myself occasionally when I have a project that is going to take more of my time than I want to invest. Instead of hiring another employee, I hire a VA to assist me until the project is finished. I don't have to purchase equipment, pay benefits, or insurance. I just pay her fee for the work being done. I do the same with my graphic designer.

The steps to becoming a virtual assistant are similar to every other business.

First, determine what type of VA business you will start. What types of services will you offer? What niche will you fill? Will you work part time or full time? Who will your clients be? What will you charge for your services?

Examine your finances. What expenses will you have setting up your business? Do you have enough to cover your costs or will you need financing?

Will you need to purchase equipment? Many VAs need only a computer, high speed internet access, and a phone. Do you have these basics or will you need to purchase them? Will they do the job or will you need to upgrade your equipment? Will you need a fax? Copier? Special software? Do you have adequate work space?

How will you market your services? Where will you find your target clients? How will you reach them? What will your marketing expenses be?

What are the legal requirements to start your business? Will you need a special permit to run a home-based business? What about a business license?

Once you have answered all of these questions, you'll be well on your way to preparing your business plan.

If you have above average office skills or a special skill such as translating or graphic design, becoming a virtual assistant may be the perfect business for you.

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