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How To Launch Your Own Virtual Assistant VA Business

  1. Denawa says:

    Such an informative post! Really gave the ins and outs of becoming a virtual assistant. Its interesting how a flexible fee vs a flat fee would be better as experience grows, its almost like giving yourself a promotion as you improve your skills. Great post with alot of good tips and tricks.

    • Mariana Galdo says:

      This is a great post and I’m glad I read it!
      I have read before about VA and starting a career as a VA, but nothing as detailed as this post.
      And it includes every important thing to take into consideration, specially for new VAs.
      I think the common mistakes is the most helpful part.
      Thank you so much helping others like this 🙂

  2. Julie says:

    I have always been so curious about VA. It seems like a great way to make an income on your own terms. Thanks for sharing this valuable information

  3. Vidya Sury says:

    That’s a fabulous and detailed guide for anyone considering being their own boss and working flexible hours, Vicki! I once had an offer from someone looking for a VA and seriously considered it but let it go because I had too many other things I was doing that I really enjoyed. Also, some clients tend to hog more time and it becomes tricky to juggle stuff. I love that you also included tips on avoiding client problems and pitfalls when looking at taking up a VA job.

  4. Wow, you certainly didn’t skimp out on the information! It seems like there’s some really great tips here for those who are hoping to start their own VA business – which seems like an awesome career path right now! It seems like everyone on the internet uses a VA, so you’re sure to never be out of work!

  5. roxy says:

    This is a terrific and in-depth article! It really covers everything you need to know to become a VA. I have two VAs myself and can’t imagine life without them. =)

  6. Parul Thakur says:

    Omg! That is such a well researched and documented piece. I loved all the work you put in there to get the article ready. Thank you for sharing!
    About having a contact page, your first clients – everything you say there is helpful for any one who wants to get going. So glad you shared.

  7. Being a virtual assistant is the best freelance gig you can have! You can live life on your own and do what you want. The overhead is not too much… the computer…. internet and a pencil and paper. I agree with this entire passage and wish more people had the guts to begin a business on their terms!

  8. This was a very informative post on becoming a virtual assistant. It seems like an ideal position for someone who is organized and enjoys working remotely as long as you can meet the demands of your client. I have definitely been a victim of scope creep in my line of work as well and you’re right that most people don’t even know they are doing it.

  9. This is all such great information for those wanting to become virtual assistants. A VA can be such a great addition to a bloggers team.

  10. Mar says:

    Such great tips, I’ve always wanted to start my own business

  11. Kristin says:

    I haven’t gotten around to making an about me page yet, but after reading this I am going to get on it!

  12. Kayleigh says:

    Great summary! My background is in Public Relations and a number of my colleagues have gone into the virtual assisting business. I spent a few years as a contract writer (mostly non profits) and I definitely ran into the issue of the hourly rate over time causing me to make less income.

  13. Smita says:

    Such a comprehensive and informative post! I’ve only just realised since I started blogging recently how essential VAs can be for success. I’m gonna send across this post to my acquaintances who are interested in this business.

  14. What a comprehensive and complete article about starting your own virtual assistant business. I love what you said about setting up your portfolio page, since so many people find it a challenge getting customers for the first time and don’t know what to put in their portfolio when they start out. So many of us have helped friends or family with something that we can add to our portfolio!
    You’ve really covered the pitfalls here in a great way – I have to say that scope creep is something that I have often encountered in my business (not that I’m a VA) and it can be problematic if not dealt with immediately and correctly. And revisions can also be so problematic – in fact for some of the work that I do I don’t offer any revisions at all!

  15. Kelly Martin says:

    This is such a great guide for anyone looking to become a virtual assistant. There’s definitely more to it than I thought.

  16. Norma says:

    Awesome guide! I really liked reading about the pitfalls such as too many revisions or not charging for the extra work.

  17. Quin Cl says:

    Awesome! This is really a comprehensive blog post about starting with virtual assistant business. It’s very informative and helpful to those who are thinking of this business. I even thought about it before but didn’t know how to start, so when I think about it again, I’ll go back to this list. 🙂

  18. Great guide! you were so detailed! I had no idea of lots of content you wrote! congratulations! VA job seemed really fascinating! and even when we could encounter problems you showed how to deal with them! loved your post!

  19. Alexandra says:

    This had a lot of good information. And it never occurred to me to ask for a deposit! That’s so needed!!! Also, it never occurred to me to charge if they don’t send all the info like logo and pictures. I guess that’s because they still want you to meet the deadline. Thanks!

  20. I’ve often wondered if becoming a virtual assistant would be a viable option for me, and you’ve answered a ton of my questions in this blog post.

  21. Lyosha says:

    sounds pretty useful. I do see a lot of people started working as VAs and it is successful!

  22. Tina Barnes says:

    Great article on how to start a freelancer business too!

  23. Thuy says:

    I’m embarrassed to say that before reading this I wasn’t fully sure what a VA was. Thanks for breaking it down in such a comprehensive guide and how-to

  24. Melanie williams says:

    What an amazing guide, a great step by step and lots of useful information here. I am sure many people will find this useful x

  25. Luna S says:

    Great list of tips and info! I’ve never thought about doing this before, but if I do I will keep all of this in mind.

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