Virtual Assistant Series Part #1 - How I became a VA
Through this Virtual Assistant Series, I plan on covering a bunch of topics related to this field. From how to start your own VA business to utilizing VA services for your existing business (I’m talking to you photographers, designers, and all around awesome creatives). I am going to share my journey to this point, resources that have helped me, strategies to get started and so much more.
At any point when you review this content, and you have questions - make sure to hit up my contact page to get in touch with me.
Now I have to give a little disclaimer before we get too far into this. Virtual assistants can serve a vast range of businesses and a bunch of different types of people. My business, in particular, is geared towards the creative industry such as photographers and designers. Most of my clients are solopreneurs or really small teams. These are my ideal clients. Something that you will have to determine for yourself is your ideal client. You have to find that right fit for you. You may love the healthcare industry and have a knack for writing a blog post for a company in the field. Me? Not so much. This series will include a lot of information about my ideal audience, but I will make sure to give you some tools on how to find your niche.
To give you a little bit of background about my business, you can read more in this blog post, but I will provide you with the highlights below.
Graduated from college with a degree in public relations
Started a “career” in PR 3 days after I graduated (aka no summer break)
Created a blog to fill a creative void + started small freelance work here and there
Worked at the PR agency for a year (hated it the whole time), got engaged, put in my notice
Moved back in with my parents, Keeping the Creativity turned from a blog into a business
Time evolved my biz into what it is now!
Basically, my business turned from a freelance gig here and there to consistent client packages that helped supplement my income and now I make three times what I made at the PR job. Crazy, I know.
When I first started my freelancing and helping creatives, I saw on the internet that virtual assistant dealt with spreadsheets, data entry, and numbers. Stuff that I couldn’t stand. I didn’t want to be doing those sort of things, so I reworked the idea of a VA to fit my interests and skills. I wanted to be more of a fellow team member and help out with the tasks my clients didn’t have time to complete.
Tasks that they kept putting off or didn’t know how to manage. I thought of it as bringing the Type-A into a Type-B world. I created deadlines, timelines and more to help get their goals on track. I took care of the time-consuming stuff they couldn’t prioritize as I could. Things like content writing, simple video editing, social media content, you get the idea. It took some time to develop and turn into a profit, but it was all part of the development of my business.
Through this series, I am going to walk you through some action items with each post. Things to get you thinking and proactive!
A few things I want you to think on before we move forward:
Why do you want to start a virtual assistant business?
What can you bring to the table that is unique, but still needed?
Are you going to be able to put in the work and time?
Take some time to write down your answers. These will be helpful to refer back to in the future!
Keep an eye out for the next post soon! Hope you get something out of all of this!