What You Need To Get Started As A VA
One of the great things about a VA business is that it’s easy to start. You really don’t need much to launch a successful business. That being said, there are some steps you’ll want to take before you hang up your “open for business” sign.
You’re a virtual assistant which means you’ll need equipment to help you work virtually. This means a:
• Backup storage or system – you can backup files online so an external drive isn’t necessary.
• Internet connection
• Desk and chair
• File cabinet/file system
• Transcription software and equipment, if you offer transcription
• Telephone and headset so you can talk hands free
You likely already have much of that equipment. If not, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Take a look at flea markets and resale stores for some of the furniture. If you don’t have a computer, most experts recommend buying the best you can afford. Your business will be based on your computer so a good one helps.
You’re going to want a few basics to help you market and manage your business. These include but are not limited to:
• Business Plan – this is most important! It should include your budget, goals, marketing strategy, operations, policies and procedures and so on. Create a plan so you succeed!
• Website and/or blog
• Social networking profile/pages
• Email account for business
• Telephone number for business
• Invoicing system like Freshbooks
• Time Tracking system like Time Doctor
• Bookkeeping software like Quickbooks
• Project or task management system like Asana
• Services agreement/Contractor agreement
• Personal insurance: health, dental, life etc. When you’re self-employed insurance is your responsibility.
• Bank account for business
• Organization tools: calendar, notebooks, whatever helps you get and stay organized
• Business services software. What software do you need to provide your services? For example, if you offer transcription you’ll need transcription software. If you provide graphics, you’ll need a graphics program, etc.
Again, you may have much of this already. And most of these basics don’t cost much. You can spend a lot on software so be careful. Only buy what you really need.
Okay, so your home office is set and you have a solid business plan. What else do you need to get started?
• Positive Mindset
• Administrative skills
• Marketing knowledge (Read a few good books on marketing your business, you’ll be set.)
Not bad, right? If you already have a computer you can likely start your VA business for just a few hundred dollars. Many have started with nothing at all and made a huge success of their VA skills. Create a checklist. Create a plan. Create the success you desire.
To get more tips on starting or growing your Virtual Assistant business, check out our free training videos here: Virtual Assistant Training with Tracey D’Aviero. There are over 50 free training videos, and we are adding more all the time!