So, you want to start your own Virtual Assistance business?
Where do you begin?
First and foremost, please be sure that you are really
serious about starting this kind of business. It takes a
lot of time and effort to get a business like this off the
ground. You will find times when you are feeling discouraged
and wondering what the heck you have gotten yourself into,
but these fears are quickly alleviated when you get a request
for a quotation or, better yet, you get a new client.
When you first start your business, you will spend a lot
of time researching both the demographics in your area as
well as the viability of running this type of business.
There are many sites on the web that can help you out; here
are some of the best resources.
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Association of Virtual Office Assistants (IAVOA) - The
purpose of IAVOA is to promote the use of Virtual Assistants
worldwide. This site is a must for any VA, whether new to
the industry or a veteran.
Assistant Networking (VAN) - The global meeting place
for aspiring and successful Virtual Assistants. Over 2300+
members contribute to make this resource centre which includes
a networking forum a wealth of information for running a
home-based virtual assistant business.
Assistant Connection CVAC - A great place for Canadian
VAs to meet and share ideas.
Australian Virtual Business Network Australia's only
source of pre-qualified, skills tested and reference checked
VAs and virtual business operators.
- An independent evaluation authority for the Virtual Assistant
Assistance U - A Virtual learning campus dedicated to
establishing "leading edge" virtual assistant
practices through dynamic curriculum, small classes and
diversified participant experience levels. Virtual classroom
settings, linking real people around the world.
Office Support - A worldwide listing of Virtual Office
ABSSI.ORG - "The
Best Industry Resources Under One Virtual Roof". ABSSI
(American Business Support Services Information) is a free
VA/business-support industry portal.
Clayton's Secretary - Established in 1996 and based
in Australia, this organization is a great resource for
clients seeking VA support and also provides ongoing peer
support for its members, worldwide.
Virtual Business Group - A group of Virtual Businesses,
who have combined all their talents to bring you the best
in Virtual Business Help and Support.
- Helping Virtual Assistants do their job!
Virtual Assistants Association
- Administrative Resource Network
Assistants - a very extensive article by Stacy Brice
- The premiere travel agency for Virtual Assistants. Travel
services FOR Virtual Assistants BY Virtual Assistants.
VAS System - Virtual Assistant Startup System - The
Complete Business System To Help You Start Your Own Profitable
Home-based Virtual Assistant Business, Easily and Quickly
... 100% Guaranteed
E-books - This page lists several ebooks that are free
to download and, it also lists numerous other sites that
offer ebooks as well.
The above links should definitely help you get started
in the VA business. Each of these sites are loaded with
links, tips and resources that you will find highly beneficial.
Don't forget to bookmark them (and this page :-) for future
Now, we still have some helpful hints that we would like
to pass on to you. So....here we go:
Do a search of virtual assistants and word processors
in the major search engines. Each one is original in
their own right and can provide you with a different
view of how to make this kind of business successful.
Be sure you have decided on an appropriate company
name. Then put together a business card and brochure.
Janice Byer recently wrote an article on marketing strategies
Are What You Communicate" which outlines the
steps you should follow when trying to convey your message
on paper or on the web. Actually, why not read all of
articles while you are there. They are based on
"been there, done that" experience of a small
Network, network, network! Every opportunity you get,
give your literature to someone. Even if they may never
need your services, they may know someone who does,
or someone who knows someone who does. Attend your local
Join business associations in your area. Many of our
members belong to their local Chamber of Commerce or
Board of Trade. They work together to improve the business
and residential sectors of our community. Joining your
Chamber or Board will give you an abundance of opportunities
to network and stay in touch with your target market.
Sign up for online newsletters, they can be a wealth
of information. There are so many out there these days
that are loaded with great ideas and tips.
Pick up business magazines whenever you get a chance.
These, too, are loaded with helpful information.
Check out the VA Talk Show
Take a small business course, continually upgrade your
skills, etc., etc., and buy the books listed below.
Although written by those in the US, they will help
guide you through other steps that you can take.
We hope this helps you get started and guides you to
success. Remember that this is a long and rewarding
road that you are taking. Live, learn and enjoy!
CVAC members are eligible to apply for the Certified
Canadian Virtual Assistant accreditation.