How to Become a Virtual Assistant

Becoming a Virtual Assistant was one of the best decisions I ever made. I used to work for bosses, and especially in the last years before starting my own business, I felt off. I was sick a lot, stressed, and had low energy.

At the beginning of 2017, while I was sick at home once again, I had to make a decision. I had to think about what would make me happy. And right then, a Facebook ad for becoming a Virtual Assistant appeared on my feed. Looking back now, it feels like the Universe was telling me something.

After completing the challenge, I felt in my bones that this was what I was meant to be doing.

However, I had several objections in my head:

  • As an introvert, I won't be able to get clients.
  • I have no clue how to set up a business.
  • Why would anyone hire me?
  • Where can I find clients?
  • What if it doesn't work out?
  • There are already numerous VAs out there.

But since I knew deep down that this was the right path for me, I pushed through those negative thoughts.

I hired a coach and joined her program to learn how to set up my business. I worked hard to launch my business at the end of 2017.

It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows in the beginning. I had no clients and was really struggling to find a way to get them. I took courses that didn't work for me, but after about six months, I found a post from another VA who was asking for help during her summer holiday. That was the beginning of clients finding me.

Now, I have a successful virtual assistant (VA) business. I work with amazing entrepreneurs, doing the things I love. Being a VA gives me so much freedom, as I can work when I want to work.

The Virtual Assistant industry has been growing rapidly in recent years and is going to grow even more. If you're looking for a career path that allows you to work from home and offers flexibility, becoming a Virtual Assistant might be the perfect choice for you.

So how do YOU make this possible for yourself?

Gain the Necessary Skills

Becoming a virtual assistant can be a great career choice for those who are looking for flexibility and the ability to work from home. However, before you start your journey toward becoming a successful VA, it's important to consider what type of VA you want to be.

One option is to use the skills you already have from your 9-5 job and set up your VA business to help even more clients. For example, if you are a skilled graphic designer, you can set up your VA business to offer graphic design services to clients. Similarly, if you are an expert in bookkeeping, you can offer those services to clients as a VA.

On the other hand, if you don't have any specific skills from your 9-5 job, there are still many skills that you can develop that will be useful as a VA. For example, if you enjoy writing in your free time, you can offer copywriting services to clients. If you love to post on social media about your life, you can offer social media management services to clients.

Ultimately, the key is to identify the skills and services that you enjoy doing and that you are passionate about. This will help you to build a successful VA business that you love and that provides value to your clients.

Build Your Network

I discovered the importance of having support when building my own VA business. I hired someone to help me set up my business and joined her Facebook group, which is full of other VAs. In this group, I found the post I mentioned earlier.

I also surrounded myself with a community of other amazing business owners. I can ask them for advice, we cheer each other on, and I can vent when necessary.

Therefore, it's crucial to build a network of women who want you to succeed. That's what I created with the Wolfpack Membership. It's not only a training program that provides everything you need to launch and grow your VA business, including weekly Q&As and monthly skill trainings, but also a community where you can ask all your questions, discuss your doubts, and celebrate your achievements.

Market Your Services

Once you have the necessary skills and network, it's time to start marketing your services. You need to create a professional website that showcases your skills, experience, and services. Make sure your website is easy to navigate and has a clear call-to-action. The website platform I love to use is Squarespace. Use social media platforms to promote your services and share your website. Don't forget to consider offering a free discovery call or trial to attract potential clients. I offer a free 30-minute discovery call on my website. I found out that when potential clients see and feel my energy it’s always a HELL YES for them.

Marketing your services is all about creating a strong brand, showcasing your skills, and letting potential clients feel your energy. There are many other VAs but the reason that there are enough clients for everybody is you. Is your energy, your personality, your awesomeness.

So, is this for you?

Becoming a virtual assistant can be a fulfilling and exciting career path for those who enjoy working from home and possess the necessary skills. Acquiring those skills, building your network, and marketing your services are all essential steps toward achieving success as a virtual assistant. Remember, investing in your education and skills, cultivating relationships with other professionals in the industry, and creating a strong brand are all keys to success in this field.

Join the Wolfpack Membership now.

You will find everything you need to become a highly sought-after Virtual Assistant in the Wolfpack Membership. Our all-in-one solution provides the community support, exact training, and resource library with templates you need to succeed. 

The best part is, you dont have to take the long route like I did.

If this resonates with you and you are ready to say "HELL YES I want in," then join the Wolfpack Membership now.

  • 12 May, 2023

Marit Verlaat

Empowering introverted female entrepreneurs to change the world by starting their own Virtual Assistant business.