A Virtual assistant is a remote business owner who assists other business owners to accomplish certain tasks. Virtual assistants are often referred to as VAs for short. There are many tasks that VAs can do to help grow other businesses. You can help with various tasks that they find overwhelming or help them accomplish their business goals in a more efficient way. As a business starts to grow, so do the responsibilities. Outsourcing becomes a crucial part of any business that wants grow faster. Spending too much time on tasks that someone else could have done prevents businesses from reaching their fullest potentials. And, instead of hiring full-time employees, by only outsourcing tasks that they need help with, business owners save lots of money. They can work with anyone, anywhere, and don’t have to provide an office space.
So, as a VA, you can offer countless services from the smallest tasks to the more complex ones. You can offer multiple services or go with what you’re more proficient in. I’ve listed thirty services, but keep in mind that there are way more than just thirty services you can offer. Let’s get right into the 30 services you can offer as a virtual assistant.
- Administrative Services
- Online Research
- Database & Data Analysis
- Email Management
- Travel Arrangement
- Project Management
- Social Media Management (FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, etc)
- Internet Marketing
- Customer Service (Call Agent; Outbound/Inbound Calls)
- Chat Agent
- Real Estate Assistance
- Word Processing (Editing, content writing, blog, etc…)
- Graphic Design
- Blog or Forum Management
- Transcription (medical, legal, general)
- Webinar Support
- Video Editing
- Audio Editing
- Online Shopping
- Press Release Creation and Submission
- SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
- Event Planning
- Appointment Setting
- Translation Services
- Calendar Management
- Book Publishing
- Facebook Ads
How to start
You can start by making a blog and showcasing your expertise. If you’re planning on providing editing services for example, write about editing, why editing is important, or write about anything business-related. If your writing is excellent with little to no errors, that would prove that you’re good at editing. Don’t forget to make a ‘Work with Me’ page on your blog to let potential customer know what services you are offering.
You can also offer your services on job boards. Job boards are platforms where you can offer your services to people looking for someone to help them with various tasks. You may have to lower the price of your services because of the fierce competitions. But, do NOT lower it too much because people now know that you get what you pay for. You can still get clients who value your time and are ready to pay for better services. So hang in there. You may even find some of your first recurring clients from job boards. Ultimately, the goal should be to break away from the middle man (job boards) and start offering services directly from your website/blog.
Another thing you can do is to contact your local companies directly. Let them know what a virtual assistant is, how having one would help them boost their business while still saving money, and how you can help them as a virtual assistant. You’d be surprised how many companies still haven’t caught up with the online business world.You don’t only have to contact your local businesses. You can do this with any business; even those on the other side of the ocean. My advice would be to focus on small businesses and non-profit organizations.
Now that you have an idea on what a virtual assistant is, how you can be of benefit to others, and how to start, if it interests you, take notes and START NOW! I hope this post was helpful.
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