How To Get Started As A VA

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How To Get Started As A VA

A lot of you may have wanted to work online and become a VA or a Virtual Assistant but does not have the knowledge on how to get started.  It may not be easy switching from a corporate job to an online job, but once you start, you may be on your journey to become a Virtual Assistant.  VA Networking describes a Virtual Assistant as a “highly-skilled, independent professional who provides administrative, technical and/or creative business support services. They are your off-site administrative professional”.  They provide services online.  Here are some tips to kickstart your career as a VA:

1. First, do some self-analysis to find your passion.  This will determine your niche or field of expertise that will embody the core services you wish to offer.  As an aspiring VA, you need to identify your skills and talents, what and where you are good at and which of these can you market to your clients.

2. Create a road map or business plan to organize your thoughts. Include your target market and who your ideal clients may be, your brand (or image that you want to project to your clients), the services you plan to offer, how you are going to market them, how you are going to charge them,  your unique value proposition or statement that best describes what value your client will derive from you, your goals, your vision and mission statements and your time management.

3. Set up a personal blog/website. As a starter, it is wise not to spend a lot first.  Instead of hiring a web developer, you can register for a free account using WordPress.com or  com.  It is important to have a blog so that it can provide more information about your services and will serve as your portfolio and online resume.  This will also give a professional image about yourself to your prospective clients.

4. Know about the work you are going into and what it entails. Identify the pros and cons of working at home .  Do some research to know whether this is the right career move for you.  Join virtual assistant forums and groups to know more  about the VA world.

5. Create an email address solely for your VA services. This email address must look professional. Use your real name and avoid using aliases.  This email address will serve as your means of communicating with your clients so it must reflect your personality and your character.

6. Setting up a virtual assistant office requires minimal capital. All you need is a computer, a reliable hi-speed internet connection and headset with microphone. Acquire the essential VA applications and tools you will need such as Skype, a project management software, Dropbox, MS Office, Google Docs, GotoMeeting, Prezi, Evernote, Trello, GotoWebinar, Awesome Screenshot, Google Calendar, Gimp and a whole lot more!

7. Once you have set up your operations, it is time to market yourself and look for clients. For newbies, you can sign up for free accounts in outsourcing sites such as Onlinejobs.ph (for Filipino Virtual Assistants), upwork, freelancer, fiverr, warriorforum and many other websites. From here, you can work your way through developing your network.

8. Get yourself ready for payment methods such as setting up a Paypal account and a bank account. You can verify your Paypal account using EON Unionbank account and Online banking.   You can also open a BPI or BDO account for direct deposit payments from your clients.

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As an online professional, Marilyn transitioned her way up to success by investing in the field of virtual assistance and web design. Networking with esteemed colleagues in the field, she co-founded Philippine Virtual Assistant Network (PVAN) , Philippines largest online virtual assistant community with over 20,000+ members and counting.

Marilyn is the Project Manager of Remote Virtual Assistant Agency, a virtual staffing agency based in New York, USA, as well as the trainer for Virtual Assistant Guide and Web Internship Program which helps aspiring work from home professionals.

As a serial entrepreneur, she's one of the managing partner of New York Sari-Sari Store Inc.- an eCommerce platform serving clients both in US & Philippines, St. Jeanne Beverly Learning Center & JM Property Rentals - a Pre-school Institution and a growing fleet of rental apartments together with her loving and very supportive husband.

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