Need To Make Extra Money?
If you’re strapped for cash, or trying to save extra to build your emergency fund or make a big purchase, then you’re liking looking for a way to make extra money.
Ever considered becoming a virtual assistant? If not, today’s the day to think about it! Working on the side as a VA allows you to set your own hours and only take jobs you want – which, in the world of online contract work, could be just about anything.
Who Would Make a Great VA?
One of the great things about the VA profession is that so many diverse backgrounds translate well to virtual assisting. Of course, anyone with admin or clerical experience likely knows a few tricks of the trade to providing standout professional support, but teachers, stay-at-home parents, human resources pros, paralegals, nurses, and accountants possess many of the traits needed to succeed, too! And that’s just a short list.
Work history aside, some of the traits that generally make for a great VA include:
This isn’t an all-inclusive list, of course. But if you were shaking your head in agreement as you ran through that list, you probably already possess the soft skills needed to succeed as a VA!
How to Become a Virtual Assistant with No Experience
So, you know you’ve got what it takes to be successful but aren’t exactly sure where to start? That’s okay. You want to make sure you get started the right way. This will help you gain your footing and ultimately grow a successful business. The last thing you want to do is get started without a plan in place. Grasping at straws hoping something will work isn’t nearly as effective as going into the VA field with a well thought out strategy!
I always recommend all beginners, no matter the profession, pick a niche. Whether you want to be a writer, proofreader, transcriptionist or, in this case, are wondering how to become a virtual assistant with no experience, the first thing you should do is settle on a niche.
It’s much easier to find potential clients, land jobs, and establish yourself as an expert when you’re focused on a particular group. And becoming an expert is what you should be aiming for. As an expert, you can command higher rates and will have clients seeking out your services rather than you constantly tracking down your next gig.
– via Work from Home Happiness
Steps To Success As A VA
Like any other professional venture, being a virtual assistant takes work, even if it’s just part time. Because you’re essentially your own boss, you have to be responsible and accountable – and remember that how much or how little work you get depends on how hard to work to find it.
Here are a few great tips about how to get out there and make extra money as a top notch VA!
Get involved in social media
Possible social media platforms to pursue include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Periscope, Blab, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn or one of many others. It will be impossible to devote enough time to all of them, so, where to start? Focus your social media efforts wherever your potential clients hang out.
Relationships are key. Being involved in social media is one of the best ways to find clients and vice versa, especially until you are established and can rely on word of mouth.
Be very careful not to come across as spammy. Mass emails or “cold” emails to people that don’t know you are rarely successful. I understand the need to make an income, but take the time to offer useful information first. This might come in the form of really useful articles written on your blog, or it might come in the form of genuinely helpful (and respectful) advice to someone you meet online.
In my case, I casually offered some ideas to a friend on Twitter and it turned out to be the start of a working relationship that lasted quite a while.
One of the most common misconceptions about working online is that it picks up quickly. This is usually not the case. This is a business. Just like any other business online or offline, it will require hustle. You can’t just build a website and watch the money roll in. Be proactive, enthusiastic and keep at it!
The nice thing about working online is that the barrier to entry is low and the cost to start is very reasonable. This allows you to make it a side hustle until you pick up enough steam to go full time.
– via Amy Lynn Andrews
Have you ever thought about becoming a virtual assistant? What have you done in the mast to make extra money?