A rural money virtual assistant is the Internet equivalent of a personal assistant, and it is a popular business for work at homestead moms.
If you have experience in the administrative field, or can offer virtual services to business clients, then you are a prime candidate for having a successful virtual assistant business.
Getting started as a virtual assistant requires a few simple steps.
There is no formal credential process to become a virtual assistant.
However, there are several companies that offer training and their own credentialing.
This is not absolutely necessary to be a successful virtual assistant.
But, it is helpful in obtaining jobs as a newcomer.
Before you sign up for any program or course, do your due diligence and investigate the company.
Get recommendations from other successful virtual assistants and consider finding a mentor who can help you get started.
Legally, you need a business license in order to become an independent contractor.
By obtaining a business license, you are able to open up a business bank account and keep your business and personal finances separately.
“Being legal” also means you can declare many of your business expenses as tax write offs.
Once you have set up your home office, you need to establish your virtual office.
On the Internet, use a website to advertise yourself as a virtual assistant.
Having a website is essential to establishing your presence.
If web design is not in your skill set, find someone who can make a website for you or check out an affiliate website.
On your website you should, at minimum, list services and who you are.
Also, include an hourly rate, although many virtual assistants like to charge by the project instead of by the hour.
As far as services go, do not offer services that you do not like to do.
If you can make spreadsheets, but do not like to do it, then do not offer that service.
If you have background in a specific field, for example law, then list this as a specialty.
You can also specialize in the type of work that you offer.
Many virtual assistants limit their business to writing and editing, web design, data management or planning.
However, some offer a mixture of all types of services.
Remember, this is your business and you can choose what tasks that you want to perform.
The best way to get virtual assistant jobs to begin with is to start networking to target affluent clients.
The affluent market consist of:
Your best leads will come through people that you already know, whether they are online or in your rural hometown.
Let people know what you are offering and promote your website address.
That way, people can see who you are and what you are doing.
Be certain to include up to date contact information on your web page, including a phone number.
However, by publishing your phone number, you will get a lot of spam calls.
When you get your first client, it is important to have a contract before you start working on a project.
There are many sample contracts online that you can adapt for your needs.
Although the affluent are often frugal (like us right), they are “big spenders”!
Still, you may be wondering why focus on people who are price sensitive?
The truth is, both the rural wealthy and rural poor are frugal and price-sensitive.
However, they are not nearly as price-sensitive when it comes to purchasing excellent virtual assistance services.
Since the majority of the affluent are self-employed, they are also purchasers of “convenience services”.
Also, the affluent are not frugal when it comes to buying services for their children and grandchildren.
Therefore, incorporate babysitting, etc. on your list of services.
Now, let’s follow the money with out-of-the-box services:
If you have specialized brokerage skills, locate and arrange asset appraisal and liquidation for coin and stamp collections, gems and precious metals, antiques, art, etc.
As a Certified Appraiser, provide valuation and appraisal services, discreet sales of a variety of personal and other assets, such as those listed above.
Ask for a commission on every deal you make, with a contract of course.
Be certain that you and the client are both on the same page about the type of work that you will do.
That way, there are no surprises when you deliver the project and your bill.
After you have a few projects under your belt, you can begin to build a reputation.
As a result, your virtual assistant business will grow naturally to include repeat clients and new projects.
When you consistently do good work, your reputation will precede you.
And, you may have more projects than you know what to do with in a short period of time.
Make sure not to overbook yourself.
While you are at it, collect a network of other virtual assistants who are willing to take overflows for you if the need arises.
Just follow these few basic steps and tips to get started in your own business as a rural virtual assistant.
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