Friday, January 9, 2009

7 Topics to Consider When Starting a Virtual Assistant Services Business

Have you been thinking about starting a virtual assistant services business? Take a look at some of the things to ponder before you jump in. When starting my virtual assistant business, these are some of the things I needed to know and hopefully it will assist you in getting started.

1. Establish your niche
ü What do I have to offer?
ü What have I done in the past or currently doing that I absolutely love doing?
ü Who are my target audiences?
ü What do I NOT want to do? Finding your niche is imperative in the virtual assistant industry.

2. Research, research, research!
ü Research and carefully consider on what to name your company or business. Put a lot of thought into this as this will stay with you forever.
ü Research domain names and don’t be too quick to purchase the first thing you like, make sure it has appeal and easy to remember, same thing to consider for a business name.
ü Research what sort of website you want, blog, Wordpress, etc…
ü Research other VA rates and see how you fit into that category with your particular skill set. Are you qualified to charge that particular amount?

3. Purchase Domain name
ü When purchasing a domain name, consider purchasing for more than one year. This shows longevity, stability and credibility. It will give your clients the satisfaction and comfort of knowing that your plans are to be around for awhile and you take this very seriously.

4. Education and training
ü Consider taking classes to heighten and sharpen skills or to learn something new.
ü Obtain certifications if necessary for tasks you will be performing.
ü Learn the basics of HTML, SEO, blogging and article marketing if you don’t already have this skill set. If this is something you do not want to do, outsource it!

5. Marketing
ü How do I market my virtual assistant business?
ü How in the world do I get the word out to the millions of people on the internet highway?
ü What makes me different than other VAs?
ü How are my skills better or different than others?
ü Why would someone choose my services over others? These are just a few things to seriously think about when it comes to marketing. Don’t have that skill set or simply don’t want to do it, hire someone to do for you!

6. What are your county or state requirements?
ü What sort of licenses is required in your state or county?
ü Do you need Liability Insurance?
ü Do you need to have an LLC or Sole Proprietorship?

7. Miscellaneous
ü Make sure your typing, spelling and grammar skills are all up to speed.
ü Learn how to prioritize and organize.
ü Consider obtaining a coach, mentor or buddy to show you the ropes.
ü Become a part of an active networking community.
ü And last but not least; you must have a positive attitude, be able to work independently and have flexibility.

Be courteous, appreciative and incorporate awesome customer service in everything you do within your business and you will become successful!