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Do You Have What It Takes To Become A Successful VA?
Here are some questions to ask yourself when you think about starting your own virtual assistant business:
· Do you have excellent typing and proofing skills? · Do you enjoy helping people? · Are you familiar with Internet and enjoy learning new things about it? · Do you already know several people who could utilize your services? · Are you capable of making a great income and will stop at nothing to make it happen?
Diana and Kelly explain, “Every virtual assistant has their own unique skills and experience that enables them to start their business. The right skills are those that you have perfected and can perform well. As you further develop your skills, you can expand your service offering.
Skills range from basics such as typing to highly specialized areas like web design, graphic arts, technical writing, and more. A professional VA will be proficient in Internet, computers, software, word processing and spreadsheet applications, etc. In addition to technical skills, a professional VA will have good business management skills as well as knowledge of marketing, advertising, and public relations. Business management skills not only help you in operating your own business, but allows you to aid your clients in running theirs.
VAs must be motivated. You can’t get discouraged when you experience minor set-backs. Start fresh each day. If phone didn't ring yesterday, make it ring today. Failure is not an option. You need to know that you're going to make it and will stop at nothing short.”
How Much Can You Make?
“Our research shows most pricing is centered around a base price of $25 per hour. However, rate does depend on services you provide and also how long you’ve been in business. Another consideration is area in which you live. In some areas you will receive more than in others. For example, in south Florida you can charge a better rate in Miami, than say a smaller town like Pompano Beach.
There are different ways in which you can charge for services. By hour, by project, by page, or for something like event planning you could charge a certain percentage of total event cost. Many VAs offer reduced rates for a monthly retainer option. With a monthly retainer your client commits to a certain number of hours per month at a predetermined rate. If you work less than committed number of hours you are still paid same. If you work over committed number of hours then you would bill client for additional hours at that same rate or whatever is agreed upon,” says Diana and Kelly.
For More Information On How You Can Become A Virtual Assistant
You can purchase Diana and Kelly’s ebook, A Bizy’s Guide: How To Start Your Own Home-Based Virtual Assistant’s Business at: http://www.bizymoms.com/main/?10000!0103
Liz Folger is Work-at-Home Mom Expert and author of "The Stay-at-Home Mom's Guide To making Money From Home". Her book is available at your favorite bookstore or by calling 800-632-8676. Liz has also created a resource site for work-at-home moms at: http://www.bizymoms.com. When you visit, don't forget to sign up for the free e-newsletter.