10 Reasons Why You Should Start a Virtual Assistant Business This Year
Why should you start a virtual assistant business?
First of all, you probably want to know what is a virtual assistant (VA) is?
I like to use the metaphor of a word processor gone wild.
A virtual assistant is a person who works with (long distance) clients, providing them with top quality services without having to be present at a clients office.
Virtual web assistant services are becoming more and more popular. Today’s technology such as the Internet, e-mail, online instant messaging, phone, and of course overnight delivery.
The days are gone of offices needing their staff in the same building!
If you have for instance have a background in secretarial work or other support staff expertise and love working on computers and the technology it offers, then here are ten excellent reasons why you should start your personal digital assistant business this year.
1. Make An Income You Can Live On
It was reported by virtual assistant trade organizations that the average full-time dedicated personal assistant working in the US would grow exponentially.
Now that isn’t bad!
That could be more than enough money to live on, even if you are a single mom.
2. The Need For Virtual assistants Is Only Going To Grow
According to the George Washington University forecast of emerging technology, Virtual Assisting became a $130 Billion Industry in 2008.
Thanks to further evolving technology, and the fact that it’s easier to just source out work to a digital assistant because a business doesn’t have to pay for any benefits when they out-source, this type of service will only get bigger and more in demand.
3. Are you feeling unchallenged, unfulfilled, and unmotivated?
Is your current corporate 9 to 5 job beginning to feel like a real drag?
Are you dreading getting dressed up, driving your commute to work day in day out, and working with a boss who is unappreciative and ungrateful?
Do you love some parts of your job and despise other parts and wish you could do the parts you like more?
Then becoming a self-employed assistant might be something you need to look into.
4. Want to continue your professional working life without having to leave home?
Want the flexibility to work from home and have a better balance between work and life?
Maybe you’re thinking of having kids or have had your first baby.
You so want to continue your career, but you also want to spend more time with your children.
Take a good hard look at the world of a virtual web assistant.
This type of home business will continue to give you the satisfaction of a career, while also offering you the ability to be there for your kid's doctor appointments, their first step, school field trips, and running them around to after school events.
5. Gain the ability to work with people you want to work with.
Do you tend to click with certain types of people more than others? With a personal digital assistant business, you can decide who you want your clients to be. Authors, salespeople, consultants, coaches, executives, entrepreneurs, and small business owners are just a few of the types of people you could work with.
6. The ability to do more than only one thing.
Looking for a little variety in your business?
Don’t want to get stuck doing the same thing over and over again?
Here is a list of just some of the things you can do as a dedicated personal assistant.
- Bill Paying
- Bulk Mailing
- Business/employee communications
- Concierge services
- Data entry
- Data processing/data management
- Database management
- Desktop publishing
- Event planning
- Internet services
- Mail and email services
- Marketing services
- Message management
- Newsletter distribution
- Personal services
- Proofreading and editing, research (online or traditional)
- Proposal Writer
- Purchasing services
- Reminder services
- Santa letters
- Secretarial services
- Simple website design
- Special projects
- Telephone/fax services
- Transcription services
- Writing services (technical or creative)
- Writing/editing services
7. The ability to Niche yourself.
Choose just a few of the ideas above and take it one step further.
You might already possess more than everage knowledge in a specific area.
You can reach out to the businesses you are already familiar with and work with them.
Maybe in the past, you worked as support staff for a marketing company.
If marketing is still your thing, you can let businesses know that you can not only be their virtual assistant and take care of all their typing and database applications but that you can also use your expertise to help them market their business.
A win-win situation for all parties involved.
8. Use the equipment you already have.
If you’re reading this article, then there’s a good chance you already have a computer, a printer, and fax capabilities.
Why not start putting that equipment to good use and make some money?
9. The choice between working part-time or full-time.
Maybe you no longer want to work full time, but you need to do something to call your own.
You’ll be your own boss; you can decide how much or how little you want to work.
10. Being able to say you love the way you make money.
If just the thought of working with current technology and your computer makes you giddy, why not make money doing something else you love?
Grab hold of the opportunity to make as much money as you’d like and the ability to work from your home.
You have the opportunity to decide who you want to work with, the type of work you want to do or not do, and your niche area.
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