Starting up as a virtual assistant is probably one of the easiest, fastest and most cost effective business ideas. So, if you are reading this article, you might already have read about the perk of being a virtual assistant. But, before packing up the office cubicle and giving notice to your boss, know that becoming a virtual assistant isn’t going to be an easy job and not everyone can do it equally effectively.
Just like any other business opportunity, to become successful virtual assistant, you need a good marketing strategy in addition to that phone, PC and Internet connection. And, you may be surprised to know that many virtual assistants work around 14 to 18 hours a day when in the startup phase. And, even after establishing the business, it may require you to invest long working hours and working weekends and holidays in it.
So, if you are actually lured by the opportunity after reading articles about how profitable a virtual assistant business could be while working from the comfort of your home, you must be planning to start your own virtual assistant business. I’d, however, suggest you to take little time to evaluate yourself before starting. Ask yourself these questions:
1- Do I have what it takes to become a successful virtual assistant, i.e. the skills. Do a quick search to find what are the VA skills most businesses look for and evaluate yourself accordingly. Check this article on what VA services are in demand.
2- Am I in the position to invest time? If you are already working, or you are a new mommy or you are studying, how you are going to take time out for your business. It’s good if you start as a part time VA and turn it into a full time business slowly.
3- What’s my vision, i.e. how you plan to take your business to the next level or where you want to see yourself as a VA entrepreneur in next few years.
4- Am I ready to take the challenge? Well, it’s not going to be an easy thing to do, and you will encounter a lot of expected problems and many unexpected challenges. So, ask yourself if you are ready to take it or not.
5- Am I open to learning? As a fact of the matter, every business requires you to keep on learning everyday. If you are someone who is not open to learning, it may not be the right idea to start a business.
The Bottom Line:
Having your own virtual assistant business doesn’t mean anything easy. Virtual assistants are independent entrepreneurs who work remotely and use technology to deliver services to clients globally. It’s just about doing same or even more work, for exciting benefits like being your own boss, owning a business and doing things your way! So, think twice before starting anything in a rush!