Starting a VA business can be a really lucrative career these days. As the digital world continues to grow, business-owners are realizing that having someone managing tasks remotely can be a better option than hiring someone full-time.
If you’re considering becoming a virtual assistant, here are a few questions to ask yourself to see if you’ve got what it takes to make it!
Are you good at time management?
Being a virtual assistant means managing a myriad of tasks, so you’ll need to learn how to balance your time well, especially if you’re working with a lot of clients.
Moreover, you’ll want to spend some time marketing your business as well as taking care of the not-so-fun-part of owning a business (think bookkeeping, sending invoices, etc).
You’ll want to be able to manage your time well. A planner helps a ton to help you schedule and prioritize tasks in a way that helps you stay productive!
Are You Motivated?
Being a VA takes a lot of positivity and good energy. You’ll get to wake up every morning and focus on your business, which is an amazing feeling.
That said, though, there will also be tough days, especially when your workload is low or you find yourself struggling to stay focused (procrastination can be a huge downside of working from home, and it requires a lot of motivation to beat!).
Are You Organized?
One of the hardest parts about being a virtual assistant is staying organized. Not only will you be managing your own tasks and information, but you’ll also be organizing your clients’ as well.
The more organized you are, the more productive you’ll be. As a virtual assistant, you’ll likely be handing more than one client, so creating a system is essential to your success.
If you’re not super organized, you can still find success. It does take a little effort, but organizational apps like Trello or Taskade are a great place to start. Moreover, I highly recommend organizing your inbox (use labels and Google Drive folders), to make sure you know where to find your client’s e-mails.
ARE YOU GOOD AT SETTING BOUNDARIES?
In a perfect world, all the clients that come your way would be the ideal person to work with, but that won’t always be the case.
As you grow, you’re likely to get clients who don’t understand boundaries and treat you as a full-time employee (who’s also expected to work on weekends and late nights). My advice is to set boundaries with you clients from day one bu letting them know your business hours, expected turnaround times, etc.
Don’t get me wrong, most clients are great to work with, but there’s always that one client that could easily make your work a nightmare. When I first started out, I wanted to please my one of my first client so much that I’d respond to e-mails late in the evenings, I’d work throughout weekends because she’d send me an urgent request that needed to get done ASAP, etc.
The fact that I continued to please her requests only made her feel like she could continue the behavior, and it quickly took an enormous toll on my mental health (not to mention that due to the pressure of this one person, the rest of my work began to take the backseat which was completely unfair to my other clients).
Learn how to set boundaries and don’t be afraid to say no when a request is simply unreasonable. Don’t let clients take advantage of you just because you’re afraid of losing that income. Think about it: Is this the type of client you really want to work with?
So there you have it! These are the essential skills you need to have to start your VA business.
If you don’t feel like you’ve got what it takes, don’t fret! The good news is that practice makes perfect, and as long as you continue to observe what areas you need to work on and strive to improve, you’ll be all set!