The reason I decided to write this blog is to help others who are thinking of becoming a Virtual Assistant or have already become one and are looking for some guidance. This will help guide you through what to expect BEFORE you jump in the fire?? Especially if you’re going to quit your full-time job and become your own boss! This is in no way meant to scare you, but to INFORM you of some things you should expect before you do it!
Stage 1: Most importantly with any at home business you must have a place to work. Here are just a few major items you will need:
- A quiet zone
- Reliable computer
- Printer/scanner/copier machine
Once that’s completed on to the next stage. Now if you’re a new business owner this stage will seem overwhelming and how the heck will I get through this one…so what I’ve done is given it to you step-by-step, so let’s go! Stage #2 was the most challenging, as I had never had a business before. When I decided to become a Virtual Assistant no one ever told me about all the different stages you go through as a new business owner! My thoughts were, I’d quit my job and just become a Virtual Assistant and start working. OH BOY WAS I WRONG? Thankfully, with the love & support of family and friends, it enabled me to get through this next stage!
Stage 2: (Please note there are different levels of this stage: A. Documentation B. Funding C. Networking). So, let’s continue…
Level A: To become legitimate you need to get all your documentation as a new business owner in order. For a Virtual Assistant here are what you will need.
Here is the list:
- Federal EIN # or your SSN# (choose one)
- Register your business name
- Sales tax (if applicable)
- City permit license
Level B: Now let’s talk about Funding ($$$); If you have the money you are in great shape but if you’re on a fixed income then you’re going to have to use your resources. Which means figuring out where to go, who to reach out to, and what is your best way to go without it breaking the bank. Oh, did I forget to tell you, also you’re going to need to decide if you’re going to have a website and or how it’s going to be maintained? Plus do you have the knowledge of maintaining your website? I will tell you, I DID NOT! So, that too was a learning curve for me.
Level C: Now I know for sure no one ever explained this next level…and it was networking! First off, I will tell you I’m NOT a saleswoman! I can work miracles behind the scenes in the office, but I’m not one to talk about myself. The longer I was in this business as a virtual assistant I concluded I was going to need to get out and talk about myself, UGH! Even today as it’s been several months, and it’s still hard for me to put myself out there and talk about myself. Don’t get me wrong I can go and talk all day long about anything under the sun but it is HARD for me to hear me talk about ME. NOT EASY!
Stage 3: This my friends are the most challenging, but ultimately the most rewarding part of having your own business and that is BUILDING YOUR CLIENTELE!
TO BE CONTINUED…
Would love your feedback on this blog. Do you find it helpful? Anything you’d like to add that maybe I missed? Remember we are all in this to WIN and be SUCCESSFUL!