First of all, what is a virtual assistant (VA)?
I like to explain it as a word processor gone wild.
A VA is someone who works with clients, providing them with top quality support services without having to be physically present at a clients office.
VA services are becoming more and more popular thanks to today’s technology, such as email, the Internet, online instant messaging, fax, phone, and overnight delivery. Gone are the days of offices needing their support staff in the same building.
If you have a specialized skill or a background in administrative services, becoming a VA may be the perfect job for you. Here are ten great reasons you should become a virtual assistant in 2019.
1. Make An Income You Can Live On
It was reported by virtual assistant trade organizations that the average full-time VA working in the US would gross about $39,452 annually. Now that isn’t a bad income! That is the type of money you can live on, even if you are a single mom.
2. The Need For VA’s Is Only Going To Increase
The VA industry has grown like wildfire over the last few years. It is predicted that by 2018, online working across the globe will be worth $5 billion as the demand for outsourcing continues to grow, and the fact that it’s easier to just source out work to a VA. Due to the fact that businesses don’t have to pay for any benefits or payroll taxes when they outsource, this type of service will only get bigger and more in demand.
3. Feeling Fulfilled, Challenged, and Motivated
Are you starting to feel totally bored, unfulfilled and like your brain is starting to freeze due to being a stay at home mom? It’s totally ok to admit this. Most stay-at-home moms feel this way. As much as we love being with our babies, there are only so many kids TV programs we can watch on repeat before our brains shut down. It’s ok to want more, be more and have more. And that’s the beauty of starting a home-based business. You get to be at home with your babies but also feel valued, of service, and really stretch and expand your mind.
4. Continue your professional working life without leaving home
Want the flexibility to work from home and have a better balance between work and life?
Maybe you just had your first baby or even your 6th baby and you are loving your maternity leave. So much so that you really don’t want to go back to your normal job. 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 VA. 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 kids doctor appointments, their first step, school field trips, and running them around to after school events.
5. The ability to work with the people you choose
Do you tend to click with certain types of people more than others? With a VA 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. You literally get to pick and choose your favourite types of clients, which means you ONLY ever work with people you really like. This makes for a super fulfilling working environment and you will just ADORE your new business.
6. Having a varied work day
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 VA.
- Writing services (technical or creative)
- Business/employee communications
- Proofreading and editing
- Research (online or traditional)
- Data entry
- Database management
- Message management
- Website design
- Graphic design
- Newsletter design
- Bulk mailing
- Reminder services
- Event planning
- Special projects
- Concierge services
- Data processing/data management
- Desktop publishing
- Transcription services
- Purchasing services
- Writing/editing services
- Marketing services
- Proposal Writer
7. The ability to Niche yourself
Choose just a few of the ideas above and take it one step further. Niche yourself. You might already possess knowledge in a certain area. You can contact those businesses you are already familiar with and work with them. Maybe in the past, you had worked as support staff for a marketing company. If marketing is your thing, you can let businesses know that you can not only be their VA and take care of all their typing and database applications but that you can also use your expertise to help them market their business.
8. Use the equipment you already have
If you’re reading this blog, then there’s a good chance you already have a computer, a printer, maybe fax capabilities. Why not start putting that equipment to good use and make some money?
9. Choosing when you work
Maybe you don’t want to work full time, but you need to do something to call your own. That’s great! You’ll be your own boss; you can decide how much or how little you want to work.
…and one of the absolute best reasons to become a virtual assistant in 2018 is…
10. Being able to say you love your job
If just the thought of working with your computer and current technology makes you giddy, why not make money doing something 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.
Are you a virtual assistant? How has becoming a VA changed your life? Let us know below.