Working remotely as a Virtual Assistant can be a rewarding career. You get to work anywhere you want and for the most part, you can manage your own time. But make no mistake about it, the virtual assistance industry has become more competitive.
There are more people entering the industry to meet the high demand for virtual assistants. If you want to stay ahead of the competition, you must be willing to take your business to the next level:
Build a Website. If you plan to have a career in the virtual world, it only seems right to have a virtual business address. The virtual business address is your website.
A website tells clients you are serious about establishing your career because you are investing in your business. There are many benefits to having a website for a virtual assistance business:
- Enhances your online presence
- Gives you a platform to highlight your expertise
- Allows you to present client testimonies
- Interested clients can view your portfolio of work
- Organizes distribution of online content
- Creates the termination point of your online marketing strategies
- Increases accessibility especially if your website is mobile- responsive
Set Up Your System. Even before you land your first client, you should already have a system in place that can effectively manage different projects. Typically, your system should include:
- Project Management software – Asana, Bitrix24
- File Sharing – DropBox, Accellion
- Communication – Skype, Slack, Viber, Messenger
You should be very familiar with your system and have contingencies in place in case problems arise. Clients may have their own system in mind. It would be best to be familiar with other programs as well.
Invest in Infrastructure. If you are working from home, invest in the best computer and hardware your money can buy. It does not have to be the most expensive or loaded with the latest technology. But it should be able to handle different work requirements.
You may also have to spend for improvements in your home office. It must be conducive for productivity. You may have to clear out some items or buy new furniture such as an ergonomic work station and chair.
Finally, you should consider getting a second ISP. If you primary ISP experiences downtime, you could have problems meeting deadlines.
Professionalize Your Business. Just because you work from home does not mean you should become an informal organization. If you want clients to acquire your services, you must professionalize your business.
This means you must register your business as a legal entity. There are 3 types of legal entities:
- Single Proprietorship
There are distinct advantages to each type of entity. But regardless of the organization you choose, registering your business will validate you as a professional and legally recognized entity that is authorized to conduct business.
It will certainly go a long way in addressing trust and reputation issues with prospective clients.
Always keep in mind that becoming a Virtual Assistant is not just having a job. You are running a business that offers virtual assistance services. Sometimes having that frame of mind is all the advantage you need to stay ahead of the competition.