You! What’s amazing about the growing demand for this role is that anyone can learn how to become a virtual assistant and be a total success.
As mentioned above, you may have to take a class or do some discounted work in order to gain the education and experience you need for certain services but there is no hard barrier to entry.
You don’t have to go to school for 8 years or have 10 years of experience. You don’t have to have $50,000 to get off the ground. All you need to get started is:
- Basic office skills
- A phone
- A functional computer
- A reliable Internet connection
However, while the list above does contain the bare minimum you will require when discovering how to become a virtual assistant, you will probably find more success if you are also:
- Motivated – you need to be able to get work and get it done!
- Detail oriented – you need to be able to check your own work.
- Organized – if your office looks like the scene of a violent crime we have a problem.
- Reliable – clients need to know they can depend on you.
- Good at communication (verbal and written) – you’re going to need to be able to deal with people in some capacity.
Now! As mentioned above, there are no real concrete barriers to becoming a virtual assistant. With very little investment (none if you already have a computer, telephone, and Internet connection) you can launch your new part time or full time endeavor. While I’m sure you can think of plenty of reasons not to learn how to become a virtual assistant and get started today, those are just excuses.
There is no true reason you can’t become a virtual assistant now.
Here are 4 common “reasons” (a.k.a. excuses) people give for not trying their hand at being a VA:
- Money – I don’t have the money to launch a new business.
- Support – My mother/father/brother/sister/husband/wife (insert person here) doesn’t support this idea.
- Time – I don’t have time to launch a new business.
- Clients – I don’t know where to find clients.
Allow me to answer each of these in turn.
- Money – You really don’t need much if any money to launch your VA career. Most cell phone plans allow for unlimited minutes so you shouldn’t need a new plan. If yours doesn’t, use services like Google Hangouts or Skype to connect with clients. While a private Internet connection is best, you can always piggyback on free wifi spots such as at Starbucks, Panera, or your local library.
- Support – Ask your “(insert person here)” why he or she doesn’t think this is a good idea. Weigh the answer carefully for any truth. If there is truth to his or her objection, talk it over openly and honestly. If there is no truth to the objection, look for support elsewhere from other family members, friends, or VA groups online.
- Time – You don’t have to go full time immediately. Take on small projects or clients that only need a few hours of your time to get your feet wet.
- Clients – We’ll go over this a little more in-depth in the following section of How to Become a Virtual Assistant and Make $3,000+ a Month, but clients can be found everywhere from online job boards to college bulletin boards.
I’m not advocating you go in and quit your job first thing tomorrow before you secure some clients, but stop making excuses as to why you can’t start your new career as a virtual assistant.