Now that you know what a virtual assistant is and how to become a virtual assistant, you may be wondering “why”. The answer: Flexibility, rewards, and money.
As a virtual assistant, you’ll likely have a more flexible schedule than your typical office employee. You can work from anywhere meaning you can travel the world or care for your children without taking time off of work.
Flexibility is just one of the rewards of learning how to become a virtual assistant. In addition, you’ll get to master new skills, be your own boss (if launching your own business), and be present for things you might otherwise miss. For example, if you work from home you’ll get to spend time with your children that they would otherwise spend with a caretaker.
Last, but not least, money. In a survey conducted by Virtual Business Alliance in 2004 for the previous year, the average full time virtual assistant made $39,452. And that was in 2003!
This demonstrates that you can make just as much money (possibly more) as a stay-at-home virtual assistant than you can in the office. Not bad huh?
What you actually charge per hour or project will vary depending on the skill and complexity involved. Your income will also vary based on where you live. For example, individuals living in Hawaii face a higher cost of living than Ohio. One place to help you research what you should be charging is the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The website shows average income for different professions in each state. Look up professions that relate to the services your offering in order to start pinpointing your wage.
To ensure that you bring in top dollar as a virtual assistant be sure to:
- Educate yourself – you are never done “learning”, especially in the virtual world. Stay on top of technology as well as changes in your industry to ensure you can provide the very best to your clients.
- Get ahead of the curve – learn what skills are most in-demand in your industry and master them.
- Create advocates – always provide your clients with the very best service and soon they won’t just be clients but also advocates for you. Remember, word of mouth is vital to the VA. Satisfied clients will send additional leads your way.
There you have it, how to become a virtual assistant and bring in $3,000+ a month. Have more questions about how to become a virtual assistant or other reading suggestions? Please share in the comments!
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