How to start a virtual assistant business

How to start a virtual assistant business

Whenever I’m asked what I do for work, I love saying that I’m a virtual assistant for busy business owners and entrepreneurs. People usually look at me and likely think that I work in a call center, taking inbound calls and waiting for the clock to strike five. 

But virtual assisting is FAR from that. You set your own schedule, decide exactly what services you’d love to offer, and you get to work with amazing clients and help them achieve their own big business goals. 

Virtual Assisting Services You Can Offer

What kind of virtual assisting services can you offer for your business? Check out this HUGE list of services and grab your free services page template for your website!

I have to admit, “virtual assisting” is kind of a broad, vanilla term —a real onion that you have to peel back a few layers to get to the heart of (onions have hearts, okay? Stay with me). 

I wanted to uncover virtual assistant services you can offer so you get some serious inspiration about not only the possibilities, but to also help you build your services page on your website! 

Each task is broken down by category, but be sure to really review all of them so you don’t pigeon-hole yourself to only the technical tasks or only the admin tasks. There may be some other tasks that you would be great at!
 


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Tasks You Can Offer as a Virtual Assistant:

 

Social Media Tasks

Social media is a marketing channel that every business owner needs to utilize, but often times it’s the one thing that get underutilized for growth and brand awareness. Taking care of scheduling and consistently sharing on brand messages is a HUGE help for business owners. 

  • Facebook ads management
  • Managing Twitter
  • Managing Instagram
  • Managing Pinterest
  • Replying to social media comments
  • Writing captions and posts
  • Writing social media bios
  • Organizing a social media scheduler
  • Creating social media campaigns
  • Source free and paid photos

 

Content Tasks

Content is queen for business, and proofreading, scheduling, and writing for business owners is such a great way to enlist your skills and turn them into services. 

  • Proofreading and copy-editing
  • Blog management
  • Content calendar management
  • Loading and formatting email newsletters
  • Ghostwriting or copywriting
  • Transcription
  • Video editing
  • Graphic design

 

Project Management Tasks

Taking a huge project from a business owner, breaking it down into tasks to delegate to team members so they can implement, and meeting deadlines is what project management is all about. Virtual assisting in this capacity is very marketable.

  • Creating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Outline a project and delegate tasks
  • Team management and hiring

 

Administrative Tasks

These tasks relate to helping a business owner run the day to day of their business, from email management, data entry, and helping with customer service. Virtual assistants that love admin are SUPER valuable! Every needs admin help!

  • Email management 
  • Billing & Accounting
  • Customer Service
  • Calendar Management
  • Running reports
  • Moderating communities (i.e. Facebook groups)
  • Data entry
  • Research projects
  • Take notes at meetings

 

Tech Tasks

Being able to handle the tech side of a business is HUGE as so many business owners just aren’t that techy. This is where your nerdy self can shine as you help implement and streamline the tech systems and make it all run smoothly.

  • Setting up an email provider (i.e. ConvertKit)
  • Setting up webinars
  • Website management and design
  • Sourcing and implementing new tech systems

 

Personal Assisting Tasks

You might be surprised at how many people would LOVE and generously pay for a virtual personal assistant to help them not miss important dates and save them time scheduling and researching for travel and gifts.

  • Scheduling appointments
  • Making packing lists
  • Sourcing and purchasing gifts
  • Running errands
  • Travel reservations
  • Restaurant reservations

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These are just some of the services that you can offer as a virtual assistant, (if you have any others leave a comment below!). 

An important note when you are offering services: it is better to be really good at a group of related tasks than be all over the board. You’ll be more marketable to a business owner when you can say “I can take care of all of your administrative needs” instead of saying that you “do a little of everything.”
 


Being clear with what services you offer is how you get hired.

When you’re just starting out it can be hard to decide, but take every client project as it comes and you’ll quickly find your zone of genius for you services!

Comment below with the services you're currently providing or want to offer as a virtual assistant!

Easy Client Gift Ideas Under $50

Easy Client Gift Ideas Under $50

Client gifts are awesome, and perfect to give when you first start with them or at the end of a project. It sets you and your service apart from the rest, especially if you're thoughtful and sincere with your choice of gift.

Click on the picture if you love the gift idea and you'll be taken to the product to learn more and purchase!

How to nail your customer service strategy

How to nail your customer service strategy

A customer’s delight is always on my mind, and if you own a business and interact with people buying from you or reading your content, it’s something to think and strategize about. How do you make every interaction and experience as positive as possible? How do you make people feel good and remember you? How do you create loyalty and frequent buyers / readers? You can’t make people love you, but there are a lot of ways to promote happiness and loyalty within your target market!

The Ultimate Email Etiquette Guide: How to manage your email inbox

The Ultimate Email Etiquette Guide: How to manage your email inbox

As much as we may not like to, we are all spending time in one (or multiple) email inboxes everyday. Me? I’m in at least 2, sometimes up to 4 during the day, and dedicate 1-3 hours sending and responding to emails. That’s a lot of time, and a lot of emails. I love it and it's part of my job, but it's because I follow a couple of principles to make it that way!

I’ve learned that by following some simple email etiquette guidelines, I’m able to make my time in the inbox as positive, fast, and efficient as possible. And if everyone followed this rubric of etiquette, our collective email experience would be similar!