How to start a Home Business as a Virtual Assistant

manila filipino virtual assistant in philippinesA Virtual Assistant is an administrative professional who works from a remote location, usually without ever stepping foot into the client’s office. With all the office gadgets available today coupled with the internet and growing gloablization, virtual assistants can make their own hours working from home.

Virtual assistants, or VA’s as they are called for short, perform a variety of duties ranging from answering phone calls to updating websites. Some read and respond to emails, type up transcripts, write articles and do light bookkeeping. The services provided are determined based on the client’s needs and the virtual assistant’s expertise.

Virtual Assistants are sought after by numerous small business owners, particularly those with online businesses. Many clients are looking to free up their workload so they can concentrate on the money-making activities of their business rather than on administrative tasks. You could have several contracts to keep your day filled.

Virtual assistants are also a popular option over hiring a regular employee because they’re considered Independent Contractors who have their own office equipment and pay their own taxes, therefore saving potential clients a lot of money in overhead costs. This also gives you the additional tax benefits of being self employed.

What skills and tools are needed to become a VA?

Basic office skills and organizational skills are a must. You will be keeping track of several clients at one time. The basic tools you will need are: a computer with high speed internet access, email programs, office programs software, phone, printer, scanner or fax machine and a website to promote your services. Other things to consider are: a desk, comfortable chair and a quiet space to work in.

If you’ve done administrative work in previous jobs, starting a VA business could be right up your alley. Once you have a home office set up, start marketing your website to obtain clients to work for. It’s a great idea to offer special grand opening rates to attract first time clients. Never hesitate to ask for client referrals as well there always seems to be someone looking for a reliable VA.

There are many valuable resources available online for those who are just getting started in this business. Look for tutorials and newsletters that are being published by more experienced virtual assistants and you’ll learn a great deal from their example. You may even want to hire a coach to give you personalized feedback.

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Have you tried working as a Virtual Assistant? Do you want to earn more money than call center agents without leaving your house?

  • I see VAs becoming VERY popular. As businesses move away from traditional offices, they still need the support that a VA can provide. Great article.

  • @ Malok: hope to see you here more often

  • Thanks. I’ll make it a point to stop by your “home”. :)

  • good article melo! =) you weren’t at the taste asia event last night

  • @ ryan: currenly in cebu… be back tom. hope to see you guys again on the upcoming bloggers meet-up.

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  • odie

    i am interested to work as a virtual assistant. how can i be one? thanks.

  • Another solution would be to use a Virtual Office at Servcorp.

    Servcorp are the pioneers of the Virtual Office with over 60 prime locations worldwide.

    Australia – France – Japan – China – Thailand – New Zealand

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    What would you say is the best way to advertise virtual assistants? Adwords?

  • marie

    where can i apply to be a VA?

  • lala

    Im currently working as a VA here in the Philippines but still looking for a job same position. Kindly help me guys, i heard in Baguio they have VA account. But not sure and dont know what company

    Please advice.

    Thanks!