Let me tell you about my journey to becoming a successful virtual assistant.
Like many people, I started my career in the corporate world. My first job was in an FMCG company in the procurement department as a contractual employee. But, I only lasted 11 months. Although my managers wanted me to stay, the offer was still for a contractual position which wasn’t ideal for me.
I then moved on to another company but unfortunately, that job didn’t last for a year either. I couldn’t shake the feeling that something was lacking or that maybe I wasn’t meant for that type of work. However, I didn’t give up and instead decided to explore the world of virtual assistance.
And as they say, the rest is history!
These companies where I worked with are the top companies in the Philippines, but I choose a different path and be a virtual assistant. Why?
While working on my second job, I’m also studying in a foreign language school, my couple classmates who were already 3 yrs working remotely, I could say that they are angels sent from heaven! They are the reason why I’m in the freelancing world today! They give me some of the freelancing websites like Upwork, Craiglist, Remote Jobs, People per Hour, and even Onlinejobs.ph. At that time, freelancing was still in a small to medium competition, so I already got a client after a month!
So to answer the questions of many Filipinos,
A virtual assistant is someone who provides administrative, technical, or creative support to clients remotely. Unlike a traditional office assistant, a virtual assistant works from their own location and communicates with clients through various online tools such as email, chat, or video calls.
As a virtual assistant, you have the opportunity to work with clients from all over the world without being confined to a physical office space. This gives you the flexibility to work on your own terms and create a work-life balance that suits you.
Becoming a virtual assistant is not an easy feat, and many Filipino aspirants have left their corporate jobs to pursue this career path only to struggle in finding their first client. It can be disheartening to see friends return from corporate work after months of unsuccessful applications. In today’s freelancing world, competition is fierce, and getting a client is almost as challenging as applying for a corporate job.
It’s important to have realistic expectations when starting out as a virtual assistant.
And before taking the leap into freelancing, it’s crucial to understand the market and consider some tips that might help you succeed.
If you don’t like your field you’re currently in, search for fields that are currently available for remote jobs. If you have chosen your area, go to Youtube, and there are courses for virtual work! If you want to get a fully comprehensive course, you might want to try paying courses. There are low paying course (e.g., Udemy)
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Starting a virtual assistant business can be a lucrative and flexible career option.
The first step to becoming a successful virtual assistant is to determine your niche and services.
Once you have identified your specialty, you can set up your virtual assistant business by following a few simple steps. These may include creating a portfolio or your own website, and marketing your services to potential clients.
Alternatively, if you’re not quite ready to start your own business yet, you can gain experience by working for a virtual assistant agency. Regardless of which route you choose, running a successful virtual assistant business can offer both financial and emotional rewards.
Invest time in building your personal brand online through social media platforms. Creating a professional and engaging online presence is crucial for aspiring virtual assistants.
Start by choosing the right platforms that align with your target audience, such as LinkedIn or Instagram. Showcase your skills, expertise, and previous work through well-crafted posts, videos, or articles. Engage with relevant communities and network with industry professionals to expand your reach.
Remember, consistency is key in maintaining a strong personal brand online.
Join virtual assistant communities where you can network with other professionals and learn from their experiences.
Building a network of like-minded individuals in the virtual assistant industry can open doors to new opportunities and collaborations.
Attending industry events can be a great way to meet new people, learn about the latest trends and technologies, and exchange ideas with experts in your field.
Joining online communities, such as LinkedIn groups or forums, can also provide access to valuable resources and opportunities for collaboration. Additionally, participating in webinars or podcasts can help you establish yourself as an authority figure in your industry and reach a wider audience. By actively networking and engaging with others in your field, you can expand your knowledge and build meaningful relationships that can lead to new opportunities.
You read it right. Like I’ve said, if you switch field, you should go back from the start. Please Apply what you have studied, offer someone your service; it could be your friends, families, strangers, or whoever you think should be. If you want to apply from the same field. Skip this stage.
Compile all the work you’ve done, and keep it. Some clients nowadays are looking for portfolio and testimonials from previous clients as proof that you have experience. Since you offer your work for free, ask them to give you feedback as a form of payment! Then, you’re ready to look for a client!
Get a part-time job first. Don’t leave your job yet without a sure client. I get it; you’re a risk-taker, but would it be nice to try it first before you go to full transition? VA jobs are not easy; just because it says WORK FROM HOME doesn’t mean we are at home doing Facebook and stuff. We also do what you do; we get what you get. We get stress from work and get disappointed with our clients (or bosses). VA jobs is not for everyone; I guarantee you. So take a part-time and see it for yourself. Once you enjoy it, GO AHEAD AND RESIGN!
Okay, this is the most controversial part. (Disclaimer, all of these, are from my opinion and experience), some newbies, and even with minimal experience are accepting a $2/hr job, just to get experience. But, because of that, clients will get the impression the Filipinos accept a lowball offer, which is disappointing; you spent a lot of effort studying, you spent your money on tools and courses, then these clients will just underestimate us just because someone accepts a lowball offer? Isn’t it unfair?
Be the “BOSS,” not the employee. Just because clients are our source of income doesn’t mean they are considered as EMPLOYER. Remember, we are the ones they need; we pay for our utilities, tools, and taxes. We are also a business owner providing service; we only get paid for our services. You should be the one dictating how much they should pay and the inclusion of your service.
Do what you love. It’s a simple mantra, but it holds so much power. When it comes to becoming a virtual assistant, this is especially important. As mentioned earlier, VA jobs are not easy. They require dedication, hard work, and a passion for what you do.
Before you dive headfirst into the world of virtual assisting, I would highly recommend trying it out part-time first. This will give you a taste of what to expect and help you determine if it’s the right fit for you. Virtual assisting may seem like an opportunity to work from home and relax, but in reality , it requires a strong work ethic and the ability to adapt to different tasks and clients.
One of the first steps to becoming a virtual assistant is gaining some knowledge. It’s true that some clients may offer low pay rates, especially for those with minimal experience. While accepting these offers may seem tempting at first, it’s important to remember the long-term implications.
When you accept a lowball offer, it not only undervalues your skills and efforts but also sets a precedent for other virtual assistants. Clients may assume that all Filipinos are willing to work for such low rates, which can be disappointing.
So there you go, be confident in yourself, apply the above tips, and you would get your desired offer. Happy freelancing!
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