If my family hadn’t had a boost in income from my Virtual Assistant job over the last few years and in particular, the last few months, then I would hate to think where we would be at right now.
I can’t stress enough that working as a freelance Virtual Assistant needn’t be a full-time gig. You don’t have to give up your current job to do it. And you don’t have to do it forever.
Having a Virtual Assistant job is the perfect flexible way to boost your income either in the short term or the long term and through this blog, I will explain how you can make it work for you.
If you can offer a service someone needs, then you can charge for it
It’s as simple as that really! There is a misconception that working as a Virtual Assistant means being someone’s remote PA, available 9-5 every day of the week but the reality couldn’t be more different.
Virtual Assistants exist in all sorts of niches, covering all sorts of working hours and lengths of contracts, so no matter how much free time you have per week – whether it be 2 hours or 32 hours, there will be clients to fill it.
Analyse what skills you can offer
When I started freelancing, I was on maternity leave from my role as a regional trainer. I originally started looking at a freelance work site for freelance trainer jobs but after having a mooch through, found that actually I could do a lot of the admin projects which were being posted.
It started with a few one off tasks and then I scored a regular project which took me 4 hours per week. I would work either when my daughter napped or in the evenings. It was a great boost to our income of around £50 per week for the few months I was on maternity leave.
Have a think about what services you could offer on a freelance basis. I have compiled this list of 30 services to offer as a Virtual Assistant.
There are so many ways you can do this, from registering with freelance work websites to hitting up your family, friends and their networks for connections, plus everything else in between.
It’s not scary and it’s not difficult. It’s exciting and really straightforward once you know where to look!
Ensure that you are advertising whether you are available for short/long term hires and be up front about your working hours. If you are planning on working in the evenings, let the client know that any emails etc they send you during the daytime will receive a response in the evenings.
Why not check out my Virtual Assistant training for more information? I have an ebook on how to find clients for your Virtual Assistant business. Or join my mailing list to be the first to hear about my new course which will be going into it all in a lot more detail!
Are you itching to learn more?
My course on how to set up as a Virtual Assistant could be just what you need to get started! It ties everything up in a neat bow for you and will save you time going down internet rabbit holes in a quest for information. It’s also so reasonably priced that you will make the cost back in your first hour of freelancing!
No one is saying you have to quit your job to do this! When I left my trainer job at the end of my maternity leave, I went back into an events role which was my background prior to training and I am still in it 7 years later. It is for 17.5 hours per week and whilst it doesn’t afford me the same flexibility as my freelancing, it does offer stability and an excellent pension, which for our family’s personal circumstances are a winner! I count myself lucky every day to be able to have the best of both worlds.