A quick phone call later to flesh out what the client wanted and I was in business. By Friday I had turned in my work and gotten paid $150. In just one week I had started a business and earned a profit. Now, it wasn’t a huge profit and certainly not going to change anyone’s life, but it gave me the confidence to keep going.
Over the next few months, I began to grow and expand this little freelance business. I was what one client called “a virtual assistant.”
I had never heard that phrase before and had no idea what it was. A virtual assistant is someone who remotely helps clients with whatever task they need help with.
I helped my clients with social media, copywriting, article writing, video editing, email marketing, workbook design, PowerPoint presentations. If I didn’t know how to do something I got a book from the library or watched some YouTube videos until I felt confident and then I added that service to my resume.
Here I am 9 years later with a thriving business (and employees!), making a consistent full-time income. It wasn’t easy. There was a lot of trial and error and during the first few years, I had no idea what I was doing.
I kept wishing I had a mentor to help me navigate these things. I wish I had someone to show me how to write a business plan, how to pitch clients, how to grow my social media platforms, and earn passive income. Over the years I taught myself these things, but I can’t help but wonder how much easier it would have been if I had someone to show me the ropes.
That’s why I wrote Just Start: The quick guide to launching your virtual assistant business. So that lost person on the internet looking to start their businesses could have a fast pass, a mentor to guide her, a step-by-step process to follow.
If you are interested in a step-by-step of how I used started my VA business and went from a $13 website to making $3,000- to $6,000 a month from home, highly recommend this book. The chapters are super easy to follow. And I offer tons of templates to help you find your perfect niche, write a business plan, find clients, perfect your pitch and develop a scalable income.