Are you cut out to be a Virtual Assistant? 6 Questions you MUST ask before taking the Plunge

Have you ever thought about becoming a Virtual Assistant? Do you like the idea but you're not really sure what's involved? Yes? Then this post is for you!

I'm really excited to welcome Sharon, who has a thriving business as an Executive Virtual Assistant, to the blog today to tell us what you really need to know about becoming a Virtual Assistant....

Are you cut out to be a Virtual Assistant?

It seems like an easy job right? I mean everyone has a computer and can post stuff on Facebook can’t they?

There is also the lure of working from home, I mean who doesn’t love working in their PJs, setting their own hours and avoiding a long commute to work!

For mums who are at home with their little ones, being a VA (Virtual Assistant) can seem like a dream job.

Wikipedia defines a Virtual Assistant as someone who is self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office {}. Which doesn’t exactly narrow it down a lot.

Typically VAs perform a diverse range of tasks – general admin, social media management, graphic design, copywriting, bookkeeping, web design/ maintenance, marketing…you name it and you can probably find a VA who does it.

The term VA is used internationally and I am not sure when we first started using it but I still generally have to explain to most people “what I do” which is usually met with “oh that’s cool!”

And it is. I love my job, not necessarily because I am a VA but because I have clarity on who I work with and what I do.

The women that I work with, heart-led women with passion of their own and the work I do, copywriting, bookkeeping and social media is the stuff that makes my heart happy.

When I started out as a VA I purely needed a “job” I could do at home with my 2 boys. I needed to escape from my previous business of family day care and do something that didn’t involve nappies and tantrums.

Now I have a “business” and a career that I am passionate about but this only happened in the last year.

Have you considered being a VA? Do you think the lifestyle would suit you and you have a passion that you could work on from home?

Here are my top considerations when you are thinking of setting up your own VA business...

The Problem with Blog Content Upgrades that No-one Ever Tells You!

You can't turn a virtual online corner these days without being told about the wonders of content upgrades. And I agree that they're brilliant! I love to use the ones downloaded from my favourite bloggers and I love creating the worksheets and guides to give to you.

But I offer mine a little bit differently from the standard advice. Most people will tell you to have your content upgrades available only to subscribers. So your readers only get the goodies in exchange for their email addresses. 

I like to give some of mine away for free! As in totally free free.

3 Reasons I give away content upgrades for free

I treat you as I like to be treated

As a blogger growing my own email list, i totally see the advantage of getting readers to sign up to get their hands on content upgrades. But, as a blog reader, I hate having my email address held to ransom! 

If I've only just come across a blogger, I don't want to have to sign up for their email list straight away. So I don't expect you to either!

I don't want to lose out on subscribers

In the scenario I just mentioned, there is a pretty good chance I won't sign up to a new blogger's email list just to get one content upgrade.

I can't be the only one who thinks like that. There are new readers' discovering your blog every day and they don't knows if you're worthy of their email address.

So I give away examples of my content upgrades and then when you've seen how useful they are, then I ask you to sign up to get some more! 

I want subscribers who actually chose to be subscribers

I don't want people on my email list who just signed up for one freebie and then might not open another email from me ever again! 

I want you to sign up because......