How do I become a VA?

This is a question that is often asked by people via our contact form. Here is an example of the information we send them in reply:

Becoming a VA is a combination of making a decision and then acting on it.  Sounds simple, but that’s not always the case.  You do need to understand that being a VA means being self-employed. You won’t be an employee whereby someone gives you the work to do. You will need to actively network and market your business to gain clients.

Providing you have a good computer and decent printer at home, good internet connection and good office based skills, you have what it takes to be a VA. The next thing is to let people know you exist.

  1. The quickest ways to get clients are:
    • Join one or two Virtual Assistant Networks.  You’ll find some listed at https://www.avaa.asn.au/australian-va-networks/  Client requests will be sent to you and/or clients can contact you direct.
    • Start networking.  No business can live without having contacts; people who can refer business to you and people who can provide the resources you need.  There are sure to be business networks that meet in your own region which will put you in touch with potential and local clients.
  2. Develop an online presence. You can do this through the networks above and/or set up a simple website, a Facebook Page, or even a blog.  Make sure you get a domain and use an email address relating to that domain.
  3. Read as much as you can about being a VA.  Joining a couple of discussion forums for VAs is worthwhile.  The VA networks listed above often have forums attached to them.
  4. Do a VA course. Again, you will find courses attached to two of the VA networks listed on the page linked above.  There are also others available online that are run from the US and UK.

Hope this helps 🙂