The Ultimate Techie Mentor Guide: How To Start A Virtual Assistant Business In 2021

So, you’re wondering how to start a Virtual Assistant business – congrats! Now is a great time to begin since the online business world is growing by leaps and bounds. More and more people are realizing the benefits of working remotely and the freedom it provides.

The Virtual Assistant Industry is the support backbone for millions of online business owners and as the online business world grows so does the demand for skilled professional Virtual Assistants.

The VA Industry Is Moving Away From Being Admin-Based

Did you know that the VA Industry is made of many different skillsets even though many people believe that a VA is “someone offering administrative services remotely”? I still see people defining it that way and I have to say it’s incorrect. In fact, the VA Industry is moving away from being “admin-based” as more and more online business owners need help with the technology that runs their business. They can do their own admin work but they can’t manage all the other moving pieces.

So… just realize that the industry is diverse and welcomes anyone who wants to offer their expertise as a service to online businesses. It doesn’t matter what services you plan on offering in your VA business. The systems you need to run your business are the same. If your goal is to have a profitable and sustainable business that gives you the freedom and flexibility you’re after, then the first thing you need to do is make sure you have a solid foundation for your business.

The Key To Business Success Is A Solid Foundation

That means you have to implement the key business systems that form the structure and foundation to create a successful business. There is NO structure when you start a Virtual Assistant business – or any other business – it’s a blank slate. You need to design and build it from the ground up which starts with the foundation.

I struggled when I started and had to create and implement my business systems all by myself since there was no “VA Systems Training” that I could find back in 2009. The trial-and-error method is a hard way to do anything especially build a business that you want to thrive and succeed in the long term. I want to share a few of them to help you on your journey on how to start a Virtual Assistant business along with simple strategies that made a huge difference in my success.

Let me give you an overview of the must-haves on how to start a Virtual Assistant business.

How To Start A Virtual Assistant Business Step 1: Your Mindset

  • Know what to expect
  • Don’t collect gurus
  • Know what it takes
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Take action

I write about these points in my blog post Setting Up A Virtual Assistant Business. Don’t miss reading it if you feel that your mindset may be holding you back.

How To Start A Virtual Assistant Business Step 2: Have A Business Plan

It’s important to understand what it takes and how to start a Virtual Assistant business with the right expectations. I’m not trying to scare you; I’m just being honest. It’s not a walk in the park. Regardless of what you see on social media, you can’t start a profitable and sustainable business in 30 days with no skills, time, or money.

You need to be realistic and remember it’s always harder at the beginning. You’ll get confused, overwhelmed, and frustrated, it’s all part of the process. If you want it bad enough, you’ll continue to work through these temporary feelings.

Then you’ll need to have a strategy and a plan for the how and the what of setting up your VA business. I’m sure you’ve heard that old phrase – fail to plan and you plan to fail. It’s true. And this is a step so many people just skip over…they dive right into the deep end of things without any structure or plan of how they’re going to achieve this dream.

At a bare minimum, you need to know how much time, money, and energy you have to invest in setting up your business. Do you know? This is why you should have a VA Business Plan that helps you gather your thoughts and start creating an action plan that shows you what you need to do and how to start a Virtual Assistant business in a manageable way.

Get more details about how to create your VA Plan in this blog post: Your Virtual Assistant Business Plan. It deep-dives what to include in your plan along with a done-for-you template to help you get started. I cover:

  • Do your research
  • What is your why
  • Investing
  • Your schedule
  • How much do you need to earn
  • Your service offerings
  • Your target or niche market 
  • Your perfect day
  • What do you need

How To Start A Virtual Assistant Business Step 3: Key Business Systems

A business is nothing more than a set of systems that work together with technology to run and automate your business. When you start your business there are no systems or structures until you create and implement them. It’s a blank slate.

But… if you’ve never built a business before how do you know what systems or structure you need? Well… I can help you with that. There are 4 key business systems every online business should have, including yours.

  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Delivery
  • Operations

Each one of these systems is crucial and they work together to form the foundation of a successful business. You can get more details about these key business systems in my blog: Key Business Systems for VAs. I talk about what the systems are and why you need them including:

  • Why you need them
  • What each one does
  • How they work together

How To Start A Virtual Assistant Business Step 4: Business Operations

The four key business systems I mentioned in step 3 are crucial for ANY online business but there are also specific systems for Virtual Assistant businesses. These systems are part of the overall key business systems and are what most VAs do on a day-to-day basis so I wanted to call them out specifically.

You know things like:

  • Doing client work
  • Checking your email
  • Looking for clients
  • Running your business

Do you have systems in place for these? Are they automated using technology? Systems create repeatable processes. They focus on being efficient and effective and looking professional to your clients and prospects. They also allow you to focus on enjoying life instead of working all the time! Systems = Freedom!

Get more details about the VA business systems in my blog: VA Business Operations. It deep-dives what the day-to-day systems you need including:

  • Client Management
  • Task Management
  • Email Management
  • Business Management
  • Prospect Management

Well, that’s The Ultimate Techie Mentor Guide: How To Start A Virtual Assistant Business In 2021. Has it helped you? Do you have questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading – Susan

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Written by Susan Mershon

Susan Mershon started The Techie Mentor™ in 2013 to teach Virtual Assistants her no-fluff approach to the systems and skills they need to build and automate a successful business.

With a strong base in project management, Susan brings her love of systems and teaching to offer in-depth training and mentoring to new and experienced Virtual Assistants.

She’s taught over 5,000 students her unique systems and strategies that focus on offering high-end skills that give you the freedom to work when and where you want.

To learn more about The Techie Mentor™ and the systems and skills she teaches without all the fluff or hype go to The Techie Mentor website.

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