Virtual assistant 101 – everything you need to know to start your own business

Virtual assistants are in high demand, and if you’re looking to start your own VA business, this article will walk you through the basics of what it takes. I’ll cover topics like how to find clients and manage your time while working with them. I’ll also talk about some other important aspects of running a successful VA business: from choosing the right tools for your work to getting started on the right foot (and staying there).

The basics of starting a virtual assistant business

  • What is a virtual assistant?

A virtual assistant (VA) is someone who provides administrative or other services to clients remotely. VAs can work from anywhere in the world, as long as they have access to reliable internet and technology. You can be sitting on a beach in Thailand one day and working from home the next, all while earning money!

  • What do virtual assistants do?

VAs offer a range of services including customer service, email management and social media management. They also help with project management, marketing campaigns and research projects. Some VAs specialize in specific areas such as accounting or travel planning; others offer generalist services that include everything from finding new clients for you through to organizing your office space at home when necessary!

Getting clients and managing your time

This is where the rubber meets the road. You need to be able to manage your time, set goals and deadlines, stay focused on those goals and keep motivated.

To get clients you will need an effective marketing strategy. This will help you stand out from other VA’s in your area or niche and attract clients who are looking for someone like you specifically (which is why it’s important that you define what makes YOU unique). It also helps if your services are easily accessible online so people can find them easily when they search Google or social media sites like Facebook groups for example!

Once you’ve got some clients (or even just one), make sure that when working with them there are clear expectations about what work needs doing by when so both parties know where they stand at all times – this should include payment details too if using an hourly rate system rather than fixed price projects etcetera…

Finding the right tools for your VA business

One of the first things you’ll need to do is set up an online platform for your virtual assistant business. This will allow you to manage all of your clients, projects and tasks from one place. Here are some options:

  • Trello – A free tool that allows users to create boards for different projects, assign tasks and due dates, share information with other team members and more. You can also add boards for specific clients or types of work (such as social media). Trello has mobile apps for iOS and Android devices so that you can access it on-the-go!
  • Asana – Similar in functionality to Trello but more advanced; it has project management features like task assignment but also includes calendar integration so that everyone knows when they’re supposed to be working on what project at any given time! Asana also allows teams outside ones’ own company (i.e., freelancers) access into their account via “team memberships” feature

If you are interested in launching your own virtual assistant or freelance business, this article will provide you with the basics. 

If you are interested in launching your own virtual assistant or freelance business, this article will provide you with the basics. A virtual assistant is someone who provides administrative support remotely. A remote worker is someone who works from home or another location outside of their employer’s office.

Virtual assistants (VAs) do everything from scheduling appointments to managing social media accounts and creating content for websites. You can specialize in one area of expertise, or become a jack-of-all-trades type of VA who can do anything that comes along.

There are many benefits to working as a VA, including:

  • Flexibility over when and where you work;
  • Lower costs associated with starting up due to lower overhead costs such as rent/mortgage payments;
  • The ability to make money while traveling abroad if needed; * Having control over what type of clients/projects come into play each day – this way it won’t feel like drudgery!


I hope this article has given you a good idea of what it takes to start your own virtual assistant business. It’s not easy, but it can be done if you have the right tools and mindset. Remember that nobody knows everything and nobody starts out perfect; even the most experienced VAs have had their share of mistakes along the way!. The key is just to keep learning from others’ experiences so that hopefully someday soon (maybe even tomorrow), when your name comes up in conversation among friends or colleagues who ask “Hey, how did you get started?” they’ll hear something like “Well…it all began when…”


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Una publicación compartida por Gabriela | Business Coach | Freelancer VA | UX Designer (@virtualassistantbusinessblog)

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