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VA in 48 Days, how to transition from office assistant to a virtual assistant...

Hello All!

I'm wondering if I could get some feedback on how to transition from an administrative assistant (in office) to an virtual assistant? 

Is anyone a VA? How did you land your job and can you tell me a little about it?

Has anyone hired a VA or multiple? Can you tell me what you look for and what skills are most important?

I have over 3 years assistance as administrative assistant and recently have been strengthening my skills with social media, Wordpress, Lead Pages and similar programs that I know many entrepreneurs use. I plan on marketing my skills according to the 48 Days to the Work You Love outline. Primarily contacting 30 or more businesses and entrepreneurs that I'm interested in and I know already do or would need a virtual assistant.

I realize this is a competitive market but I feel that if I clearly describe what I am really good at that I can prove my worth. However, I'm unsure which skills are the most marketable in this arena? 

Thanks all for your generosity!

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Sarah,

I love VA's and remote contract workers!  I've built my business having them as key parts of my team.  Reality is that not all the great people want to live in Kalamazoo, MI.

My advice would be to identify:

  1. What you love to do (Passion)
  2. What you are excellent at (Talent's)
  3. Who you want to work with (Ideal Buyer Persona)

General VA's who just want work can be found overseas for $400 a month.  I'm sure you don't want to compete with them.  Bring specific value to specific people.

All the best,  Tom

You are absolutely right Tom I do not want to compete with the overseas VA's and I know dealing with a specific issue that typically should be dealt with state is what I had in mind, things like timely Customer Service is something I've seen several entrepreneurs hire state side for. I guess I'm have trouble identifying what talents or skills I have that are marketable and in demand. Thanks so much for the feedback!

There is definitely a market for in country VA's. It's something I'm considering doing in the future (just not right now). Some people are not comfortable with hiring someone overseas. I had heard a couple on a podcast a few months ago that featured their business of a local VA provider. I wish I had more details, but you might look into getting on with a company that farms out VA work that they pull in. Only downside of that is they are taking a cut.

There are also plenty of other great podcasts out there like Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn that will help you build your business. I'm about to start implementing a lot of things I am learning from him to launch a new business in 2015.

Also, in regards to finding out what people actually need. I would try to reach out to as many startup and small business entrepreneurs as possible with a survey to find out what they actually need, rather than just guessing. https://www.surveymonkey.com allows you to crate free surveys and send them out. You could even post it here.

I love you survey idea Caleb! I will definitely have to give that a go! Thanks so much!!

I might be needing services within a few months that would possibly fit you for by business at www.Unuqus.com.

I'm sending you a friend request.

HI Luke,

Sorry I've been away from the group a while but I've committed to being a regular participant now. I checked out your site and it looks really interesting. I'd love to know what you are interested in hiring a VA to do and how I maybe able to help. I'm going to look for your friend request now. 

Thanks Luke!

Sarah Meek

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