What has motivated you to think of being a Virtual Assistant?

  • Do you want to be independent?
  • Do you have services to offer that you cannot do in your day to day work?
  • Do you simply want a challenge?
  • Are you setting up a family and want to work from home to be near the kids.
  • Are you sick of the rat race?

It is important for us to point out that Virtually Yours does not hire Virtual Assistants. Our Virtual Assistant Network is a support group which also provides access to jobleads. Any excess workload Virtually Yours administration has, goes straight to the members on the network, and all new inquiries go to our network members. If you are looking for support and access to jobleads, please read about our VYVA Membership.

  • Who are the people on your team?

    When we grow our businesses we end up growing our team to include a number of people who become valuable resources or contributors to our business. When learning about setting up a business, some of these terms can be a little confusing so I'm here to share a list of business contributor definitions.

  • It’s ok to say no. Why offering a service you aren’t strong in is bad for everyone.

    Starting a new business has so many learning curves and feelings of uncertainty. There are some things we need to learn as we go and other things we need to stop and learn before we implement.So many service offerings in the VA world also sound a lot easier than they are. Especially when they are advertised offshore for $5 an hour. I mean how hard could they be?

  • How the Universe sabotages our New Year’s resolutions.

    How the Universe sabotages our New Year’s resolutions. New [...]

How to become a Virtual Assistant from Home

Working from Home VAI participate in a lot of Facebook groups which focus on mums in business. The Virtual Assistant Industry is one that is predominantly full of women who want to work from home – a lot of those around children. So the concept of working as a VA comes up a lot in these groups. Want a new work from home business? Then be a VA! But is working from home as a Virtual Assistant right for you?

Providing support to business owners is serious stuff. Helping someone grow their business through administration, social media, writing, websites, reception, research, design and bookkeeping, just to name a few, are not the sort of things you’d want to do at a low standard and hand over to a business owner in return for money.

Yet all around the world, thanks to increasing access to the Internet, it would appear that every person with access to a computer, thinks ‘hey, this is the answer for me’. Well maybe it is. But maybe it isn’t.

The VA Industry is incredibly broad. The services offered within it are so varied it’s almost insane. And the quality of service across the industry is also extremely varied. Some people treat it as a hobby, some treat it as a job and some as a business. Some are amazing at it, and some truly suck.

So if you come to me and ask how to become a VA who works from home? This is the advice I will give you.

  1. If you don’t have great communication skills – don’t bother.
  2. If you can’t put your heart into the success of someone else’s business – don’t bother.
  3. If you aren’t willing to keep learning and training all the time – don’t bother and
  4. If you aren’t willing to network and do the hard yards – don’t bother.

Because when you start your business you will have to invest some time, energy and money in it. And if you don’t want to make the above points a priority, then you are wasting that time, energy and money. And for me personally? I don’t want to see you fail, but more than that I don’t want you diluting the quality of an incredible industry.

So if you want to really become a VA? A self employed VA? Here’s my key tips for you.

  • Make sure your communication skills are excellent.
  • Make sure you know why you want to do and what success will look like for you.
  • Put money, time and effort aside to keep learning and growing.
  • Network, network, network – online AND offline.
  • Work with people who know the industry and know how to make it work.
  • Master the skills and services you want to offer.
  • Take great pride in yourself and your clients’ successes.
  • Learn from your mistakes.

And above all, embrace the journey.

To be the best VA you can be, you should definitely check out membership at Virtually Yours. If you’re a great VA or have the intention to be one, come and join our VA family! 

When service providers forget they’re providing a service.

Have you ever had one of those days where everything is telling you that you shouldn’t be working? Like a little rock that starts rolling down a hill, collecting dirt until it becomes a boulder and if you don’t stop – you’re going to hit something hard!That’s me today. After getting this blog written, I’m checking out. Here’s why.

How do you start on the right foot with your clients?

Meeting and chatting to a client prospect can be a pretty intimidating or scary venture, and many VAs worry a lot about this part of business. That first meeting and the steps you take before, during and after it can make or break your business relationship.It’s important to know how you want your business to run. What your goals are, how you want to work, when you want to work and for how much money you want to work. Being clear on your objectives helps you work out the smartest and easiest strategies moving forward with finding, securing and maintaining clients – the right clients.Here are my 7 tips for starting off on the right foot with your clients:

Blurred Lines – VAs working with VAs

VAs are awesome. I just wanted to get that out right from the start. They are usually very giving of their time, knowledgeable and keen to keep learning. They have so many great attributes. But one area that they can lack strength in is setting boundaries. Frankly, they can be too nice.

AVAC – What a trip!

This year was the 9th AVAC and proof that it gets better every year. We were hosted by the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane, a lovely venue with friendly staff and beautiful, modern amenities.Fifty amazing VAs, plus guest speakers flocked to the venue for the 2 day event which started on Friday morning and finished Saturday afternoon.