Three Myths About Being a Virtual Assistant
The Virtual Assistant industry is a widespread, quickly growing job field. However, since the title “Virtual Assistant” can cover so many tasks and jobs, it is often prey to misconceptions.
When I moved 1200 miles from my hometown to a remote cattle ranch, I had NO idea what I would do for work. I had always wanted to work for a blogger, designer, illustrator or some individual or small business within the creative industry, but I had no idea how to get my foot in the door. I was shocked that when I stumbled my way into the world of being a virtual assistant and was finally able to work my dream job!
HERE ARE THREE MAJOR MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BEING A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT:
You can’t make very much money. While there is a wide range of what you can charge/be paid as a virtual assistant, you can definitely make an above-average salary as a virtual assistant! If you’re not convinced, you can read my post here about how I went from $0/month to $4000/month as a virtual assistant.
You only do administrative tasks. Virtual assistants cover ALL categories and spread across almost every industry. You can totally do administrative tasks if that is your bread and butter, but you can also work for graphic design agencies, photographers, start-up businesses, etc. Find a field that fits your strengths and talents and then market to the clients who fit what you’re looking for!
You are totally flexible and can do whatever you want, whenever you want. Now hear me out, one of the BEST parts of being a virtual assistant is that you work remotely and therefore do have incredible flexibility. However, you also have clients and so depending on what type of businesses you decide to work for, it may serve you well to still set business hours when your client knows they can reach you. The more clients you have, the more you will be reached out to even if you are traveling during the week, so be upfront about your work hours and schedule!
All in all, the most important part of being a virtual assistant is finding clients that fit your talents, goals, and personality well and then going above and beyond in your work for them! Enjoy the flexibility, but don’t take advantage of it to the point where it sacrifices positive relationships with your clients. If you’re interested in starting a virtual assistant business or want to know how to land your first client, schedule a one hour coaching call where we can unpack what kind of clients you want to work, how to expand your business, and answer any and all questions you have relating to the virtual assistant industry! Can’t wait to hear from you!