Pricing is one of the top questions I get when it comes to becoming a virtual assistant. How do you know what to charge your clients? What if your pricing is too high or too low? Do you need to charge hourly or should you be charging a monthly flat fee?
When I started my virtual assistance business, I had a crapload of debt from a previous joint business venture that went terribly wrong. So, I didn't have a whole lot of money to invest in yet another business venture, but here are 7 crazy things I did to afford my virtual assistance business.
I booked out my virtual assistance business back in November of 2016, but before that happened, I definitely made a lot of mistakes. There are 10 mistakes I made before I booked out my virtual assistance business, that really stick out in my head.
For the last several months, I have been searching an app that can invoice, send contracts, and track time, but also be pretty at the same time! I'm so excited to tell you all about my new favorite invoicing, contract, and time tracker tool for virtual assistants because this one has replaced my long term love, 17Hats.
When new virtual assistants ask me where they can find their first clients, I say that the best placed to get virtual assistant clients is from Facebook. As I’m writing this blog post in 2017, Facebook is currently making a comeback with Facebook Ads, Facebook Groups, and more people using their personal Facebooks to network. Your potential clients are most likely on Facebook, woe-is-me-ing over the fact that THEY CAN’T FIND YOU!
Working as a virtual assistant means that you manage or work on tasks for your clients, most of which are time sensitive. Working for yourself means that you have to be disciplined to getting the work done and communicating when you do need help. When you have multiple clients, it can be difficult to manage all of them at once (on top of your own business goals!). Here are a few tips on managing multiple virtual assistance clients:
Freelancing can be great because we have the ability to set our own work hours and we can sleep in as long as we want, but if you’re anything like me, you’ve definitely had your nights where you typed away and then woke up at 2 in the afternoon, feeling like crap.
You’re spending so much time in front of your laptop, but nothing is getting done. You’re starting to feel restless, distracting yourself with anything else but the work that needs to be done. You’re feeling anxious with the upcoming deadlines. You’re unhappy. You’re burnt out.
I would be revved up and ready to go for Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then my birthday (you December babies know exactly why I made sure to include this!), then Christmas, then New Years', and then... exhaustion.
For the bulk of 2016, I was trying to grow my virtual assistance (VA) business and it was a giant guessing game. I was Googling and Pinteresting blog after blog post on “how to grow your virtual assistance business,” and the advice was either generic or vague.