What does it take to be a VA?

by debra 6 replies
What does it take to make about 2 to 2500 a month as a Virual Assistant on a consistent basis?

Does it more likely take 4 clients or more?

And...how do you promote(or pimp...:rolleyes yourself in order to get the attention you need to acquire the clientel?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Grossman
    Maybe you should pretend you're in India, since a lot of the potential clients for VAs think overseas outsourcing first... :O
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    • Profile picture of the author Sarah Harvey
      There are tons of resources online on being a Virtual Assistant.

      Just google it.

      You have several sites where you can advertise yourself.
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      • Profile picture of the author debra
        Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post

        Maybe you should pretend you're in India, since a lot of the potential clients for VAs think overseas outsourcing first... :O
        Well, I speek native english and well versed in SEO. Content writing, html, script installs, coding, traffic generation system creation, website dev and a bunch other stuff I don't really brag about, like extreme keyword research. The only thing I don't do is programming...my experience is now to outdated.

        Will that help?

        Originally Posted by Sarah Harvey View Post

        There are tons of resources online on being a Virtual Assistant.

        Just google it.

        You have several sites where you can advertise yourself.
        I wish it were that easy. Google search on virtual assistents rendered a few expired domain links and a whole bunch of MFA sites. Not what I call a knowledge base. Maybe...I just get to technical about it.
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        • Profile picture of the author Sirius Lin
          A number of companies that provide VA are based in India or Pakistan. I think you should advertise the fact that you're based in USA so your potential clients (whom I'm assuming will be in USA as well) know that they can call you if they need and won't find you sleeping or something! Furthermore, you can emphasise the fact that you're a native English speaker. Not that I'm knocking non-native English speakers, but some people are willing to pay more based on that one fact alone.

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          • Profile picture of the author albionfie
            I have the same question in my mind, what it take to be a VA? & I am still in search of answer of this question as I have started working on elance and odesk etc but have not got very good response. I want to work on new channels and also want to get more stable work. I actually don't know, how to do this but I am still working, working and will keep on working.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    Originally Posted by debra View Post


    Does it more likely take 4 clients or more?
    Probably more than that since hard working, college degree-having workers from the Philippines with over 5 years experience can be hired directly for as little as $350 a month. That's around 208 hours of labor or less than $1.75 per hour.

    The better approach (assuming YOU are the one looking for a job instead of someone who's building a VA labor army and selling that labor) would be to specialize.

    VA work involving VIDEO EDITING or AUDIO EDITING can be VERY lucrative.
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