How Do I Become a VA?

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Hey,

So I have been a member on this forum for a while now, i've spent a lot of time working online and trying various different MMO strategies. Currently I am building a business but it will be sometime before I see any profits from my efforts.

Over the years that I have been a member here the one thing I have noticed is that no one ever really touches on how to become a VA.

Why is that?

Becoming a VA is something I am really looking into right now because it would allow me a source of seed income (money to reinvest) while giving me the flexibility to continue my studies (I am currently in my last year at University) and the freedom to work from any location with an internet connection.

The problem is that I don't really know where to find employers. There are websites like elance but I have never had nothing but bad luck with the employers that I have worked with.

Where else can I search for VA positions to apply to? The Wanted section on WF does not have any listed but I really find it hard to believe that, out of the thousands of business owners in this community, no one is currently looking to hire someone to manage the day to day of their business so that they can focus on the big ideas that will allow them to continue growing their business.


Any ideas on how I can start my search?

Any advice or insight from other's that have walked this path is greatly appreciated

Cheers,
Gregg
  • Profile picture of the author Gene Pimentel
    Gregg, you're way overthinking this. You have skills to offer. There are thousands of marketers right here who need someone to help. Advertise what you have to offer. Find one client. Provide exceptional service, and ask them for referrals. Done. Rinse and repeat.
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  • Profile picture of the author petelta
    Gregg,

    I am looking for some new people to join my business. I would be interested in talking with you. Message me on Skype and we can talk about what we might be able to do.

    Travis
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  • Profile picture of the author TeamBringIt
    Originally Posted by Gclunis View Post

    Hey,

    So I have been a member on this forum for a while now, i've spent a lot of time working online and trying various different MMO strategies. Currently I am building a business but it will be sometime before I see any profits from my efforts.

    Over the years that I have been a member here the one thing I have noticed is that no one ever really touches on how to become a VA.

    Why is that?

    Becoming a VA is something I am really looking into right now because it would allow me a source of seed income (money to reinvest) while giving me the flexibility to continue my studies (I am currently in my last year at University) and the freedom to work from any location with an internet connection.

    The problem is that I don't really know where to find employers. There are websites like elance but I have never had nothing but bad luck with the employers that I have worked with.

    Where else can I search for VA positions to apply to? The Wanted section on WF does not have any listed but I really find it hard to believe that, out of the thousands of business owners in this community, no one is currently looking to hire someone to manage the day to day of their business so that they can focus on the big ideas that will allow them to continue growing their business.


    Any ideas on how I can start my search?

    Any advice or insight from other's that have walked this path is greatly appreciated

    Cheers,
    Gregg
    Odesk is a place, to look for VA type of work...Good luck on your venture Gregg!
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    • Profile picture of the author Gclunis
      Originally Posted by Gene Pimentel View Post

      Gregg, you're way overthinking this. You have skills to offer. There are thousands of marketers right here who need someone to help. Advertise what you have to offer. Find one client. Provide exceptional service, and ask them for referrals. Done. Rinse and repeat.
      Yeah you are probably right in that regard haha. I do tend to over think things massively at times. I was looking for more of a steady VA position rather than freelancing though. Freelancing is great and I have done it with great success in the past but it requires a lot of time spent developing yourself as a business. Time which I would much rather spend developing my actual business model.

      Originally Posted by petelta View Post

      Gregg,

      I am looking for some new people to join my business. I would be interested in talking with you. Message me on Skype and we can talk about what we might be able to do.

      Travis
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      Originally Posted by TeamBringIt View Post

      Odesk is a place, to look for VA type of work...Good luck on your venture Gregg!
      Thanks buddy i'll check it out. I've been on ODesk before but assumed it was similar to elance so I never actually gave it a shot.
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  • Profile picture of the author onqdirector
    Originally Posted by Gclunis View Post

    (I am currently in my last year at University)
    I am hiring VA's that are Wordpress and Graphic Design Savvy. However your profile says New York, NY but I can tell you first hand that us New Yorkers would never say "at University" we would say "in college" .... This makes me feel suspicious about you, why did you feel the need to lie about your location? Maybe you're not lying and your a foreign student studying in NY?

    Anyway, VA jobs, odesk, elance, onlinejobs.ph try these out...
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    • Profile picture of the author DTGeorge
      Originally Posted by onqdirector View Post

      I am hiring VA's that are Wordpress and Graphic Design Savvy. However your profile says New York, NY but I can tell you first hand that us New Yorkers would never say "at University" we would say "in college" .... This makes me feel suspicious about you, why did you feel the need to lie about your location? Maybe you're not lying and your a foreign student studying in NY?

      Anyway, VA jobs, odesk, elance, onlinejobs.ph try these out...
      I'm really not sure why you feel the need bring this up to be honest?
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      • Profile picture of the author Gclunis
        Originally Posted by onqdirector View Post

        I am hiring VA's that are Wordpress and Graphic Design Savvy. However your profile says New York, NY but I can tell you first hand that us New Yorkers would never say "at University" we would say "in college" .... This makes me feel suspicious about you, why did you feel the need to lie about your location? Maybe you're not lying and your a foreign student studying in NY?

        Anyway, VA jobs, odesk, elance, onlinejobs.ph try these out...
        Haha to be completely honest with you I have spent the last half of a year on n exchange program in Australia. I got very used to calling it "Uni" because "college" means something else.

        Force of habit but I can assure you that I am from New York.

        I'll send you a PM in regards to your hiring.

        Originally Posted by Demetrius View Post

        You can look at this forum Wanted - Members Looking To Hire You where warriors are looking to hire people. Also, there are a lot of VA jobs at oDesk. You will have to create account there, look for the appropriate job posting. Apply for the position, wait for the reply. Not necessarily you will be selected at every job but it does hold a lot of opportunity.
        Thanks for the tip. Will definitely be looking into oDesk.

        Originally Posted by DTGeorge View Post

        I'm really not sure why you feel the need bring this up to be honest?
        Yeah I am a bit confused as to why that made me "suspicious" but oh well haha
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    • Profile picture of the author helen jones
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      Originally Posted by onqdirector View Post

      I am hiring VA's that are Wordpress and Graphic Design Savvy. However your profile says New York, NY but I can tell you first hand that us New Yorkers would never say "at University" we would say "in college" .... This makes me feel suspicious about you, why did you feel the need to lie about your location? Maybe you're not lying and your a foreign student studying in NY?

      Anyway, VA jobs, odesk, elance, onlinejobs.ph try these out...
      University is something else than college, a level above it. Just saying...
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      • Profile picture of the author JeanneLynn
        Originally Posted by helen jones View Post

        University is something else than college, a level above it. Just saying...
        I think everyone knows the difference between a university and a college, but he's talking about something else. In NY, we don't say, "at University." That's how foreigners phrase it. Like how Americans say, going "on vacation," vs people from other countries saying they're going "on holiday."
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        • Profile picture of the author Gclunis
          To everyone still discussing the fact that i said "at University" rather than college...I have already explained that I spent the last 5 months saying "at Uni" while studying abroad in Australia. I just recently got back to the states so it has become kind of a habit.

          I'm not sure why any of this was something to be discussed in the first place as it has literally NOTHING to do with the OP.

          To DubDub

          There are many VA positions that are targeted towards native english speakers. To generalize the entire field as being "for people living in developing nations" seems a bit ignorant but you are entitled to your own opinion on the subject.

          To Vinny

          Cheers for the link buddy. Will check it out


          Thank you for all of the advice from those who offered it. To the rest, well...thanks for the conversation


          Gregg
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  • Profile picture of the author Demetrius
    You can look at this forum Wanted - Members Looking To Hire You where warriors are looking to hire people. Also, there are a lot of VA jobs at oDesk. You will have to create account there, look for the appropriate job posting. Apply for the position, wait for the reply. Not necessarily you will be selected at every job but it does hold a lot of opportunity.
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  • Profile picture of the author curationsoft
    you can ask our fellow warriors here and offer them what you can do
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    • Profile picture of the author andrewapple
      There's also the options of applying to companies that have a team of VAs to meet their clients needs.

      Companies like: Zirtual, Fancy Hands, and Red Butler.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    There are plenty of virtual secretaries over on FIVERR, but it is hard to compete on price. Well, up front you should explain what your rate is. For example, 15 minutes per gig.
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    • Profile picture of the author teresarothaar
      Originally Posted by seobro View Post

      There are plenty of virtual secretaries over on FIVERR, but it is hard to compete on price. Well, up front you should explain what your rate is. For example, 15 minutes per gig.
      That's the problem I see with doing VA work. Most VA work is offshored these days. Foreign VA's will work 40 hours a week for only $300-$500/MONTH. That's why most companies don't even hire secretaries anymore; they can get an entire month (or more) of full-time work from a foreign VA for the cost of only one week of hiring an on-site secretary.

      The money just isn't there. You'd be better off doing manual labor gigs on Craigslist. Loading boxes on and off trucks generally pays about $10.00/hour.
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  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    Originally Posted by Gclunis View Post

    no one ever really touches on how to become a VA.

    Why is that?
    Because VA work is for people who live in developing nations. Do you as an American really want to work for $2 a day?
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    • Profile picture of the author VinnyBock
      You should try Hire Freelancers & Find Freelance Jobs Online - Freelancer.com

      I would just browse available projects there, (there's 1000's) when you see projects posted that require your skill set, just bid those jobs...

      If you spend an hour or 2 a day bidding jobs on freelancer, you should be able to close a few...
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