Question from an aspiring Virtual Assistant:
“I am interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant. I was laid off twice recently and it looks like I could do better working for myself. I’m honest, hardworking and have experience in secretarial and admin work. Are there any real companies out there willing to give me a chance?”
Answer by Lisa:
The fact is, in spite of a recession, there are countless businesses that are still continuing to operate. Not only are they still operating, some are very successful indeed. The media hardly ever mentions the numerous businesses that are growing and becoming even more successful during the recession. That’s because negative headlines are more newsworthy than positive ones.
The wheels keep turning, and businesses still need help with tasks that a Virtual Assistant can easily perform from their own office. Virtual Assistants are proving to be a godsend in times like these and will continue to be after the economy improves.
So yes, there certainly are companies out there that would be willing to give you a chance. I would do some research into suitable businesses and offer to work as an independent contractor i.e. as a Virtual Assistant, doing their secretarial and admin tasks.
Highlight the fact that you’re saving them money because they don’t have to pay you sick pay, holiday pay, benefits etc. You only charge by the hour when work needs to be done. Approach as many different companies/businesses as possible with a view to getting multiple clients. This way, you have multiple streams of income and are not reliant on one source of cash flow.
Start thinking like a business owner, not an employee. This is easier said than done, but the first step is to become aware of how you perceive yourself. You’re now an independent contractor who saves companies time and money.
Apart from approaching companies directly, start networking in your local community face to face. Remember, it’s all about relationships. Also, network online to get clients that way. The internet provides a wealth of opportunity to build relationships and positive word of mouth referrals.
Good luck! This is the perfect time to become a VA. It’s a recession-proof industry – you’re saving people money, you’re saving them time, and you’re contributing to getting the global economy back on its feet.
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