Virtual Assistant

How to Become a Virtual Assistant: Everything You Need to Know

I didn’t set out on this path wondering how to become a virtual assistant. It kind of just fell into my lap. And I consider myself pretty darn lucky!

Call it a natural fit — after supporting the senior financial advisor I worked with for six years, VA work seems like the logical path to follow. I knew that the traditional career path wasn’t for me, I wanted to spend more time together as a family, control my own income and not have to answer to a boss.

Back then I was making decisions on the fly — learning the ins and outs of running my own business while working hard to support my young family. Thank goodness for my husband Wade! He took over the responsibility of managing our household and taking care of our then toddlers so mom could build her biz and bring home the bacon.

These days I’m still juggling a long-term client or two while also helping aspiring VAs to start and grow their own businesses. I spend a lot of time talking to new virtual assistants and speaking about the industry as a whole.

Whenever I host a webinar or am invited to be a guest on a podcast, the thing people resonate with the most is my personal story. They want to know how they can use my experiences to springboard their VA career — launching their own successful service-based business in the process.

In this post, I’m going to cover everything you need to know in order to follow in my footsteps. Outlining each of the individual steps required and pointing you in the direction of our best resources. By the time you get to the end, you should have a solid understanding of the steps you need to take and how you can get started today.

What Is A Virtual Assistant?

Although this industry is growing by leaps and bounds there are still plenty of people who don’t really understand what a virtual assistant is or how they can play a vital role in the growth of a business — both online and traditional brick and mortar.

Many people look at VAs as little more than executive assistants. But it’s more complicated than that! It’s true that in some circumstances we might be performing some of the traditional tasks associated with administrative work.

But the list of services that a VA can offer is amazingly diverse. And for this reason I created the following definition:

A virtual assistant is anyone who offers services to other business owners from afar in exchange for an agreed upon fee.


Pretty simple right? As you read through this post, you’ll quickly begin to understand why I decided to create such a broad definition.

What Services Does a Virtual Assistant Provide?


The second most common question we are asked revolves around the types of services that you can offer as a VA. The truth of the matter is that there is no cut and dry list of activities that a virtual assistant does.

We’ve compiled a list of 150+ common VA services that provide you with a great starting point. We also wrote a more detailed post that covers 50+ service options for you to consider. Depending upon your skills and interests, you’re almost guaranteed to find something that will appeal to potential clients. Here are a few examples:

  • Customer support
  • Processing online orders and refunds
  • Website design
  • WordPress maintenance
  • Graphic design and layout
  • Calendar management and travel arrangements
  • Content creation for blogs and ghostwriting
  • Editing and proofreading
  • Transcription
  • Content research
  • Keyword research
  • Email management
  • Bookkeeping
  • Data entry
  • Creating sales pages
  • Managing product launches
  • Performing outreach
  • Lead generation
  • Editing videos
  • Social media management
  • Project management
  • Community management and moderation

The list goes on and on! For many busy entrepreneurs, the greater the variety of tasks you can handle, the better (more on specialization versus general VA work later).

Services are one thing, but you might be wondering what skills do you need to become a virtual assistant?



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