Andrea Robinson struck out on her own and started a virtual assistant (VA) business after she left a corporate job. She went through a training program with Expert VA Training where she learned how to set up a business and target clients. Since then, she’s built www.TimeSavingVA.com into a thriving business that supports clients worldwide.
“Seeing my clients grow and succeed is the best feeling. I love knowing that I am a small part of their success. I free up their time to work on income-generating tasks while I do the time-consuming administrative and technical tasks for them.”
Being a virtual assistant comes with challenges, too. One is communication: emails can be easily misunderstood, she says. “I am very careful about interpreting and ‘reading’ into emails. Do not assume.”
Another challenge is finding clients who are a good fit. A consultation before you sign a contract with a new client can help determine whether you’ll work well together.
“For example, if you believe in a weekly planning call with your client, but during the consultation a potential client does not want calls, then they are not your ideal client and you are better off referring them to someone else,” she says.
Robinson says developing strong processes for projects is one key to her success. “My No. 1 tip is to put processes, procedures and systems into place to keep you organized. It could be something as easy as color-coding your calendar. Schedule everything on that calendar.”
Robinson recommends VAs attend webinars, classes and read blogs to develop new skills and interests.