How to Earn $1000 a Month as a Virtual Assistant
Quick question: Does your Virtual Assistant career feel like it’s stuck in rut? Are you wondering how you can spice things up and probably earn more? Do you have a plan of action in place or you do just take any path that your work points you to?
Virtual Assistant can be a hugely rewarding career. According to ZipRecruiter, top-rated V.As raked in $68,500 in annual salary in 2019. It’s not uncommon to find companies offering to pay $30 -$60 hourly rates for Virtual Assistant positions.
Such rates, combined with perks such as flexible, location independent working schedule makes virtual assistance a to-die-for career. On the downside, though, these perks attract thousands of other prospective V.As and this drives the competition through the roof.
So, what magic wand do top Virtual Assistants employ to remain on top regardless of the competition?
The truth is top dollar Virtual Assistants leverage on proven processes that keep them on top regardless of the competition. And you can too. In this guide, I break down the process that I have leveraged on to become a full time, top-rated V.A on Upwork.
The Basics- Setting the Stage to Becoming a Top V.A
A virtual assistant is a critical element in a business. If they act average and indifferent, a company suffers both the short term and long term. Great Virtual Assistants:
Have a keen eye for details
Have time management skills
Have great organizational skills
Are experts in their areas of service
Are highly professional and motivated
A Break Down of the Strategy to Earning $1000 Monthly as a V.A
Creating Social Proof
To convince top companies or clients to hire you and pay top dollar rates, you must project yourself as an experienced, professional V.A who delivers value on any project they are working on.
One way to impress the hiring team is backing your pitches with social proof. Social proof is, basically, any endorsement that backs you as a professional who delivers value for money. Social proof may be in the form of certification by professional training bodies, being featured in the top publication, and even receiving awards in your line of work.
If you haven’t been featured on blogs or earned accolades as yet, don’t fret. A good way to earn social proof as a V.A is getting certified in your area of specialization. Wondering where you can get certified? Check out these established V.A online training centers:
Don’t stop at certification. After all, there are probably hundreds of other V.As with superficial certificates. Another way to impress potential clients is by sharing your milestones with them when pitching. Have you been hired by Upwork as a social media manager? Let them know. Are you currently contracted a fortune 500 company? Make prospective clients aware.
Pro-tip: never ‘cook’ such milestones or certifications. If you do, the quality of work you deliver will betray you and sound the death kernel for your fledgling V.A career.
Curate List of Prospective Clients
Many Virtual Assistants, whether new or established, struggle with prospecting for potential clients. All this is because getting clients entails marketing yourself, and most people either hate or struggle with marketing.
Here’s a simple process I have leveraged on to get my feet in the doors of prospective clients:
1. Reviewing web pages
When prospecting for new clients, I often peruse through web pages to see areas that I can offer my expertise. If I uncover any areas that I can be of help, I often make short reviews and email the same to the copywriters, webmasters, and social media managers.
While I may have to send many pitches before getting a client, such pitches have often resulted in long term working relationships and, of course, good money in my wallet.
2. Networking groups
Seek and join groups where other virtual assistants and potential clients hang out. I have met some of my past clients through Face book and LinkedIn groups.
Besides this, you commit to working for other established Virtual Assistants. This is especially helpful for new V.A s that are getting their feet wet in this field. You won’t only learn the ropes to becoming a top virtual assistant but you will end up create valuable bonds with your clients.
3. Clients through a blog
A blog can be a beneficial tool in attracting high paying clients. Through a blog, you have a chance to showcase your skills and knowledge and probably influence a high paying client to contact you.
A case study showing how you helped a certain business solve a certain problem showcases your abilities, systems, and tools that you use to help businesses.
Establish a Cold Pitching Schedule
In stage one; you curated a list of potential clients you’d want to get in your fold. At this second, your aim is to craft and send pitches that convince those clients to hire you.
So, how many pitches should you send out in a day?
Well, if you do not have enough clients, then pitching should be a daily activity. For consistency, develop a pitching schedule where you send a set number of pitches on a daily basis. The pitches can be as few as ten a day fifty or more. Of importance, ensure every pitch leaks off professionalism and enthusiasm to increase the odds of getting hired.
Deliver Better than Expected Results
Aah! You have finally been hired. It’s time to celebrate! No!
This is the stage where you either make or break your V.A career. If your aim is just to get finished and earn the dollars, there is a good chance the client will also ‘finish’ with you.
That’s why you should work on each project like your tomorrow depends on it: because it does. The value for money, enthusiasm, and professionalism should be evident in the work that you finally deliver. If you are Mr. /Mrs. Awesomeness in the work you deliver, you’ll definitely be that V.A that every business is after.
Consistency and Credibility
Once you have successfully completed a project, you have earned trust from the client. There is a good chance to get a second job from them. ‘
You now have a heavier responsibility. You have to deliver awesome results but which are still consistent with your earlier delivery. This, in essence, means you cannot go outsourcing the client’s projects just because you earned their trust. If you do, ensure the final product closely mirrors the first delivery. Else you may end up tanking on just the second delivery.
Follow Up on Prospective Clients
Prospective clients probably receive hundreds of applications in a day. It’s hard to stand out from such a herd.
However, employing a follow-up plan can help salvage some pitched that could otherwise have been ignored. I often employ a 3-7-7 follow up where I first enquire if the client got my email if three passes without a response. I send another follow up six days later and the last a week from the second follow up.
Virtual Assistant is a rewarding career that allows you to have an improved life-work balance. But as with any career, you need a strategy that catapults you above the competition. Such a strategy keeps you going even when business seems slow and earnings dip.
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