I received this e-mail from Andrea:
On my personal day off, I’ve been thinking about leaving my cubicle assistant job–where I’m basically working as assistant for a bank via a real-estate holding company–and making it a start-up business for myself. I want to become a virtual admin assistant with an added value of research assistant (so I can use my librarianship degree).
Any advice, such as your read of the market for such a business in this economic climate? Any insight is welcome!
Thanks for a very timely question, Andrea.
With the current economic crisis, many assistants are looking at becoming a Virtual Assistant as a hedge against unemployment. I’ll be honest and tell you that the field is very competitive at the moment with so many starting new businesses in this area. However, it is still a relatively untapped field, with many small businesses and entrepreneurs not yet understanding what a Virtual Assistant is and does, so there is definitely room for expansion in this field.
If you want to learn more about becoming a Virtual Assistant, here’s a couple of links that I’ve found very helpful:
I’ve found both of these communities to be extremely open, friendly, and helpful. You’ll learn a great deal from the veterans there about what it takes to start and maintain a VA business.