Today’s we have a guest post from James Mowery of Laptop Computers.
Working as a virtual assistant sounds like an easy way to make money working from home. In reality, it can be a roller coaster ride between times when you have too much work and times when you don’t have any at all. There are a few things that you can do to help your virtual assistant career become a little more predictable from month to month.
Make sure that you have access to several different clients that are unrelated. Doing work for different clients protects you from the panic if work from one client should begin to dwindle away. Don’t overextend yourself, but try to find a balanced way to create backup plans in case you happen to lose a client unexpectedly. There are many reasons that jobs come and go, and the best way to stabilize your career is to give yourself plenty of options.
The first step to building a successful business as a virtual assistant is to be reliably available. Set a schedule that works for you and your employer, and don’t deviate from that schedule. Your employer needs to feel that you are always available during business hours for any task that might need to be done. If you seem unreliable or are out of contact for long periods of time, your employer’s confidence in your work will deteriorate very quickly. Since you don’t have the luxury of face to face conversations, you have to foster a good working relationship through phone conversations and e-mail correspondence. Trust is more difficult to build when there is no personal interaction.
The biggest obstacle to a successful virtual assistant career is finding employers in the first place. The idea of a virtual assistant is relatively new to the business world, so it is up to you to explain to prospective employers how the position works and why it is beneficial for both of you. You can use the internet as a valuable marketing tool to get your name and business noticed by more employers. Since a virtual assistant is not bound by geographical boundaries, you can market yourself to executives all over the country or even around the world. Create and maintain a polished, well organized web site that advertises your services and details your expectations as a virtual assistant. If you appear competent and organized online, an employer will believe that you are competent and organized in the office as well.
About the author: James Mowery is a computer geek that writes about technology and related topics. To read more blog posts by him, go to laptop computers.