New to the virtual assistant world? Welcome! Now is such a great time to be offering virtual assistant services with the influx of new bloggers and online business owners coming up. Talk about perfect timing to get started! 🙂
As a new virtual assistant, you’re likely researching tips and ideas to streamline your client processes and taking the time to learn new skills that’ll increase your chances of landing new clients.
So in this post, we’ll be going over tools and resources that helped me get my start as a virtual assistant + new content I’ve found that I wish I would’ve known about I was just starting out!
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Top Sites For VA Advice
Before I made the decision to become a virtual assistant, I actually spent a lot of time binge reading posts on horkeyhandbook.com. You can find just about everything from tips on pitching to picking out your top services. There are also tips on creating images, getting your branded VA website up and running, and tons of other posts that really get into the nitty gritty of becoming a VA.
Here are a couple of my favorite posts!
- Everything You Need To Know About Becoming A Virtual Assistant
- How To Become A Pinterest Virtual Assistant
Whenever Gina writes a ‘How To,’ post you can expect it to be the ultimate intro to a specific topic! Also, I love, love, love reading her student success stories!
Basically, Gina’s also the creator of the 30 Days Or Less To Virtual Assistant Success course, (which I’m a student of btw) and she shares her student’s success stories on her blog a couple times a month. They’re inspirational and have lots of tips on booking clients as well, so definitely check those out if you’re in need of some motivation! 🙂
It was late last year when I first came across Abbey’s site. And OMG guys! Each post is jam-packed with phenomenal advice. From tips on selling out your services to setting your rates as a VA, she covers all of the basics. Abbey also created a Facebook group for aspiring virtual assistant’s, so if that’s you, I’d highly recommend joining and connecting with other VA’s!
One of my favorite resources from TheVirtualSavvy? When you click on the Swag tab you’re redirected to a page where you can sign up for loads of helpful freebies.
One of the first sites I found early in my VA career, and also one of my faves. If you want to learn a skill, they’ve curated a list of free online courses you can take. Ranging from Facebook marketing all the way to accounting basics. They also have some great advice for improving your lifestyle as a VA and have a handy list of posts with recommended tools as well.
Not to mention, you can look for jobs and find potential new clients to work with on their jobs page. It’s pretty sweet!
Indigo is the queen of creating business systems and is an amazing person to learn all about optimizing client workflow from. Her branding and blog graphics are also total eye candy, so be sure to check out her site!
Helpful Courses + Resources
If you’re just getting started and still thinking about what services you can offer, I highly recommend signing up for this freebie! Using a list of profitable services you can offer is going to make the process of picking out your top offerings so much faster and easier!
I recommend this course to basically everyone I know who wants to become a VA because:
- It’s overflowing with value, but not overwhelming.
- After going through the course, I was able to land my first client within ~2 weeks and make my investment back within a couple of hours of client work.
This course was essentially what showed me that it was possible to make a living online. And for that, I think everyone who wants to build a thriving VA business should consider taking this course. When you sign up you’ll also get access to a private Facebook group where you can ask any questions that come up and get support from the other VA’s as well. Click here to enroll.
More of a recent find, the VA Crash Course is a great option for beginners who want to get their VA biz and procedures set up right from the get-go. In this course, Allie gives some awesome advice on booking clients through Facebook (and shows you the exact post she used to book 2 clients + 8 client leads), setting up your client onboarding process and other bonuses for the busy virtual assistant. When you enroll you’ll also get access to ConvertKit tech training, a new VA client contract, and advice on how to send a quote email. Click here to enroll.
Freshbooks: A super helpful tool for invoicing clients, bookkeeping, time tracking and keeping tabs on client projects. It’s just about everything you need finance wise and is an amazing software for all sorts of freelancers. Click here to sign up for a free trial to test run Freshbooks for your business!
Canva: One of my favorite and most used graphic design tools! It’s very user-friendly and there are hundreds of built-in templates you can use so it’s great for beginners.
Toggl: A free tool you can use to keep track of how much time you’re spending on client projects. I used this All. The. Time. when I was new to the game and found it mega helpful! Lewis from The Freelance Effect has an awesome review of Toggl here sharing its features and how they can be used – definitely give it a read if you’d like to learn more about this tool!
From blog posts to online courses, there are all kinds of resources out there aimed towards helping you start and grow a successful virtual assistant business. As well as tools that are available to help you streamline your client processes, so take your time and know that when you invest in your business you’re essentially investing in yourself. You rock!
Do you have a favorite VA resource? Let me know in the comments! 🙂