How Do I Start A VA Business?

Virtual assistants are self-employed, independent contractors. They work for themselves and make their own decisions about how to do their work. If you want to become a virtual assistant, you’ll need to decide what services you’ll be offering. You can start with just one type of service, and then expand over time as your business grows.

Will you only provide administrative, or writing and editing? Are you also interested in creative tasks like graphic design, web development and social media management? Or do you want to offer a blended approach, with some combination of these skills and more?

Becoming a virtual assistant doesn’t take much upfront investment. In fact, you already have everything you need: a computer with internet access. You also have skills that can be used in your business (or on your own). These skills are what will set you apart from other virtual assistants and give you an edge over your competition.

To start out, I recommend starting small so that you can learn the ins-and-outs of the business before expanding too quickly or getting overwhelmed by work. If this is something that interests you but seems overwhelming at first glance—like it did for me—then follow these steps:


  • Research other virtual assistants.
  • Search for Groups catered to VA’s
  • Look at other virtual assistants’ websites.
  • View their social media accounts.
  • Check out reviews they have received from clients.
  • See what services they provide and how much they charge for those services.
  • Know what you want to do.
  • Be organized.
  • Have a plan for getting paid, marketing yourself, and attracting clients.


Your business finances are a key part of growing your business. When you start out, it’s important to keep track of all income and expenses. You need to know how much money is coming in, as well as what you’re spending your profits on. This will help you make smart decisions about how much money you can invest in advertising and marketing, what kind of equipment and technology you need, and other important financial considerations that will help propel the success of your virtual assistant company into new heights.


Once you’ve decided on the type of virtual assistant business you want to run, it’s time to create a plan. 

  • Create a  plan: A well-written plan will help you get organized and give you an overview of your goals and how they fit into the larger picture.


  • Create a contract: Your clients need to know what services they can expect from you in order for them to feel confident hiring a VA. Make sure that both sides agree on all terms before starting any work together. This includes specifying tasks, timelines, payment methods, cancellation policies and more in one place so everyone’s clear about their responsibilities as well as what happens if things go wrong (or right).


  • Use payment processing software: Whether it’s Paypal or Stripe Connecting with customers is important for building trust between businesses—and having good payment systems makes it easier for both parties involved by facilitating trust between businesses—and having good payment systems makes it easier for both parties involved. 


Becoming a virtual assistant is an exciting way to take the skills and experience you already have and turn them into something that can help others. If this sounds like something that might interest you, there are plenty of resources available to get started with your own business.

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