Just because you have internet access, doesn’t mean you can be a virtual assistant

Why did you decide to become a virtual assistant?

Did you see an ad on Facebook that said, “Work from home as a VA and make $6,000 a month working only 10 hours a week!” or “Stay at home with your kids and make $4,000 a month on the side!”

I once saw a post on Pinterest that said, “Make $36,000 a year being a VA!” I read that article. Do you want to know how the author made $36,000/year? It was by working 40 hours a week.

If I wanted to work 40 hours a week, I’d go back to corporate America.

I’m going to be real and I’m going to be honest here:

Just because you have internet at home, does NOT mean you can be a virtual assistant.

See, there is a difference between being a VA who is a business owner and a VA who is a freelancer. If you’re a business owner, you’ve gone through the legal mumbo-jumbo of getting a business license, setting up as a corporation or LLC, etc. You’ve got a website and perhaps a team of people to help you run your business. You have a specialized skill set, have set rates and packages, and will usually work within a targeted market. You want your business to grow and see where it takes you.

A VA freelancer has basically set up a profile on Upwork and “bids” on project-based jobs. Their skills may be limited to basic admin (research, data entry, etc)

If you fall into the freelancer category, I’ve got a wake up call for you:

You’re not going to make $6,000 a month by working 10 hours a week with basic admin skills.

(*There are people who are on Upwork who make a lot of money. But they usually have advanced technical skills and more than likely work more than 10 hours a week.)

I belong to a few online VA groups and I see posts everyday asking, “How do I become a VA?

A few experienced VA’s will comment with suggestions, steps to take, ask questions to get clarification, and guess what? We never hear from the OP again. Why? Who knows. Maybe they fell off the Earth. Or maybe we scared them off by telling them it takes actual WORK to build a business.

To be a successful VA, it takes more than having internet. It actually involves having some experience in your niche. It also involves a lot of work, time, patience, research, and trial and error. And experienced VA’s can give advice all day long but unless you take it, you’re not going to get very far.

Unless you’re serious about creating a business and something awesome (and you didn’t just wake up one day and say, “I think I’ll be a VA. Looks easy!”), please don’t waste our time by asking for a bunch of advice that you’re never going to take.

If you want someone to tell you the step by step process on starting a business, there are VA’s who will do that — for a fee.