Virtual Assistant…A Great Career Option for Single Moms

by golda on November 28, 2011

Virtual Assistant…A Great Career Option for Single Moms
By Golda Smith
 
As a single mother, I understand the desire to look for more ways to bring money into the household without sacrificing precious time with my children. With that being said I truly believe that becoming a specialized virtual assistant (VA) is the way to achieve both.
 
It seems the buzz of this period is “virtual assistant”. I mean all you really need is a good internet connection and phone…bare bones and you can start to acquire clients. If you have been doing some research on virtual assistant positions you’ve probably noticed that it’s a very broad term.
 
As a virtual assistant your main tasks are to help your clients save time, save money and increase productivity. Anything from basic administrative tasks like managing a calendar to something more specialized like creating an auto-responder series all qualifies as something you can offer your client as a virtual assistant.
 
As a VA you can earn on average $25 to $35 per hour. Can you earn more? Absolutely! If you want to command higher prices for your services, you are more than welcome to do so just remember…
 
The marketplace pays for value. You increase your value by increasing your skills!
 
So the question you need to ask and answer for yourself is, “what skills can I increase?”
  • Writing emails/autoresponders?
  • Website development?
  • Creating standard operating procedures?
  • Event planning?
  • Bookkeeping?
  • Transcription?
  • Video editing?
  • Keyword research?
  • Medical billing?
  • SEO? 

The list can definitely go on, so I hope that you understand that you are only limited by the limits of your creativity.

The more skills you can offer your clients, the more you can charge per hour or per project. You have to know that you are worth it and if you’re truly helping your clients make more money by handling those tasks which you excel at, they will gladly retain your services.
 
I gave you a very brief list, something to get you thinking. Don’t feel that you have to know how to do all or even half of these tasks. Pick one or two that you want to specialize in. It’s better to master one than to dabble and be weak across the board. By specializing in one or two areas you can market yourself as the go to person. You can also sub-contract work to other VA’s…just something to think about.
 
Why become a virtual assistant?
 
Besides the very low overhead needed to start your business and 30 second commute to your office, being a virtual assistant allows you the opportunity to earn a great income without the frustration of long commutes, paying for childcare, working with . In addition, with the job market being what it is, many single moms are less than a pay check from having to choose between either paying a utility bill or credit card late.
 
Approximately three months ago, this single mom…YES me, started a virtual assistant business. I started with one client and since then I’ve acquired more work and increased my rates. My blog, which mentions nothing about being a virtual assistant, impressed my soon to be clients. Tip number one…you need a blog. Not just any blog, I highly suggest a self hosted wordpress blog.
 
Tip number two…align your business with your goals. Of course that requires you to know what your goals are. Is it to earn an additional $1000 per month so that you can pay for music lessons, spend more time with your child and have extra money in the emergency savings account? How many clients do you need and what services can you offer to make that happen? Don’t want to work late nights or weekends? I’ll say it again…align your business with your goals!
 
The holidays are here and 2012 is right around the corner. What do you want your life to look like? Being a virtual assistant may not be for everyone. I think it’s the single mothers answer to starting a rewarding business without a huge financial investment, making every day “casual Friday” and enjoying all those school functions that you’d otherwise miss if you were in a traditional job.
 
 
 
 
 
Golda Smith is a single mom who is building her "Business From The Kitchen Table" and enjoys working with other moms to get them into the happy zone and living the lives they were meant to live! She has a FREE report entitled “5 Ways To Talk To People About Your Business Without Ever Picking Up The Phone”. Don’t listen to another dial tone, get this NOW!

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1 Adam Clarke November 29, 2011 at 9:43 am

This is an excellent idea for single moms. Since they need to be around the children. I originally started my site and online business to become a stay at home dad. I don't like the idea of both parents working since then you miss out on raising your children! Maybe someday I will look into employing some virtual assistants to create these kinds of opportunities for people who need them.

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2 Shirley Miller November 29, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I like  your site and think your front page article is well written.  If you're looking for a back link, I'd love to hear from you.
Shirley

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3 Christopher Campbell November 30, 2011 at 11:29 pm

This is a cleverly written article for single moms. Not only you explained the tasks of being a virtual assistant but you also expounded on the pros and cons of doing it.
Hiring virtual assistants is a great solution especially for employers who does not need a full time assistant at the work site. This makes it a win-win solution for both parties.

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4 Sasi Kumar
Twitter: lhb123
December 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Being an outsourcer myself, I can say one or two things from other side. That is from a clients perspective. One of the most important factors that potentially successful Virtual Assistants need to pay attention is on the clients real needs in a straight forward manner. This will help in establishing a recurring income for a long time.

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5 Golda
Twitter: only1golda
December 15, 2011 at 9:30 am

You are correct Sasi, the most important thing is to listen to and respond to the needs of your market. It’s not about you it’s about them!

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