I love to help VAs starting out in business, or those who are a bit further along but still need a helping hand. I have 4 different ways I can help VAs get their businesses rolling and perhaps one, two, three or all four are what you need! I will list them in the order they were created.
- Virtual Assistant Network. Operates under the name of “A Clayton’s Secretary” and was formed in April 1996, making it one of the world’s oldest VA networks in existence. Membership based, renewable annually, we give assistance to members in setting up their businesses, gain client exposure, introduce them to clients, and provide many extra benefits for members. We have a 6 month trial membership, 12 month regular membership and an overseas membership.
- Virtual Assistants International Group (VAIG) Forum. In existence since 1997, again one of the industry’s oldest VA forums around. It has been shifted to several different platforms before we finally settled at yahoogroups in September 2003. Very chatty group which shares a lot of information about being a VA as well as the daily challenges in our lives.
- VATrainer – a 10 week Virtual Assistant Training/Coaching program delivered by email. Comprehensive program listed on the site. Designed to help new VAs get their businesses off the ground running. Students should already know how to use their computers and the software they want to provide as a service – it’s the other side of the business we concentrate on: networking, marketing, developing a web presence, running a business, etc. Fee can be paid weekly, monthly or whole. Program launched March 2005 after two years of research and development.
- VACoachingClub launched late 2009. Design to assist those VAs who have completed the VATrainer course or those who are operating a VA practice but want some regular input and guidance. We have a webinar with guest speakers on occasion and Q&A sessions with me plus a number of other benefits for members. Monthly fee.
So, I hope the above will help you with your VA practice, or perhaps you know someone who wants to become a Virtual Assistant? Why not send them a copy of this post to get them started!