As long as you are confident with your current set of skills, then you have a starting point. You should (obviously) already have a good computer at home, reliable internet connection and the necessary hardware and software to complement those skills. Mixing and mingling with others via VA forums is a good thing to do. Networking away from VA forums, i.e. going out there and meeting local business people is a must. Not only will you learn things about running a business locally from other locals, you’ll also meet potential clients. So it’s important to know what you’re going to say to them when you meet them – don’t do the overkill. Show an interest in them, ask questions and keep talk about yourself to a minimum. Watch what other people do and who does it well and copy them – but with your own information.
If you’re going to seek out training or mentoring make sure the person providing it has walked their talk. They should have been a VA for a minimum of 5 years but longer would be better. It’s a known fact that 80% of businesses fail in the first 5 years, so why start learning from someone who hasn’t yet passed that threshold. An important thing to remember. There are several leaders in the VA industry who are good people to align yourself with should you decide to take up training. There are several good books out there about the industry too.
These posts I’ve written in the past may also assist your plans:
It’s also important to recognise that working at home full time can be isolating and, for some, can cause depression. So, going out for regular walks to get some exercise, meet potential clients or VA peers for a cuppa at a cafe now and then and attending local business networks or workshops and seminars are things that will help keep you fresh, growing and content. Enjoy!