Determining what services and skills you will offer as a virtual assistant can be a tricky decision. Doing anything and everything will not be effective, nor will it be a good fit for a viable business that should provide expert virtual assistant skills.
Our natural tendency, especially when first starting a virtual assistant business, is to offer anything and everything a client is willing to pay for.
What most VAs don’t know, is that our strengths can be turned into a skill set for a thriving virtual assistant business. Once you determine your strengths and weaknesses, you can then determine what virtual assistant skills to offer the world and which not to.
Many of us will discover our most lucrative virtual assistant skills via trial and error, but I have discovered that it doesn’t always have to be that way. That is why I want to help you!
There are steps that can help you determine which virtual assistant skills you will excel in immediately and then which you may want to pursue in the long run.
Our specific area of expertise will umbrella the virtual assistant skills that you can offer.
An area of expertise is where you hold the most knowledge to share and to teach others.
Determining our area of expertise can be challenging because we most likely will NOT give ourselves enough credit for what we actually know.
However, if we can get past the idea of not being “enough”, we will see that we, in fact, have many options.
Let’s take some time to determine what virtual assistant skills and services to offer that will work best for you.
Step # 1 – Determine your strengths
The Virtual Assistants Making Money Course, provides a visual tool for you to list interests and passions, along with the knowledge your past work experience has provided.
Knowing what you are passionate about and your past experience will help you determine what you most likely will be strong in. Grab a pen and paper and start brainstorming.
What are your hobbies? Do you like to read and write? If you do, then you might be a good editor or proofreader.
Do you like to take photos or have some artistic ability? Then you might be a good photo editor or graphic designer. List everything that you love or have an interest in doing, then write it down.
What experience have you acquired from your past employment or business?
Have you worked with numbers for bookkeeping, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, G Suite, organizational tools, etc.?
Once you start listing what type of knowledge you can share with others, you will be surprised by the amount of experience you truly possess.
Step # 2 – Know your target market
Now that you have brainstormed what your interests are and what tangible experience you have, you can move on to whom you want to work with. What group of business owners do you consider ideal?
Do you want to work with podcasters, food bloggers, real estate firms or another field you are familiar with?
You do not have to immediately narrow down your preferred market, but in the course of business, you will find yourself gravitating to a certain type of client.
If you don’t quite know yet who your target market is, then you can rely on your strengths until you are able to find whom you enjoy working with the most.
Businesses have different service needs.
A food blogger will have a different set of needs than a homeschool blogger or podcaster. Take this into consideration.
Take the particular services needed by your group of entrepreneurs and marry those needs to your strengths. This is a sure fire way to solidify what virtual assistant skills to stick with initially.
Step # 3 – Acquire knowledge to grow your virtual assistant skill set
After assessing what your target market’s needs are and what your strengths are, you may then branch out to acquiring knowledge that increases your skill set and income.
What is a list of services you would like to offer your target market in the future? What can you start learning in the next 3-6 months to make yourself more marketable?
You can easily find your target market’s needs by joining Facebook groups for that particular type of entrepreneur.
Figure out your area of expertise, narrow down the virtual assistant skills you can offer now and in the future, and focus on a target market. Even with taking all these steps, there is one final thing that can hinder you from doing them all.
Final and Continuous Step – DO NOT discount yourself or your abilities!
It comes easily to tell your kids how well they are doing in a sport or give your husband praises for completing a project.
Yet, when it comes to giving yourself kudos, that can prove more challenging.
This is not the time for you to be modest or timid. Break out of that shell and give yourself credit where it is due.
You may think you don’t have any virtual assistant skills now but TRUST me, you DO.
You are an expert at something, and someone—somewhere– will need your help doing the very skill you don’t think is worth a thing.
Allow us to help you with determining the virtual assistant skills you already possess to start making money today!