Digital Assistants do many several types of work for a lot of several types of employers. Your expertise as a VA will rely largely on the folks you’re employed for. Once I began my VA journey, I used to be already operating social media accounts of my very own. I made a decision to make use of these expertise by providing my companies to social media influencers.
This job has allowed me to work at home, make my very own hours, and even journey the world. Touring shouldn’t be often a part of the job, however relying on the circumstances and your availability, you may make that occur too!
I used to be invited as a plus-one on a visit to Paris!
👩💼 My Background
I began as a content material creator in 2018 by posting YouTube movies. I took it SO significantly and watched a couple of thousand ‘The best way to Edit a YouTube Video’ movies. I realized every little thing that I might presumably study content material creation and gaining a following.
Quick ahead a number of years, and podcasts began changing into an increasing number of widespread, so my finest good friend and I made a decision to begin one. Once more, I watched movies and did hours of analysis to be taught every little thing about creating and enhancing a podcast.
Alongside the best way, I realized lots from my expertise and from watching different content material creators. Social media is constructed on tendencies, so it’s laborious to be a YouTube editor in the event you don’t watch YouTube. I studied tendencies and enhancing kinds that had been changing into fashionable.
As I used to be watching influencers’ movies, I seen that they had been so busy and infrequently talked about having to cancel plans with associates or household in order that they may very well be dwelling and edit a video. Some creators even talked about that they hate enhancing, and it seems like such a chore.
It’s not all the time straightforward to become profitable as a content material creator when platforms are oversaturated, so I believed that helping others would result in a extra steady earnings.
🚀 Getting Began
I had all of those expertise that will be so useful to liberate another person’s time. I spent so many weeks, if not months, learning enhancing and social media, and I felt tremendous assured in my skills. The truth that I had been doing all of it for myself for years was a bonus.
My first thought was to turn into a video editor for YouTubers, however I knew that I might accomplish that way more than simply edit movies. That’s once I considered changing into a Digital Assistant.
🔑 The important thing to success as a VA is to establish your expertise and determine who would profit most out of your assist. Most influencers have to rent a number of totally different folks for every particular outlet that they need assistance with, so I noticed it may very well be an excellent promoting level that I used to be well-versed in most types of social media. From YouTube movies to TikTok, to Instagram, and Podcasts, I had it lined.
The following step was to make a resume and a piece pattern to point out potential purchasers what I might do. I believed again to those self same creators that talked about that they didn’t like enhancing or needed to cancel plans, and I despatched them an e mail with my work hooked up.
Sadly, I didn’t even hear again from fairly a number of of them, and that’s the fact of chilly emailing. A few of them might not have had it of their funds to rent one other individual, or some might haven’t needed to surrender some management of their work. That’s all the time laborious for purchasers, so I attempt my finest to be taught their ‘type’ to start with and be taught to do issues their method.
I made a decision to achieve out to potential purchasers as an alternative of utilizing a freelancing web site as a result of I believed that some influencers might not even know that they need assistance till it’s supplied. Typically folks don’t notice how overwhelmed they’re, or that VAs even exists till it’s talked about to them!
In the future whereas protecting my eyes peeled on social media, a creator that I adopted posted that she was in search of an assistant on her Instagram story. She listed the issues that she wanted assist with, and so they had been all issues that I knew I used to be able to! She ended up being my first consumer, and it will definitely became a full-time gig.
All through my time together with her, I even had potential purchasers reaching out to me by way of emails and Instagram messages asking if I had any availability. I needed to flip them down as a result of what was as soon as my little aspect hustle for myself had became a full-time job that gave me the liberty and suppleness to be my very own boss.
Duties of a VA
Digital Assistants do many several types of work, and your duties will differ along with your employer’s wants. I’m certain there are much more avenues than I can consider: anybody in any discipline can all the time use help!
👉 As a digital assistant to influencers, my duties embody:
- Modifying (images, movies, or podcasts)
- Content material brainstorming
- Organizing emails
- Participating on social media
A ‘work day in my life’ video the place I present all of my typical every day duties
📧 A typical day in my life often begins out with checking emails. I don’t wish to preserve anybody ready too lengthy for a response!
📱 Subsequent, I’ll go to Instagram and see if there are any feedback or messages from yesterday that want responses. I additionally create any graphics that should be made for promotions, web sites, or Instagram.
🎥 Modifying YouTube movies or podcast episodes takes up the majority of my day. Modifying one YouTube video can take anyplace from 3-10 hours, relying on the size, and one podcast episode can take about 6-8 hours.
What Expertise Do You Want?
The principle qualification to turn into a VA is to be tech-savvy. No two purchasers are alike, and so they every have totally different wants. The hot button is to be able to be taught something that they might need assistance with.
To be taught enhancing expertise, I’d suggest beginning with iMovie for video enhancing, and GarageBand for podcast enhancing (they each come free on Macbooks!) I really like each of those and haven’t encountered a lot that I can’t do on them.
It additionally helps to be organized and good at time administration. Working as a VA, you might be often in command of your personal schedule. In the event you’re not good at managing your time, you’ll be able to shortly turn into overwhelmed and miss deadlines.
Purchasers generally even search help as a result of THEY aren’t one of the best at time administration or group, so it’s your job to offer them with that and be their proper hand.
For many positions, expertise shouldn’t be wanted. Lots of the duties are easy on a regular basis issues that purchasers not have time to do him or themselves.
For an Influencer VA, enhancing is almost certainly a should. Some influencers have a particular editor, so it will not be mandatory to your job, but it surely’s all the time good to know find out how to deal with their work and present your worth.
You may even take expertise from earlier work expertise, and share how that has helped you turn into extra organized, accountable, and so on. Expertise doesn’t all the time should be in the identical discipline!
What Are The Hours Like?
As I discussed earlier than, you’ll be able to often make your personal hours. There are some issues to remember with that, although, like time zones. Relying on the work that you simply’re doing, chances are you’ll be in a back-and-forth along with your consumer to ask about their choice for colours, designs, and so on.
In case your consumer is in a special time zone, this may trigger you to work early mornings, late nights, and even weekends. Additionally, your consumer might have one thing performed with a brief turnaround, so generally it’s like being on name.
The best half about being digital is which you can journey as a lot as you need and work from anyplace on the planet, so long as you’re prepared to deliver your pc with you.
On common, every consumer will want about 10 hours of labor from you every week. That is nice as a result of you can begin out when you have one other job, and be a VA on the aspect till your online business begins to select up.
In the event you’re enhancing movies for the consumer, chances are you’ll be working anyplace from 20-40+ hours per week. It actually is determined by precisely what your purchasers need assistance with!
How Do I Discover Purchasers?
Discovering purchasers could be troublesome, however in the event you market your self accurately, they will come to you! I’ve had a number of purchasers attain out to me as a result of they discovered me by way of social media.
You may join freelancing platforms like Upwork or Fiverr, however because it’s extra aggressive, you’ll have a tougher time discovering purchasers. Many individuals on these platforms are determined for work and ready to underbid you, so charges could also be very low.
On my Instagram, which is only for private use, I began utilizing #virtualassistant or #videoeditor. If somebody is looking out Instagram for an assistant, I’ve an opportunity of popping up. Additionally, since I do this on my private Instagram, it nearly acts as a slight ‘interview’. The purchasers can try my photos and see if my content material is just like their type or if we’ve any widespread pursuits.
I discussed that I’ve been posting YouTube movies for years, and that additionally helps purchasers to search out my web page and see precisely what work I can do.
What To Say?
Reaching out to somebody that has no thought who you might be is taken into account a ‘chilly e mail’. The easiest way to ship a chilly e mail is to maintain it quick and candy. These folks get a great deal of emails per day and don’t have the time to learn a protracted one from somebody they don’t know.
📋 Right here’s an inventory of issues I bear in mind whereas chilly emailing a consumer:
- Say one thing private that reveals that you simply do know of them or their firm. (e.g., “I heard you point out in your new video…” or “I noticed that you simply simply launched a brand new product”)
- Clarify that you recognize that their time is efficacious and you might be prepared to take a few of their workloads (making their life EASIER is difficult to show down)
- Depart one name to motion (e.g., “Let me know if this appears like one thing you’re considering”)
- Thank them for his or her time studying your e mail.
- Observe up inside about 5-7 days. This reveals that you simply’re organized and didn’t simply ship out a mass e mail to everybody you recognize.
- If there isn’t any response after 1 follow-up, I assume that they aren’t . Sending greater than 1 or 2 follow-ups can come off as pushy!
In the event you concentrate on personalization, this final one shouldn’t occur, however: don’t ship mass emails! That’s a good way to finish up within the spam folder, after which your e mail won’t ever be seen.
Do I Want a Resume?
A resume is all the time a good suggestion. Earlier than I had skilled expertise on this discipline, my resume included my present job on the time (which had NOTHING to do with being a VA and even being tech-savvy). I used that job to point out that I’m accountable, able to studying new issues, and arranged.
I additionally included that I had been enhancing my very own movies since 2018, to point out that I did have information of the social media world. Even when it’s worthwhile to record your personal content material creation as expertise, DO IT!
The best way to Showcase Your Expertise to a Potential Consumer?
A piece pattern is simply as vital as a resume. This place is all primarily based in tech, so it is sensible to showcase your expertise that method! A piece pattern or portfolio can embody a few of your digital work like web sites designed, images edited, or graphic designs.
My work pattern is sort of a presentation, the place I used my expertise to make it look cohesive and nonetheless present my accomplishments. This can be a artistic job, so don’t be afraid to make use of some coloration and present that you’ve an excellent eye for design! Even my resume is colourful and features a photograph in order that they will match a face with my title.
A web page from my work pattern. It’s colourful and reveals off my ability whereas remaining skilled.
The best way to Journey the World as a VA
I all the time get requested how my digital job became changing into a world traveler. Mainly, I acquired actually fortunate. Journey is often not a part of the job description, however in the event you’re , it’s doable. Influencers journey usually, and in the event that they don’t have an ‘in-person’ assistant, you’ll be able to categorical that you’re open to journey and that your schedule permits it.
✈️ Your touring duties might embody:
- Checking into the lodge and/or reserving the reservations
- Calling for room service or automobile service
- Taking images and movies
- Conserving monitor of non-public belongings
- Operating errands
Some journeys enable for plus-ones, and the consumer may get pleasure from having a private assistant all through their work journey. Your job description could be utterly totally different whereas touring with a consumer, and change from all digital duties to all in-person duties.
How A lot Ought to I Cost?
If you’re simply beginning, an excellent vary is $30-$50 per hour, relying on the work and the workload. After gaining some expertise, you’ll be able to cost anyplace from $60-$80 per hour. That is what I’ve heard from others within the enterprise, however I’m not there but!
Earlier than you get too excited, your charge additionally is determined by your ability set. A VA that edits movies or creates a complete web site can cost greater than a VA that solely organizes emails. So be taught as a lot as you’ll be able to and broaden your ability set!
As I discussed, some purchasers might solely want your assist for about 10 hours per week. In that case, you’ll be able to have a number of purchasers directly, relying on how a lot free time you might have. Because you’re in command of making your personal hours, keep in mind to not overwhelm your self!
It’s not unusual to have a consumer that doesn’t have a typical payroll that you’d discover at an workplace job. In these conditions, you should utilize PayPal, Venmo, Money App, Sensible, or different dependable cash switch companies.
You may select whether or not you want to be paid weekly, biweekly, or month-to-month, and you may work out what works finest to your consumer. Oftentimes, it may be somewhat overwhelming for a consumer to pay weekly, but it surely all relies upon. As for taxes, I put aside a share of every paycheck to avoid wasting for when taxes are due. Ensure to maintain this in thoughts, or tax season won’t be enjoyable!
Issues to Bear in mind
If you wish to turn into a VA, simply keep in mind to know your price and take probabilities! Attain out to the corporate that you simply’ve all the time admired, or ship an e mail to your favourite influencer. This job is studying as you go, and all the time doing all of your finest to accommodate your consumer.
I’m joyful to assist and reply any questions that you’ve! I’ve a Patreon account the place I share all of my suggestions and even templates that can assist you in your journey www.patreon.com/leannasal. I additionally submit ‘VA Work Days in my Life’ movies that you’ll find right here: www.youtube.com/leannasal.
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