Starting a visible helper business is one of the many ways to be a working-at-home mom. If you have experience in the field of management, or you can provide practical services to business clients, then you are the one who will be baptized primarily by having a successful assistant business.
Starting as a visual assistant requires a few simple steps. There is no guaranteed process of being a real helper, but there are several companies that offer their training and branding. This is not absolutely necessary for you to be a successful helper, but it can help you get jobs as a new person. Before you sign up for any program or course, do your due diligence and investigate the company. Get tips from other successful assistants and consider finding a mentor who can help you get started.
Legally, you will need a business license to become an independent contractor. By obtaining a business license you will be able to open a business bank account and keep your business and finances separate. Legalization also means that you can declare your business expenses as tax deductible.
Once you have set up your home office, you will need to establish your own visible office. On the Internet, you will use a website to advertise yourself as a visual assistant. Having a website is important to establish your presence. If web design isn’t your set of skills, find someone who can create a website for you. Try contacting other visible assistants and see if you can exchange a design if it’s something you can’t afford to start with.
On your website you should, at the very least, list your services and who you are. You can also add an hourly rate, even if most real helpers like to charge for a project instead of an hour. Depending on the services, do not offer services that you do not wish to perform. If you can create spreadsheets but don’t like them, don’t offer that service. If you have a background in a particular field, for example law, then write this as special. You can also specify the type of service you provide. Many virtual assistants limit their business to writing and editing, web design, data management or editing, but some offer a mix of all kinds of services. Remember, this is your business and you can choose what jobs you want to do.
The best way to get visible assistant jobs is to start a connection. Your best leadership will come from people you already know, whether they are online or in your local city. Let people know what you are offering and promote your website address so people can see who you are and what you are doing. Be sure to include up-to-date contact information on your web page, including a phone number.
When you find your first client, it is important that there is a contract set up before you can start working on the project. You can find many online sample contracts that you can tailor to your needs. Make sure both you and the client are on the same page with the type of work you are going to do. That way there are no surprises when you present the project with your credit.
After you have a few projects under your belt, you will start to build a reputation. After that your support business will naturally grow to include recurring clients and new projects. If you do a good job consistently, your reputation will be surpassed and you will have many projects that you know what to do with in a short period of time. Be sure not to overdo it, and gather a network of other visible assistants who are willing to overdo it if necessary.
Getting rid of your helper business with the right foot is easy if you follow the basic steps outlined above.