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Becoming A Virtual Assistant

How to Build a Successful Virtual Assistant Business
Second Edition

How to Build a Successful Virtual Assistant BusinessWritten by Janice Byer and Elayne Whitfield-Parr, this NEW book includes information and tips to help aspiring and established VAs with every aspect of starting and building a Virtual Assistant business.

From naming your business, to upgrading your skills, to expanding your business, we have put together everything you need to know based on our combined years in this industry and the input of successful VAs worldwide.

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Titles include:

  • How To Respond to RFPs
  • Easy to Understand & Implement Search Engine Optimization Techniques
  • How to Set-Up & Start Your First Blog
  • and many more.

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My Mission Statement:
"To be a happy, successful person whom others can admire and want to learn from."

So, you want to start your own Virtual Assistance business? Where do you begin?

First and foremost, please be sure that you are really serious about starting this kind of business.

Note: Just because you have a computer, it does not mean that you are a Virtual Assistant.

We hate to be blunt but it is sometimes a misconception that just because you have a computer and know how to send an email that you are a perfect candidate to be a VA. This is not the case. Virtual Assistants are experienced administrative professionals who have worked with the software necessary to provide top-notch services to clients for many years.

It takes a lot of time and effort to get a business like this off the ground. You will find times when you are feeling discouraged and wondering what the heck you have gotten yourself into, but these fears are quickly alleviated when you get a request for a quotation or, better yet, you get a new client.

The following are helpful hints that we would like to pass on to you. Here we go:


  • Do a search of virtual assistants and word processors in the major search engines. Each one is original in it's own right and can provide you with a different view of how to make this kind of business successful. (Note: DO NOT copy the content off of any VA or other websites!!!!)

  • Be sure you have decided on an appropriate company name. Then put together a business card and brochure. I recently wrote an article on marketing strategies ...."You Are What You Communicate" which outlines the steps you should follow when trying to convey your message on paper or on the web. Actually, why not read all of our articles while you are there. They are based on "been there, done that" experience of a small business owner...namely me :-)

  • Network, network, network! Every opportunity you get, give your literature to someone. Even if they may never need your services, they may know someone who does, or someone who knows someone who does. Attend your local networking meetings.

  • Join business associations in your area. We are members of the Brampton Board of Trade and the other members are in the same mind set as we are. They work together to improve the business and residential sectors of our community.

  • Sign up for online newsletters, they can be a wealth of information. Start with ours :-). There are so many out there these days that are loaded with great ideas and tips.

  • Pick up business magazines whenever you get a chance. These, too, are loaded with helpful information.

  • Take a small business course, continually upgrade your skills, etc., etc.,


Virtual Assistant Links & Resources

When I first started this business, I spent a lot of time researching both the demographics in my area as well as the viability of running this type of business. There are many sites on the web that can help you out, so I am going to try to help you by listing some of the best.

CVAC - The Canadian Virtual Assistant Connection - A great place for Canadian VAs to meet and share ideas. "Connecting Canadian VAs and the world...virtually".

VA Forum - A great place to ask questions and get answers from other Virtual Assistants

International Association of Virtual Office Assistants (IAVOA) - The purpose of IAVOA is to promote the use of Virtual Assistants worldwide. This site is a must for any VA, whether new to the industry or a veteran.

Australian Virtual Business Network - Australia's only source of pre-qualified, skills tested and reference checked VAs and virtual business operators.

Virtual Assistant Network - a wonderful forum for VAs around the world to learn and share. - An independent evaluation authority for the Virtual Assistant industry.

Alliance for Virtual Business - dedicated to the growth of the Virtual Assistance industry through networking, information sharing and proactive interaction between the global business community and the industry.

Virtual Assistance U - A Virtual learning campus dedicated to establishing "leading edge" virtual assistant practices through dynamic curriculum, small classes and diversified participant experience levels. Virtual classroom settings, linking real people around the world.

Elite Office Support - A worldwide listing of Virtual Office Assistants. - the industry leaders in the support and promotion of all Professionals working 'Virtually' Worldwide.

Virtual Assistant Business Resource - Whether you are interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant (VA), a beginner, or established VA, Virtual Assistant Business is your top online resource for starting and running a successful VA Business.

Virtual Word Publishing - Home of the best books to buy if you are wanting to start or build your word processing business. Words From Home - How to Start and Operate a Home-Based Word Processing Business was the first book I bought when I started and it is still my VA Bible and she has many more.

A Clayton's Secretary - Established in 1996 and based in Australia, this organization is a great resource for clients seeking VA support and also provides ongoing peer support for its members, worldwide. 

The Virtual Business Group - A group of Virtual Businesses, who have combined all their talents to bring you the best in Virtual Business Help and Support. - Helping Virtual Assistants do their job!

International Virtual Assistants Association

Virtual Offices UK - Virtual Offices UK and Related Links


Virtual Assistants

Virtual Assistants - a very extensive article by Stacy Brice

Free E-books - This page lists several ebooks that are free to download and, it also lists numerous other sites that offer ebooks as well.

The above links should definitely help you get started in the VA business. Each of these sites is loaded with links, tips and resources that you will find highly beneficial. Don't forget to bookmark them (and this page :-) for future reference.

I hope this helps you get started and guides you to success. Remember that this is a long and rewarding road that you are taking. Live, learn and enjoy!



Janice D. Byer, CCVA, MVA
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  Canadian Virtual Assistant


Virtual Assistance University

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Virtual Assistant - The SeriesUp Close and Virtual - Second Edition is a comprehensive reference guide to starting a successful and PROFITABLE virtual assistant business. We cover all the business basics including selecting a name, bookkeeping, domain registration, marketing and promotional activities, and most importantly, how and where to find clients. Still working full time? We'll show you how to ease into your practice while working full-time AND continue to care for your family.

Along with our personal experiences, we've also included recommendations from many virtual assistants nationwide. you can find their suggestions in the "In Their Own Words" section at the end of each chapter. We hope this enables you to see how others are making their businesses successful and provide you with a blueprint on how to do the same with yours. Click here more information

Alliance of UK Virtual Assistants

A Free Directory of UK Virtual Assistants.  Clients can either search for a
VA with a specific skill or by County if a local VA is preferred.  If you
are a VA with a website and would like to be included in our Directory,
please visit  for details.


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