Virtual Assistant Tip: Choose a Small Project

    The Virtual Assistant Industry is growing, no doubt. More and more aspiring Virtual Assistants are jumping the gun and interested in building an online career. I posted these tips on a Facebook Group I belong to, and I thought of sharing it to the rest of you guys.

    Please note that these tips worked for me, but it may or may not apply for you. I met a lot of people who, upon learning about some work from home opportunities, quickly quit their office job then ended up losing patience as they try to land an online job.

    For those Virtual Assistant newbies with no experience in online or administrative work, I highly recommend CHOOSING A SMALL PROJECT as your first work. Here’s why:

    1. TRIAL and ERROR. Remember, we are talking about someone with zero experience but eager to get started. Test it out. Get an idea how employers screen applicants, which cover letter worked, or how best to communicate with your client in sending updates and deliverables. There’s a big fat chance you will screw it up, learn from it then do better next time. Try it out, but do your best.

    2. TIME-BOUND. Starting out with a small project allows you to try working with a client with no commitments aside from the agreed work details. Use this time to build a relationship with the client. Most of my past clients, started with small tasks then eventually grew into fulltime work. At the same time, if does not work out between you and the client, you still have a way out.

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    3. EXPLORE. I am a Registered Nurse when I started working online. I just wanted to earn more than I was getting at that time. I know little about computers, documents or even admin and marketing work. My first project was a brief contact information research stint. That’s when I discovered I have a knack for research, which led to lead generation then marketing and so on. Use this time to explore what other skills you may have, you might realize you do better in data entry work than in audio transcription or even find yourself enjoying building WordPress websites.

    4. KNOW YOUR WORTH. Jumping into a fulltime commitment with a client may limit your growth – skills and rate-wise. This is your first project, you may land a $20/hr rate only to realize the client expects a full blown Project Management responsibility from you. Or the opposite, you may charge as little as $2/hr then later on finding yourself rocking at your new Virtual Assistance work. Your first project can help you gauge how much you and your skills worth for you to be able to charge fairly.

    5. STARS. Do it for the positive feedback. You may land a gold mine with a big project, but there is a chance of not performing well and getting a negative feedback. Start small then do well. 3 positive feedbacks from small projects is way better than 1 negative feedback from a fulltime client. You may or may not have an experience with the work involved in the project, but the online world is slightly different than an office set up. Your experience is noted, but your skills are yet to be proven.

    If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. ~ Napoleon Hill

    Kei

    Kei San Pablo

    is the Founder and Managing Director of The K Squad Outsourcing Solutions. A self-confessed workaholic, she is a Virtual Entrepreneur and a hands-on Digital Marketing Strategist. When not working, she still thinks about work and her desire to travel the world with her bestfriend --- her Macbook Air.

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