How to get started as a virtual assistant

In 2008, I was 22 years old. I was a recent college graduate and I couldn’t get a job in my field, so I settled for working as an Administrative Assistant (a boring position with a terrible commute and a boatload of stress that wasn’t worth the pennies I was paid).

I was a newlywed living in a city far away from family and friends, with the burden of being the provider while my husband was furthering his education. I was unhappy, I wasn’t being challenged at work, and every month I just prayed we’d be able to pay our bills.

So in an effort to stimulate my brain, I sunk my teeth into all the blogging, Internet marketing, and online business information I could find. I started up projects on the side, taught myself new skills, and experimented with everything I was learning.

When I stumbled upon an opportunity to work with a well-known blogger, I jumped in full throttle. A few months later, I had more clients coming my way than I had time for, so I quit my job to become a virtual assistant (VA) full-time – and I’ve never looked back.

If there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that there has never been a better time to create a work-at-home business as a VA. So why aren’t more people taking the plunge? I’ve learned (from the ton of emails I’ve received from people over the years) that it’s not a lack of passion or marketable skills. It’s not knowing where to start!

I totally get that. When faced with a huge goal, I get lost if there isn’t a step-by-step plan to reach it. So that’s what we’re going to tackle right now (and I’ve covered this in a lot more detail in my eBook, The Bootstrap VA). If you’re looking to work from home as a virtual assistant, here’s a five-step plan to get you on the right track.
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