I just finished reading a copy of Become A Virtual Assistant- The Virtual Assistant Forums Guide to Success and I had to share this information with you!
By now you know that my goal here at New VA Advice is to share with you what I’ve learned on becoming a virtual assistant and point you in the direction of the resources you need to get started so that you don’t waste your time searching all over the internet trying to find the best information and figure out who you can trust, like I did.
Why Read This Book?
This comprehensive guide was designed for the new and would-be virtual assistant in mind, taking you through the first steps of ensuring that you understand the realities of what it means to work for yourself and covering the details of how to set up your business.
If you’re like me, you will appreciate the step-by-step way that the book is laid out. You can literally read and implement each chapter and know that you’re adding in each piece of the puzzle in the right order.
I like to have a plan. I certainly can’t say that I had one starting out. I had to find out all of the information of how to build a business on my own. I had to search in multiple places, which took up so much time! I can honestly say that this guide covers all of those things that I had to scurry around and put together in order to run my business. Lucky you if you’re just starting out because it’s all here in one book!
What’s In The Book?
Another big plus that I wanted to point out is that the book starts out discussing the mental aspect of being a business owner, not an employee, and what that really means to you. It’s so important to understand the difference before you set out on your endeavors.
Then you dive into the meat of all of the legal and tax stuff like choosing a business name, registering it with the state, insurance and taxes. I know, this is not the glamorous part of running your own business but it’s all necessary and it’s often what keeps people spinning their wheels instead of jumping into their Virtual Assistant business.
There is also excellent information on determining your services, setting your rates, determining your target market and setting up your website. As I mentioned earlier, you really can follow each chapter of this book, implement it and then go on to the next one to learn the next step in creating your business.
Here’s the best part of the whole thing. They’ve included 35 worksheets, contracts and documents for you to use in your business! That fact alone makes it worth getting the guide. There are worksheets included for you to figure out your business plan and mission statement as well as worksheets for deciding your target market. Then there are tons of editable documents and contracts that you can use with your clients to help make things run more smoothly. Why reinvent the wheel? You’re going to end up needing forms like this for your business anyway such as a service agreement, invoice and confidentiality agreement. They’re all here for you and you can edit them to suit your business needs.
Who Wrote This Book and Why Should I Trust Them?
Tess Strand is the author of this guide. You may recall that she was featured here in a Start up Story where we learned how she got started in the VA world. Tess founded the popular online community for VAs, Virtual Assistant Forums. She is also the founder of Virtual Assistantville, a premium directory of professional virtual assistants dedicated to evangelizing the industry and educating business owners on working with professional VAs. All this to say that Tess really knows her stuff!
So, I certainly think it’s worth the $49 investment. You know I’m a big advocate of not shelling out a lot of cash in the beginning when you don’t have it to go around, but I do believe that you need to spend a little money to make money. Pick up your copy of Become A Virtual Assistant- The Virtual Assistant Forums Guide to Success and let me know what you think!
(Yes, the links included for the book are my affiliate links and I will make commission if you decide to purchase through them but if you appreciate the information that I provide here then click away and feel free to show the love!)