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Interested in joining the JoLain Team?

JoLain Virtual Assistant Services does not hire regular employees. Although the services of subcontractors are utilized on an as-needed basis from time to time, we already have a full team of subcontractors in place. Due to current workloads and time constraints, individual inquiries about joining the JoLain Team as a subcontractor cannot be answered at this time.
Interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant? Need more info?

Due to both professional and personal time commitments, I’m afraid I just don’t have the time to reply to individual inquiries about how to become a virtual assistant. I would, however, like to offer a little advice and a few suggestions.

There is much involved in becoming a virtual assistant. The best thing you can do is research the industry, then decide if this is the career for you. There's a lot of helpful information on the Internet. If you haven't done so already, I suggest you visit the IVAA web site. That's a good place to start. And, consider becoming a member of one or more online virtual assistant organizations. As a member, you will have access to a ton of extremely useful information as well as connections to some seasoned and very knowledgeable virtual assistants.

Another excellent resource for virtual assistants is Nina Feldman Connections. Not only does Nina offer an array of virtual assistant resource materials for sale, she also provides virtual assistant coaching, consulting, and referral services.

How much can you expect to earn as a VA? I'm afraid there's no quick and easy answer to that question. It varies from VA to VA, depending on several factors... fee structure, marketing activities, areas of specialization, billable hours vs. administrative hours. You can, however, expect slow going in the beginning.

First of all, you will need to get all your ducks in a row before you even start to market yourself. You will need to design/create/establish your fee structure, brochure, letterhead, envelopes, labels, business cards, domain name and web site, email, phone and voice mail services, invoice templates, work-for-hire agreements... and the list goes on.

Now some may think it doesn't cost much to become a virtual assistant. You already have a computer. What more do you need, you say? Well, you will have start-up expenses and ongoing operating expenses just like any other business. You will need to set up a fully equipped office... complete with computer, color printer, scanner, faxing/copying capabilities, cell phone, file cabinets, postal scale, paper cutter, three-hole punch, office supplies, software... and that list goes on. And, you will need to have a separate room in your home dedicated solely to your business to use as your office. Using your kitchen or dining room table as your office just isn’t the way to go.

After you’re all set up and ready to “hang your shingle,” you will then need to get out there and market yourself. And, many business professionals still don't know what a virtual assistant is so, while trying to market yourself, you will also need to educate them about the virtual assistant industry. It is, therefore, important that you’re well educated about the industry yourself. Most virtual assistants will tell you that traditional advertising, like newspaper and yellow pages ads, just doesn't work very well in this industry. You will need to be creative in your marketing. Consider joining your local Chamber of Commerce... and do a lot of networking.

Best wishes,

Joanne Lain
Owner and Founder

JoLain Virtual Assistant Services

Do What YOU Do Best…
Let Us Do the Rest!

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