How to Start a Virtual Assistant Service

How to Start a Virtual Assistant Service

About How to Start a Virtual Assistant Service

How to Start a Virtual Assistant Service

Want to start a virtual assistant service? Our startup guide will provide you with a clear roadmap to success. Available with or without our award-winning business plan software, the Virtual Assistant Service Startup Guide will put you on the fast track to small business success!

From voice-mail services to business plan writing, newsletter publishing, report preparation and more, companies and individuals everywhere need assistance with their projects. This guide shows you how you can be the provider of nearly 50 different types of in-demand services from wherever you are—and reap the major financial rewards of doing so.

You get a special look at each service: what it involves, how to provide it, and how to set your business apart in the process. But no matter what services you’d like to offer, this guide also gives you the ins and outs of everything you need to be a success, including:

  • Building your business plan
  • Defining your target market
  • Choosing your location (homebased or otherwise)
  • Choosing the right equipment
  • Establishing your business structure
  • Startup economics (how much you’ll need, how to price your services and more)
  • Financial management and daily operations

This guide shows you how to break in with dozens of existing opportunities and how to expand once you do. The best part is—your services will always be a necessity, and your clients, employees and projects can be located anywhere. We give you coveted tips to help you take advantage of newly emerging industry trends.

The bottom line is that the industry is big, the opportunities keep growing, and it doesn’t take much to get started—just the know-how and savvy instruction that come with this easy-to-follow guide. Order today to launch your business!

Excerpt from this guide

The business support industry has changed radically in the past several years, and many of the entrepreneurs we've interviewed said that the business they built originally looks almost nothing like what it has become. Even more, each one had difficulty forecasting how the industry will change in the next 10 years because it is so dynamic. We surveyed 40 members of the Alliance for Virtual Businesses and interviewed a few of them further so we could give you current information, feedback, and statistics about how they entered the industry, built their business, and how they continue to tailor their services and skills to make their businesses thrive.

There are many terms for this type of business from "administrative support services," "office support services," and for many, "virtual assisting services." No matter what title you apply to this business, it still doesn’t fully explain the vast scope of services you can offer since these businesses now offer everything from desktop publishing, web design, and many more sophisticated and talented service packages. Given the growth of the industry in the past several years and the trends for even greater growth, it’s easy to assume that the more flexible you are in your ability to customize your services, the better you will do.

The size of the market for business support services is difficult to estimate for a number of reasons—primarily because the U.S. Bureau of the Census mixes other types of businesses with business support services. Also, the providers, services, and customers are constantly evolving with technological advances. Many of our surveyed experts are talking about using remote desktop access to conduct virtual meetings, using Voice over IP to teleconference, and using online meeting rooms and online conferences.

Keep in mind that this is a professional service business and your services are always going to be needed. Depending on your specialty, seasonal fluctuations may vary, but if you offer a portfolio of services, most likely one service demand will complement a slowdown in another. We will cover the vast variety of services you can offer and think about which services will balance each other and how you can gain the knowledge and training necessary to truly be a specialist in each area.