Whether you want to leave the commute behind, work from the comfort of your own home, spend more time with your family, or even travel, building a career online and becoming a virtual assistant for location independence has become a popular option for many people in the last few years.
Every business -- from the corporate meeting table to the dining room table -- needs help in a myriad of ways. A small business owner might need help with their bookkeeping or their website design. A business owner of a larger business might need help with multiple positions, from Executive Assistant to Copywriter to Graphic Designer.
Becoming a Virtual Assistant (or digital assistant) has never been easier than it is now. But if your long-term goals are to double or triple your hourly rate and replace your 9-to-5 income, becoming a Virtual Assistant who specializes in tech is a great option. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can become a specialized Virtual Assistant to boost your income now.
Nearly every entrepreneur is now building their company presence on the internet. Whether it’s a website, social media accounts, Pinterest, Google ads, or even TikTok, business owners have a wide range of options for building their company on the internet.
But let’s start with the basics -- every business needs a website! However, not every business owner knows how to code. When changes or adjustments are needed on a website, many business websites become outdated with information because of the hassle it creates to alter the code. This creates an open opportunity for a tech Virtual Assistant to pitch her coding skills to business owners as a service.
If you have very little to no experience with coding and don’t know if it’s an ideal skill for you, try it out before you determine it as a career path. You can sign up for our FREE 5-Day Coding Challenge and learn how to build a 2-page website... entirely from scratch!
In addition to needing updates, every website needs regular maintenance. From updating plugins to updating an entire version of WordPress, a tech Virtual Assistant can offer services to ensure a business owner that a website is secure, up-to-date, and running efficiently.
If you know how to rescue a website from a malware attack, your chances of being hired as a tech Virtual Assistant are even greater. Building your professional skillset with highly valuable, in-demand tech skills will not only set you apart from the crowd, but they can also increase your pay and boost your visibility to business owners who have a need for the services of a digital assistant.
One of the most important steps to becoming a tech Virtual Assistant is creating your portfolio to show off your services. If you are new and just starting to learn how to code, your own professional website could be your portfolio.
Once you’ve created your own professional website that advertises your virtual assistant services, prices, and packages, consider reaching out to non-profit organizations and friends or family members who might be in need of your web development services. If their budget is very small or they have no budget at all, you could create a 3-5 page website in exchange for a solid testimonial of your services.
Be sure to always take screenshots or other examples of your work to add to your portfolio. As you build your portfolio and gain more positive customer testimonials, your credibility and trustworthiness will begin to shine to prospective clients.
Learning to code isn’t always easy, and neither is building a business as a Virtual Assistant working from home. Specializing in tech can isolate you even further from other Virtual Assistants who specialize in very different areas such as social media, bookkeeping, or copywriting. Try to bridge the gap with other Virtual Assistants and women working from home by partnering with them to help build each other’s businesses. Consider bartering your web development abilities with another Virtual Assistant who has strong skills in bookkeeping, copywriting, or social media. This can create another opportunity for you to build your portfolio while also building another part of your business at the same time.
No matter what path you’re on to become a Virtual Assistant, there is one thing that doesn’t change -- we all need real, honest, trustworthy support. Support is even better when you share a common goal and similar struggles.
My FREE Facebook community, Screw the Commute, is an amazingly supportive community of like-minded people who are all united in their pursuit of ditching the 9-to-5 work model. You can ask questions, find tech support for our FREE 5-Day Coding Challenge, get the latest news on any promotions and special offers to help you become a tech Virtual Assistant, and so much more!