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Become A Virtual Assistant: The Virtual Assistant Forums Guide to Success Paperback – June 5, 2013
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About the Author
Virtual Assistant Forums was created in 2007 as I discovered the virtual assistant profession for the first time and went in search of a friendly, encouraging community with REAL information (no work at home scams, get rich quick schemes, or $4/hr 'data entry jobs' allowed! Did you know that the average professional, skilled VA charges at least $35/hr?). I was looking for a place where I could network and collaborate with like-minded people and learn more about being a successful VA. Finding the need of such a site, I created, curated, and continue to develop Virtual Assistant Forums. As my own virtual assistance business has grown and flourished over the years, so has this amazing community of fellow VAs. The site, although small at the beginning, served it's purpose immediately and quickly grew into what it is today: an active, welcoming, diverse, and dynamic community of success-seekers, thinkers, and small business owners from all over the world. I continue to grow and develop VAF (as well as other useful virtual assistant industry resources) because there is nothing more gratifying than helping other people access the information, resources, support, and encouragement they need to start and run a successful home-based virtual assistant business. I'm a business owner and entrepreneur, yes - but most importantly I'm the mama of a really cool five year old daughter. Tess Strand Founder, Virtual Assistant Forums
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Covers many aspects of this method of working and it includes examples of forms, agreements, and contracts.
A bit pricey but I feel that it was worth it!
Before I recommended the book to those who have been asking me for guidance I thought I should buy and read it myself to see if it was "worth it".
I haven't even reviewed all of the worksheets,forms, etc. that are included with the package - I have only read the ebook itself....and without a doubt it's worth every penny. I wish I had known about it many years ago.
Over the course of the past four years I've made a lot of mistakes, many that would have possibly been avoided had I read the book before starting.
Here are just a few examples of things I would have done differently:
*I would have chosen a different business name and URL
*Using contracts for everyone and including some type of penalty for late payments - while I've gotten much better there are still a number of long-term clients that are still without a contract
*Identifying what I really love doing and ONLY working with those types of clients
*Built in wording on annual increases into my contract
*Set up different pricing structures/packages for different types of clients
Of course, as they say, hindsight is always 20/20. My first year of business was challenging, to say the very least, I probably could have spent my time in a much better way knowing some of what I know now. By year three I hit 6 figures and could have very well accomplished that by year two, if I had known and implemented some of the items addressed in the ebook.
I take my business very seriously because I'm a single mom and full support for my child rests on my shoulders. Whether you decide you want to pursue being a Virtual Assistant on a full time or part time basis I'd highly recommend you invest in this book and read it several times to absorb all there is within it.