How to Start a Home Based Virtual Assistant Service

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Owning your own business and working from home full-time can be accomplished by creating a home-based virtual assistant service. A virtual office assistant, often called a virtual assistant, is a professional administrative assistant who works from the comfort of their home. Owning and operating a home-based virtual assistant service provides more time to spend with your family at home and can be financially rewarding.

Things You'll Need

  • Home computer
  • Internet access
  • E-mail, fax and printer
  • Business telephone and cell phone

Virtual Assistant Business

Decide the type of services to offer, based on your background to ensure that you have experience. Fields to consider offering virtual services include medical, legal or general office assistance, resume writing and bookkeeping.

Decide whether to provide one or two virtual services. For example, you can provide virtual services in general office and accounting.

Decide whether to work part time (four to six hours daily) or full time (eight to 10 hours daily). When determining your hours, consider how much time your new virtual assistance business requires.

Create a business plan for your virtual assistance business that outlines the target market and how to reach it, a marketing analysis focusing on the business' needs, a company motto or mission statement and any legal issues to starting a virtual assistant business.

Create a budget, using debits and credits, that outlines start-up and ongoing costs. This helps determine how much capital is needed to operate a business until it generates regular income.

Buy an online hosting plan. Create a Web site, registering and using a unique domain name for your business.

Tips & Warnings

  • Market your virtual assistant business, both online and offline Network by joining professional groups and organizations Attend a community college and complete a certificate program for a home-based business Research online legal services

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