|Posted on June 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM|
Can you start a virtual assistant business part-time while still working as an employee?
Yes, you can start part-time and there are some advantages to approaching your business this way. You have another source of income which takes some of the pressure off you as you are building your home based business. It is always to your advantage to not approach your clients with any sense of desperation. No matter how hard you try to cover up your desperation, clients will sense it.
This also gives you a taste of what being a virtual assistant is really about and whether it is the right career move for you before you invest in actually starting a virtual assistant business as your sole source of income.
Starting part-time does have some challenges as well. You will need to spend some time planning your schedule and honing your time management skills.
Here are some tips for successfully starting a virtual assistant business part-time..
Depending upon your current employment situation, you may not want to disclose the fact that you are starting a home based business to your employer and coworkers; however, you do need to check to see if there are rules against other employment. Home based businesses are becoming very common these days and are much more accepted, but you will want to check your company's policy just to be sure.
Be sure to act ethically while at your current employer's workplace and give the same 100% effort you gave before deciding to start your own business. While it is extremely temping to check email and voicemail messages from your virtual assistant clients, you need to be fair to your employer and honor your time while at work. Be sure to do anything not related to your job on your lunch hour and/or after work. Check your company's policy on computer and internet usage. You will also need to handle phone calls while at work. You don't want to be talking to current or potential clients on a cell phone while at your desk
Keep in mind that once you are ready to go full-time and leave your current position, you may be able to provide virtual assistant services to your current employer. You don't want to burn any bridges here. My former employers have been sources of new clients. Always think about the business relationships you are building and treat everyone with respect.
The best way to handle starting your virtual assistant business part-time is to be clear about this to all potential clients time from the very start. Be clear about your work schedule, your turn around time for work and most importantly, when and how you can be reached during the day. Most clients will understand your position and be perfectly fine with leaving you email or voicemail messages while you are at work and letting you contact them when appropriate. As long as clients know when and how to contact you or know when to expect to hear from you, they can relax and feel confident you are taking care of them.
You will also need to plan how you will schedule your virtual assistant business while also taking care of your home and your family. You may need to be creative with your time to find ways to work on your business while still taking care of everything else but it can be done. Perhaps you can check your emails early in the morning before going to work. Maybe return phone calls in the evening after your children have gone to bed or during your lunch hour. Whatever your situation, if you are determined to work full-time as a self-employed virtual assistants, you will find a way. Remember too, that it will be hardest in the beginning but things will be easier in the future when you have established a client base.
One other thing to mention when starting part-time; try to keep your emotions steady while at work. Starting a new business can be an emotional rollercoaster for many people, especially in the beginning. A home based virtual assistant business is less costly and risky than many other businesses, however, it can still be stressful. Try to keep your mind on your work while you are at your job, and worry about your business later.
While there are some challenges, you can certainly start a virtual assistant business part-time while keeping your current full-time position. There is no need to take unnecessary financial risks by quitting your job full-time before you are ready. Plenty of successful virtual assistants starting part-time and with perseverance were able to succeed and eventually go on to a full-time virtual assistant business.
Even if you need to work a full-time job, you can become a virtual assistant
Article written by Jan Harris,an administrative professional for over 20 years, and currently works at home as a Virtual Assistant. She faced many typical challenges during her career that, along with her entrepreneurial spirit, led her to seek an alternative career as a Virtual Assistant. Visit her site for information on the Virtual Assistant Profession http://www.virtualassistantsguide.com
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