How to Become a Virtual Assistant
 

Bookkeeping/Accounting support

If you have experience of these sorts of services there are now accounting programs that allow the complete bookkeeping service to be undertaken via the Internet. If your client is willing to work this way (and most clients hate bookkeeping so that should not be a problem) with the right software, all they have to do is mail you their paperwork and you are in business to become a virtual assistant.

Examples

  • Invoicing
  • Credit Control
  • Monthly Bank Reconciliation
  • Trial Balance
  • VAT/Local tax records
  • Ad-hoc reports on an as and when basis

Each country and even some counties have accounting rules which you have to understand to be able to offer your bookkeeping services. If you have worked as a bookkeeper this is an ideal service to add to your portfolio.

Business Plans

In the past we have found that complex business plans are often required by banks from very small companies. They may give an outline they want followed but normally it is well beyond the clients ability. No one should start a business without a business plan (even YOU...) and this is often taught when you attend courses for new businesses. Many people want the plans completed but 'don't have the time to do the course'. Now this is a very bad idea for them but a good opportunity for you. Keep all the paperwork you get on any courses you go on and you may well find that a client who is trying to obtain a loan or other process needs a plan but has no idea.

Expense Claims

Many companies require salesmen to keep detailed expense claims, not just for tax but so that they can be reimbursed. If you can use a spreadsheet this is another service that you can offer.

Be Inventive 

Look at your list of skills and carry on this list and see just what you can offer - I bet you will be surprised at your personal skill-set. You will then be surprised at how many other Virtual Assistants there are who you can talk to and gain support from.