It's possible to start up with zero dollars if you already have a phone, an updated computer, a printer with scanner and internet access.
But if you want to be taken seriously, you'll need a well-designed website.
This registered nonprofit's website includes a searchable member directory (for potential clients to find VAs), a request for proposal system (for clients to announce their project and get VAs to respond to them), a forms library from which to draw example materials and an "Expert of the Month" chat series for education.
For more support, here are some other VA groups you may want to research: Remember, since the industry is new and growing, there are some prospective clients who don't know what a VA is or how one works.
For example, your office is in your home, so ensure privacy and quiet while you're working.
It's unprofessional to hear barking dogs or family members in the background.
As a general rule, common administrative tasks are on the lower end of the scale, and graphic or website design are at the higher end.
To establish an effective rate for your business, remember to factor in the following: All of these are expenses against your earnings.
Many VAs take a part-time job while they establish their businesses.
Sometimes this part-time job comes in the form of working for a well-established VA as a sub-contractor.