Hey, everyone. This is Angel. I'm the owner of Assistant Angel.
I'm also the owner of the Virtual Assistant Training Network. How are you guys doing today? We had some folks email in some questions, and I wanted to give you guys an update of some of the things that are happening, and to just tell you how much I appreciate you being here on the Virtual Assistant Training Network.
Just a little bit about me.
My name is Angel Lebak. I started Assistant Angel eight years ago while I was in Raleigh, North Carolina. I was working part-time for a realtor, and I needed another supplemental income. People kept calling and saying, "Are you a virtual assistant?" and I was like, "Sure." That weekend my husband and I came up with Assistant Angel. Since then we have served clients all around the world doing their online marketing, social media, digital ads, SEO, and strategy. The business has just changed dramatically over the years. One of the nice things about owning your own business as a virtual assistant is eventually I had enough work where I didn't have to be in the office. We were able to transition that job to somebody amazing, and that agent is actually still one of my clients. I adore her. She's brilliant and number one in her market, so I'm very proud.
The early days are hard, but I always go back to why?
Don't be discouraged over your small beginnings of a virtual assistant business. The early days are hard, but I always go back to "why." Why do mom's like us start a VA business? The reason we do it is so we can be home with our kids, so we can have supplemental income for our families, and so we have another stream of income. That's why we work from home, and that's our passion. Those nights when it's late and we're trying crazy things and I'm working on multiple things to meet a deadline, I always remember at the end of the day when my kids are home sick, I'm here. When my husband needs me to run an emergency, I'm there. We're able to do these things because we work from home.
I just really appreciate you guys being here, and I'm so excited because the Virtual Assistant Training Network is my passion.
My heart is that every parent in America should be able to work from home, because here's the thing: I run a company now. We're a team of eight, and guess what? They're all work-at-home moms, highly trained, amazing women who work from home. We do an incredible job for our clients. I'm just so excited because at the end of the day, what matters most is giving excellent service to excellent companies. I talk to business owners every week who need help with their social media, email, marketing, bookkeeping, and graphics every week. I really believe moms working at home can fill that niche in the market. The Virtual Assistant Training Network will give the training support needed to be successful.
One of the biggest questions I get is how to become a virtual assistant.
I think the best thing to say is to take a leap of faith, because at the end of the day being a virtual assistant is merely taking amazing skill, incredible passion, and making it profitable by serving the small business community. Here's what I want to encourage you in: Find a skill. What is that skill that you are great at? Are you great at bookkeeping? Are you a great graphic designer? Are you great at social media? Are you great at SEO, search engine optimization? Find something you're passionate about. Is there an area in the world of business that you love? Do you love serving coaches, or bakeries? Or do you love serving IT companies, or realtors? There's such a variety of businesses out there that need help. I really believe highly skilled, working in excellence virtual assistants can fill that need.
So how do you make virtual assistance profitable?
That is a great question. Honestly, when you're first starting it's hard, but I'm going to have some tools soon to help you with that. But in the meantime, what I would do is this: Number one, update your LinkedIn profile. Start adding it as another job. Then add your business. If you're currently employed, tell your employer so they don't think that you're leaving tomorrow. Just be straight up and say, "This is something I'm passionate about. I'm just going to do it on the side." If down the road it changes you can have that conversation, but just be honest. I was honest with my realtor in Raleigh, and she was actually incredibly supportive, and to this day I believe that is one of the reasons we're successful is because she was supportive as a business owner.
The other thing to do to make virtual assistance profitable is to find some people that you can serve. I started with the realtor, and then I also did some pro bono clients, meaning I did it for free. I said, "Hey, if I give you service and it's an honest review, would you leave me a review on Facebook? Would you leave me a review on LinkedIn? Would you leave me a review on Google?" If you're working from home, wait to do Google Business. But the reality is, is at the end of the day, I had amazing clients. When they left a review, a funny thing happened. Somebody else heard what was going on, somebody else said this. "Oh hey, I heard you do this." Word of mouth. Referrals to this day are one of our largest sources of business. We relocated our company from Raleigh, North Carolina back to New Jersey, and every one of our clients stayed with us. That is a testimony to my incredible, incredible team. They are highly skilled at what they do, and they are incredible. I adore them, and we have so much fun. It's a crazy train.
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