How I Started My Virtual Assistant Business

Article by Peggy at Peggy Re James

You know you want to be your own boss, set your own hours, and have financial freedom, but where do you even start?

If you were like me, you know that there are a million ways to make money online, but with so much information out there, it’s very difficult to figure out what is legitimate, and what is just going to waste your time and drain your wallet.

For me, it started with a sponsored ad on Facebook.

I was feeling particularly down that day, thinking about our finances and desperately wishing for a way that I could start using my skills, while also staying at home with my children. For some reason, this ad caught my eye, probably because the woman on camera looked like me. A mom, sitting in her living room, not looking particularly put together, just talking to me through my cell phone screen like we were old friends. She spoke about leaving her corporate job and working from home and the steps she took to become a Virtual Assistant.

I’d never heard of a Virtual Assistant before then, but I knew within the first hour of this webinar (that the ad took me to) that I had the skills necessary to pursue this path.

From there I just dove into days and days of rabbit trails on the internet. I read blogs, listened to podcasts, watched youtube videos, stalked facebook groups, and soaked up every single piece of information I could get my hands on.

I did everything in my power to set myself up for success. If I didn’t know how – I learned how. I built a website, learned every skill that I felt was in my wheelhouse and started prospecting. I landed my first client through a personal connection and managed a business email and a few social media accounts. It wasn’t a high paying gig, but it was a foot in the door and the experience I needed.

From there, I started to grow. Day in and day out I would reach out, make connections, learn new skills, rinse and repeat.

I’d be lying to you if I told you that it was easy. Truthfully, it is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever accomplished in my life, but also one of the most rewarding thus far. It was and still is a work in progress.

One of the very best things that being a VA has taught me, is a true understanding of how the online world works. I say the online world, because it truly is, in a lot of ways a world of its own. Once you start your VA business you will start to learn all the other ways that you can be successful online. The knowledge that I’ve gained is priceless!

Now you might be saying, “that’s great Peggy, I’d like to do what you did, but I literally don’t know where to start!”. I knew that you’d say that, which is why I created a guide just for you.

This guide is going to take you through 9 essential steps that you’ll need to jump-start your journey to becoming a Virtual Assistant. No, it won’t teach you all the skills and make you an overnight success, but it will give you a great starting point!

After you download the guide, I want you to come and join my closed Facebook Community of Virtual Assistants. I am the host and I show up every day with support, advice, tips, tricks, training, and connections that will help you succeed. I built my VA business alone and it was harder than it needed to be. You need a community, a group of people that will have your back and cheer you on. I have that to give you, so click here and come on over!

I also offer 1:1 coaching and a group program that will help you scale your business FAST. Whether you are feeling stuck in your VA business or just starting, I can help!

 You can learn more about propelling your VA business here.

About the Author

Peggy Re James is a Business Coach for Virtual Assistants. She is passionate about helping Virtual Assistants scale their businesses by giving them both the foundation they need, as well as proven marketing strategies to help propel them quickly to a full-time income. Peggy’s own journey is a testament to the program she teaches – she went from not knowing what a Virtual Assistant was, to matching her husband’s corporate salary in 9 months. Peggy firmly believes that hard work combined with the right strategies can lead VA’s to $5k plus months. As a practicing Virtual Assistant herself, Peggy believes that you truly learn and grow by doing – not by waiting for everything to be perfect before taking action. “Done is better than perfect” is her go-to motto! Her favorite part of being a VA Coach is watching women own their superpowers, push past fear and change their futures. When she isn’t working you’ll find her playing tag in the backyard with her girls, reading a self-development book or enjoying family time with her rather large extended family.