Become A Virtual Assistant

How can you get from where you are now to
RIGHT WHERE YOU WANT TO BE?


You're here because you want to start a successful virtual assistant business. But you just don't know where to go from here or how to get started. Or, maybe you've already spent hours or even months trying to get your questions answered and you're not getting anywhere!Work from Home | Become A Virtual Assistant eBook

The Become a Virtual Assistant eBook from Virtual Assistant Forums (the popular online community for VAs) is your road map to startup success!

Get the startup information and advice you're looking for PLUS all of the new business startup worksheets, sample virtual assistant contracts, and small business documents you need to successfully launch your business.
All for just $49!



This eBook can't make you a successful virtual assistant (only YOU can do that!) - but it will help you avoid months of questioning, uncertainty, and research so you can

Get down to the business of running
YOUR VIRTUAL ASSISTANT BUSINESS

There's no secret formula or expensive membership that will change the fact that if you want to start and grow a successful virtual assistant business you've got a lot of work to do. This eBook is

Your PLAN OF ATTACK for getting the work done
and GETTING IT DONE RIGHT from the start.


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Here's exactly what you'll find in the Become A Virtual Assistant eBook, along with a list of the 35 startup worksheets, sample contracts, and business documents that come with the eBook.

EBOOK TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
Do You Have What It Takes?

  • The Honeymoon Phase
  • Reality Check
  • Dispelling the Myths
Beyond Trust
Ethics = Business Success


Your Plan for Success
Business Planning

  • Success Plan Exercise
Setting Up Shop
Your Home Office

  • Where to Put It
  • What to Put In It
More Than a Name
Creating Your Brand

  • Creating Your Company Mission Statement
  • Mission Statement Exercise
  • Naming Your Business
  • Business Naming Exercise
Making It Official
Choosing a Legal Structure for Your Business

  • Sole Proprietorship
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • General Partnership
  • Understanding DBA (Doing Business As)
  • Contacting Your Secretary of State
You Are Not an Employee
Independent Contractors & Small Business Taxes

  • Distinctions of VAs as Independent Contractors
  • Federal Tax Laws for the Self Employed
  • Self Employment Tax
  • Local State & City Tax Laws
  • The Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Should Your Hire a Tax Professional?
Your Business Bank Account
  • Business vs. Hobby
  • Crystal Clear Write-offs & Stress-free Audits
  • Good Money Management
  • Securing a Loan
  • Features of a Small Business Bank Account
  • Narrowing Down Your Options
Do What You Love
Determining Your Services

  • General Administration
  • Specialized Services
  • Determining Your Services
  • Other Considerations
Crunching Numbers
Setting Your Rates

  • Market Value
  • Making a Profit
  • Raising Your Rates
A Strong Foundation
Your Business Policies & Procedures

  • Points to Consider
  • Policies & Procedures Exercise
  • Put It Into Practice
Why You Can't Afford To Work Without a Contract
  • The $1,300 Question
  • Pitfalls of Not Using a Contract
  • Your Business, Your Contract
  • When They Won't Sign
  • When Clients Want to Use Their Own Contracts
  • Important Clauses
  • Basic Contract Outline
  • Confidentiality Agreements
Who Will You Partner With?
Defining Your Ideal Client

  • Your Ideal Client
  • Ideal Client Exercise
Taking Aim
Defining Your Target Market

  • Do Your Homework
  • Target Market Exercise
Getting Their Attention
Marketing & Networking

  • Local Networking
  • Online Networking
  • More Marketing Ideas
  • Creating Your Marketing & Networking Plan
Your Virtual Assistant Business Website
  • Choosing a Domain Name
  • Selecting Website Hosting
  • Creating Your Website
  • Website Content
  • Standing Out From the Crowd
  • Website Do's & Don'ts
  • Get Some Link Love
Your Business Blog
  • Benefits of Blogging
  • Choosing a Blogging Platform
  • Top Blogging Platforms to Explore
  • Getting Started
  • Top Ten ideas For Blog Posts
How to Respond to RFPs
  • Follow Directions!
  • Flex Your Research Skills
  • Follow Up (Again!)
  • Sample RFP
The Art of Getting Paid
Billing & Invoicing

  • Time & Task Tracking
  • Billing on Retainer
  • Billing by the Hour
  • Billing by the Project
  • Invoicing
  • Payment Terms
  • Handling Late Payments
Keeping Clients Means Keeping Clients Happy
  • Long Term Client Relations
  • Saying 'Thank You'
  • Asking for Feedback
When Things Don't Work Out
How to Fire a Client

  • You Know it's Time to Fire Your Client When:
  • Alternatives to Saying Goodbye
  • Letting Go
New Skills = New Services
  • Staying Ahead of the Curve
  • Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone
  • Jack of All Trades, Master of None
The Good News & the Bad News
  • No Virtual Assistant Is an Island
  • Taking Care of #1
A Day in the Life of a Virtual Assistant (A Poem)

BONUS Small Business Resources List


WORKSHEETS & SAMPLE CONTRACTS

Worksheets (6)
  • Success Plan Worksheet
  • Ideal Client Worksheet
  • Target Market Worksheet
  • Mission Statement Worksheet
  • Business Policies & Procedures Worksheet
  • Business Name Brainstorming Worksheet
Sample Contracts & Agreements (22)
  • Virtual Assistant Services Agreement
  • Freelance Agreement (per hour)
  • Freelance Agreement (per project)
  • Consultant Services Agreement
  • UK Services Contract (per hour)
  • UK Services Contract (per project)
  • UK Virtual Assistant Services Agreement
  • UK Consultant Services Agreement
  • Canadian Services Contract (per hour)
  • Canadian Services Contract (per project)
  • Addendum to Contract
  • Mutual Release from Contract
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • LLC Membership Agreement
  • Partnership Agreement
  • Partnership Dissolution Agreement
  • Website Design Agreement
  • Project Management Contract
  • Ghostwriter Agreement
  • Cease & Desist Agreement
  • Agreement to Purchase Domain Name
  • Assignment of Copyright
Business Documents (7)
  • Formal Business Plan Template
  • Invoice Template
  • UK Invoice Template (with VAT)
  • Web Development Client Questionnaire
  • Informal Late Payment Letter
  • First Late Payment Collection Letter
  • Client Meeting Actionable Items Template


PLUS...
  • A hand-picked list of over 100 free or affordable small business and virtual assistant industry resources!

Get it ALL for $49

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"Become a Virtual Assistant is 130 pages of
AWESOME!
"

-Christina Nelson, Business Darlings


The perfect road map
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-LaTosha Johnson, Target Stars


"If you are serious about starting your business this is
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-Lee Drozak, My Office Assistant


"
From A to Z, it's in here
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"
The ONLY resource
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-Janine Gregor, Your Virtual Wizard


"[This eBook] is
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-Lisa McDonell, The Brainy Gal


"The information you'll get in the Become a Virtual Assistant eBook amounts to
everything you need to know
to launch a business online."

-Mary Ruth, Virtual Writing & Communications


"[The eBook is]
a framework for every step
of the journey towards becoming an independent, successful business owner."

-Hilde Van den Braak, VBB & Associates


Work from Home | Become A Virtual Assistant eBook Buying this eBook won't change your life overnight or make you a millionaire, but it will spare you the frustration and expense of learning the hard way. Trial and error is unavoidable in any new business venture, but imagine how far ahead you'll be with this eBook to show you how to

Get from where you are right now to
RIGHT WHERE YOU WANT TO BE!

Yes! I want the

Become A Virtual Assistant

eBook, the 35 FREE worksheets and documents, AND the FREE BONUS list of over 100 small business and virtual assistant industry resources!

All for just $49!


Want more personalized help and instruction?
Sign up for Virtual Assistant Business Jumpstart!

(You'll get the eBook PLUS six weeks of hands-on learning and instruction with our live, online class!)