The 4 Biggest Challenges to Starting a VA Business

Starting your own virtual assistant business can be so rewarding, but it doesn’t come without its fair share of challenges. Without a coach or mentor, the lack of knowledge or even a minor setback can hit you like a ton of bricks.

Having faced these challenges myself, I hope that I can give you a little guidance and motivation to get your business off the ground and profitable in no time!

1. A solid support system

Whether it be your spouse, friends, or family you need a support system that will cheer you on and motivate you each step of the way. Starting your own business is hard. I am not going to sugar coat it. Having people in your corner is the key to your success and keeping you motivated when things get hard.

2. Legalities

Choosing your logo and brand colors may be one of the funnest parts of starting your business, but let’s not forget what it takes to make your business legal and legit!
When I first got started, my business entity and contracts were all a big blur. It can be overwhelming but encountering unforeseen issues in the future is worse.
Before getting clients and marketing be sure to do your research on which business entity is right for you. There are pros and cons to a Sole Proprietorship and an LLC so do your homework. It’s also a great idea to protect your business as well as your client with a contract. I love using Not Your Father’s Lawyer for easy templates that you can use right away.

3. Self- Discipline

If you’re like me and you have previously worked in the corporate world or you are starting your VA business to leave your 9-5 for good, you are too excited to say goodbye to those demanding hours and the micromanaging boss. (I don’t blame you!) But one challenge that will take some adjusting is self-discipline. You no longer have anyone telling you that you have to go to work that day or that you have deadlines to meet. Holding yourself accountable and creating systems and boundaries that work for you and your household is a big part of running and growing your business.

4. Getting your first client

It’s no secret that to start and grow a business you have to know people and people have to know about you and your business. Starting a business with no network can be hard but we’ve all been there. Everyone starts on social media with 0 followers I promise. The first step in getting your first client is to be visible! Tell everyone about your business and let them know you have a service that they would benefit from. The goal is to reach those in your target audience or be referred by someone in your target audience. Social media is a game changer and every business should be on these free advertising platforms! Create content that is valuable, educational, and entertaining. Your first client is always the most difficult to find, but once you nail down a marketing strategy, systems, and processes, get ready to start that client waitlist!

Are you looking for support in building or scaling your virtual assistant business? I would love to help. Book your clarity call today to see if my 3 Month VA Mentorship is a good fit for you and your business.