VA Entrepreneur: To Be or Not To Be

Update Logo 1I have always mentioned here that a virtual assistance career is a journey of self-discovery. The path to take is not always straight, plain or smooth. Bumpy roads such as self-doubts and “fail” days can fill your path. And when you move forward you would have to make scary and risky decisions if you want to go ahead and improve or else stay on with your comfort zone – leave growth for the next day to decide.

One of the most challenging questions a VA would need to answer is if they continue with their journey as employees or as an Entrepreneur. This is a crossroad we often encounter and at most part, we choose entrepreneurship. But as we go on this direction, more bumpy roads are ahead of us; that is when we begin to question, just what it would take me to get pass through it and be the VA I want to be? And when answers evade us, we settle as being employees yet again.

No, I am not saying that serving my clients as their fulltime VA, salary-based, is boring. Wanting more does not mean that I would rather be in another place or work. It is not about the fun of working with my virtual employers. It is about the challenges I put to myself to grow. Take on more control on the services I provide. Take on a more challenging role with my clients. Instead of waiting on tasks, I suggest; I lead; I recommend.

And in doing so, working in partnership with my client, I can get out from the limit my job description has put me into. 4 years into this business; 4 years of serving great clients; sharing a dream; seeing their vision; it is really hard to just sit and not do something to help more.

This is why, a time would have to come when being an employee VA is not enough. Growth would insist to take more room; take on more challenges; helping more; providing more…

But where to start to get pass through that crossroad – through those hurdles?

Just like when I started this career, I know nothing; but I went on this road anyways. I guess looking back I am now taking those steps again, knowing nothing about entrepreneurship but I am moving forward anyways. I found myself doing the following yet again…

  1. Evaluate skills. I have to know what I learned so far as this would be my services package.
  2. Take on a mentor and apply guiding principles to keep me grounded. I still take on mentors and inspirations as I did before. Only this time, I followed those who took on entrepreneurship too.
  3. Seek out the right people to join me with this new endeavor as a VA. I created a team of people I can trust and share my aspirations as well as frustrations.
  4. Take a deep breath.
  5. Launch my website– launch my business!

If you are a VA like myself, maybe you could take on the steps above as well. My best advice is to just take a deep breath and take the leap of launching your website.

NOTE: don’t forget to inform your current employer that you have taken on the challenge of growth. Introduce the new you – VA Entrepreneur.

For more details on how I took on this journey and how I manage thus far, visit my New Website. Let’s take on new challenges together. Don’t forget to leave a comment below or just shoot me a message in my Contact Me Form – believe me, I always have time to answer inquiries.

 

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My Journey… more to come!

 

 

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Guilty of Neglect

Truth to tell, this is the first blog that I have online with a niche that I love so much to write about. However, as you can see, I still did not take the time to update this… my bad. I do have my reasons and hopefully these reasons can justify the neglect that I did.

Reason# 1: Online soul searching

For the past year, I was determined to set up a professional image online. This means that any blog with a .wordpress or .blogspot or whatever extension need to go. I need to have a www.somedomainnameichoosetorepresentwhoiamonline.com so that I can establish my brand online.

And yes, I was able to buy two domains and got it up online. Remember the www.sunnyjeanblogging.com and the www.kickstartva.com? Don’t bother clicking these links as they will end up… most probably in a server not found. If you have forgotten about these sites… you have half the reason why I closed the sites.

The thing is, as much as I like blogging, sunnyjeanblogging did not sound quite right. It lacks the direction I needed to be online. I thought that I don’t want to be just blogging, I want to be blogging for something I like. But, at that time when I have that site up on hostgator, I still have no clear grasped as to who I am online… nada…

With kickstartva, I really love the sassy sound of kickstart. I also did like the idea of providing Virtual Assistant services such as Web Development, Web Content Management, Social Media Management and Online Business Management support; however, I fear the responsibility it entails. I am, after all, a one man show. And, it was not a blogging site too.

So, I was not able to post blogs there (at kickstartva) and I was not able to sustain my two “professional” with no .something sites. I know, I still need to do a lot of soul searching on how I need to represent myself online.

Reason#2: Perfectionist Mentality

I know, it is better to be 20% good and have it started than be 100% and never get to start anything at all. You know, I pride myself as a planner and a doer of my plan. But, one of my flows is that if I see something is not right, I back off and take a rest and rethink things through until they are perfect for me.

I saw this site as not so perfect and I was planning to shift to a more perfect place to blog. As a result, a lot of tips, interest, ideas etc… went down to drain because I was waiting for that perfect situation to blog.

Imagine, one year of silence; one year of neglect… I am so sorry blog.

So, why am I here again?

Of course, I did not give up on my www.nodotsomethingintheendsiteexcept.com . I still plan to buy my hosting. But, as I have to work for it, I need to have an outlet of what I am up to at the moment. Lots of things happened for the past year. I learned a lot too in line with internet marketing and I so love to share these with you.

Of course, I would still share the basics on how you get started to earn online. A lot of people are asking me how and where to start earning online and I still will post a lot of tips where you can get started. However, I would like to emphasize on ethics of working online and of course, the perks of working at home.

You will certainly hear a lot of me here from now on until I got that domain (yeah, I got the domain, just the hosting).

If you need me to tackle some topics about Internet Marketing, Online business set up, blogging for your business and just about anything you want to know working and earning online, don’t be shy to leave a comment below and I will be glad to share what I know about it.

Don’t forget to like my FB page too! Twitter coming up soon 😀

 

Sunnyjean

How much is a fulltime income online?

Hello everyone! How are you?

Let me share to you a secret. The truth is that when I started out writing advice as to how to write an article (http://kalyptraascott.hubpages.com/hub/A-Novice-Writer-How-to-start-writing), that piece was my first article that I wrote. When I started out sharing how it is to be an article writer online and being paid about it, it was just my assumption as I haven’t received my payment yet. In short, I wrote what I want to have and be before it actually happens to me.

But of course, with this blog, I am passed that. I have established a steady online career. Not a millionaire, but a person who can earn fulltime income online. But wait; there is another thing I have to confess first before I continue with the topic – when I started this blog, I WAS NOT REALLY EARNING ENOUGH to call it a fulltime income; this is because I just recently quit a fulltime office job to be really fulltime online and earn the income that I want from home.

Okay, I have said what I want to say…

But why do I have to say my confessions now? Because right now, I am officially a VA (that is the reason why I have no entry for quite some time) who is working at home earning the income that I want – a fulltime income.

Just how much is a fulltime income if you work online?

This has actually a subjective answer. Some would say their fulltime income is Php15,000 while others would go as far as Php70,000 per month. So how much is the fulltime income I am talking about here? It’s all of the above.

You see, if you work at home and set your own working time, you are in control with our own productivity. And with this kind of career online, you can earn as much as you want depending on how much you can produce.

As a content writer, I can aim how many articles I want to finish within a day. If I want to reach Php30K per month, I would have to write around 10 articles day. I can aim how much I can earn.

But of course, your fulltime income would depend on what type of skills you have. A friend of mine shared just how much you can earn as a VA. Check his post about it here: http://onlinejobslifestyle.com/online-job-salary-virtual-assistant/

I have written what possible positions you can have online as well in my post here: https://earnfulltimeincomeonline.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/you-need-to-ask-yourself-this-question-what-skills-do-i-need-to-work-online/

This goes to say that if you are working online, you can aim just how much you want to earn. How much do you want to earn? I might help you with that…

 

So stay tune for my next post here: how to land a good job online…

You need to ask yourself this question: What SKILLS do I need to work online?

When I talk about earn fulltime income online, some people would think I am talking about MLM or some company you need to join for a price. While I do believe that you need to invest, I go by my principle of earning online for FREE. The truth is that I am earning without shelling any cash from my own pockets. This is basically because I don’t know how to put some funds on my paypal and I don’t want to know how (at the moment).

As a writer, I invested on copyscape.com and on registering my own domain name at namecheap.com. Now, I plan to invest for spinning software to help me with my work. But the cash I will spend and spent for the tools I needed online came from the earnings I got from the services I provided online. So you see I don’t spend. Instead, I invest my time and skills to earn cash and a small amount of cash that I earned online I invest to be more efficient and effected online earner.

However, before you can plan to improve yourself, you just have to know what you need to improve. So I ask you, what can you do that you think people will pay you for it?

Skills that is needed online

So what do you need to posses to be able to provide services online? You know, I spent days, a month I guess, reading job post just so I know what skill I can learn and develop. So far, skills I noticed needed are the following:

  1. Writing skills – yes, I would mention my cup of tea of first. The truth is that if want to earn online fast and sure you need to have some writing skills. Pat Flynn says so in his podcast. But I am not saying this because other people said that it is so. I base this from my experience. I have been writing online just to learn. Now, if you have a knack of writing, you got to read about it in my one of my posts here about it entitled Earn fulltime income online: Where to Start?.

Aside from what I have mentioned, if you don’t want to write for someone, you can actually write some product reviews at squidoo.com and promote some amazon products there. You can earn from revenue sharing sites like helium.com and infobarel.co too. In these sites, you can improve your writing skills and earn too. Not so much but if you are a pro, you can start offering your services as the following type of writers too:

  • Ghost writer – my understanding about this is that if you write as another person you are a ghost writer. Most often, this happens to writing blog posts and ebook for other people.
  • Article writer or rewriter – article writer can be all of the writers but I want to emphasize that if you are an article writer, you basically would write SEO rich articles for maybe article submissions (where you submit or post articles on article directories like ezine.com, amazines.com, amazines.com and a lot more). Article rewriter on the other hand is when you rewrite an article. There are three different ways to rewrite an article and I will tell you how next time. I did write a little bit about it in my hub last year here.
  • Web Content writer – now, all that I have mentioned are about web content writers. So why do I say it again? Well, web content writing for me is when I have to write specific content for a specific website like when I have to write an ‘About Us’ or when I have to write a company profile and about their products and services.

Don’t take just my word. I have been reading online too and I read this article, so nicely put that I just have to link you there here. If my words cannot make you understand how it is to earn writing online, maybe this article can. And for more writer types, you can read this article http://www.writing-world.com/basics/types.shtml.

Online writer can earn from $1 dollar per article to $5. And if you are really good, you can write articles that are worth $10 and up. (This is a rate given to Filipinos).

  1. VA skills – well, I am still new with this position and I am enjoying it. VA or Virtual Assistant is like an online secretary. This is where you do things like scheduling, creating power point presentation and preparing reports, to say the least. To learn more about VA, you can visit this site http://www.virtual-assistant-training.com/faq.html.

VAs do a lot of things and there are about 5 groupings or categories for their job description. You can read more about it here http://virtualassistant-jobs.com/tag/five-types-of-virtual-assistant-jobs. A VA can also do some specific and special tasks required by their employer such as downloading files or converting doc files to PDF files. If you have some clerical skills and good English communication skills, you will probably find a good career being a VA.

VAs in the Philippines earn between $300 to $700 dollars a month. This amount could be more as you grow along with the company who hired you. If you want to be a VA and you don’t know where you start you can like Virtual Staff Finder at facebook.

  1. Graphic skills – Logo designs, banner designs and web page layout design need to have person who have some graphics skills. Well, this is not for me but graphic artist are well paid online. a site, www.hiretheworld.com is all about opportunities for graphic designing.
  2. Video editing skills – I just realized this lately actually. As youtube.com continue to bring influence on its viewers, online and offline or both entrepreneurs realized what an effective video marketing is online. So aside from the written content, these businessmen also hire online workers who can do video edit. You have to learn moviemaker software to be a video editor. Some employers provide training but it is best to learn firsthand as this is the only way you can apply for this position.
  3. Web designing – yes, web designing, of course, is a needed skill online. You will need to know about CSS and basic HTML for this position. Tools such as Photoshop and fireworks are a must as well. You also might need to learn how to customize wordpress themes and create a theme child. You will also have to be able to set up a website and have it live online. If you are serious about being a web page designers, lots of great tutorials is available at Lynda.com.
  4. Web programming – and for the great, a place a dare not tread, are the position of online programmers. Well, I need not elaborate on this one. Gives me the creeps. This is yet a dream I don’t want to fulfill… (yes, I have to quit the rhetoric)

So what do these guys (ladies) do? They are the ones responsible for making our online experience fun. They do the apps, the platforms, the games and the lot. So if you are into that then you might not be reading this blog at all… you will know your skill to get confuse what you can do online. (But if you happen to visit my blog here, do share your experience as an online programmer.)

I hope you learned something from this post here and answered some of your questions about how to earn online.

So what skills do you think you have now that will enable you to earn online?

Stay tune for more tips and advices!

Sunnyjean