4 Ways to Use Your Executive Assistant Expertise to Build a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert® Business

Aug 11, 2020

The needs of companies are changing, and they are seeking more cost-effective methods of getting work done. As a result, where Executive Assistants once played a pivotal role in the daily flow of a business, Virtual Assistants and Virtual Experts® are stepping onto the scene as a practical, more-economical choice for many businesses.

Employers can skip the overhead pay and pay only for the productive time needed by hiring a Virtual Expert®.

Stats show that the Executive Assistant (EA) jobs declined by a whopping 23% over the past 5 years. And they’re expected to drop another 20% by 2028.

If you’re an Executive Assistant, don’t despair. I’ll share how your skill-set and knowledge gives you a head start on building your own home-based business as a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert®.

While there are differences between an EA and a VA, there’s no doubt that the skills, experience, and expertise you’ve acquired as an Executive Assistant will help you thrive as a VA.

 

Here are the 4 Ways to use your Executive Assistant expertise to build a Virtual Assistant and Virtual Expert® business:

 

1. You choose the tasks you provide for clients.

One of the first things you need to decide as a Virtual Assistant or Virtual Expert® is what your target market—your clientele—needs. Then tailor your services to fit their needs.

Fortunately, you’ve rehearsed and fine-tuned your skill-set in your role as an Executive Assistant. You already possess the expertise you need to thrive as a Virtual Assistant.

As a Virtual Assistant, you’re not constrained to only the tasks you’ve done as an Executive Assistant. You have the luxury of narrowing your niche, discovering your area of specialization and choosing the services you provide.

If you hate scheduling meetings or answering emails, you don’t have to offer those services to your clients. When you create your own VE business, the ultimate goal is for you to be happy and love what you’re doing.

If you don’t know where to begin to determine your target market, do some research online to find out what interests you. Research your target market to find out what services they need and what you’d enjoy doing for them.

 

2. You understand the pressure of business.

In your role as an Executive Assistant, you’ve felt the pressure of deadlines, big meetings, and important events.
You recognize that no day is the same. You’ve experienced firsthand that there are a variety of tasks that can come up in an instant that can change the course of the rest of the day.

You understand how to manage those unpredictable tasks with finesse.

Additionally, you know the pressure your clients feel because you’ve worked closely with your boss in the business world. You know your client hired a Virtual Expert® because she doesn’t have the time, energy, or desire to complete specific tasks.

With this knowledge and your experience in the business world, you can anticipate your clients’ needs. This insight will be advantageous to help your clients achieve their goals.

 

3. You already know business.

Your experience working in a business will undoubtedly help you develop your own business as a Virtual Expert®.

As an Executive Assistant, you spent innumerable hours completing the tasks that keep a business running. Again, you’re already a pro.

You’ve been privy to what works, what saves time, and what doesn’t work at all. Therefore, you don’t have to waste your time trying to figure out the best way to accomplish something; you’ve already perfected that.

 

4. You have an experienced perspective.

Because you’ve worked in a business setting where you worked closely with your boss, you understand the daily and long-term struggles your clients face.

As a result, you have the ability to empathize with your clients. You can provide insights that will help them achieve their ultimate goals. Due to your experience perspective, your clients will value your input on the inner workings of their business.

There is no doubt that you can use your skills and expertise as an Executive Assistant to build your own home-based business as a Virtual Assistant and to help your clients achieve their goals.

 

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