How to become a Virtual Assistant 

Frequently asked questions about becoming a VA 

We always welcome questions about becoming a Virtual Assistant and from our years of experience, have compiled a list of the top 13 questions (and answers!) below. 
1. What is a Virtual Assistant and what do they do? 
In our experience and for our franchisees, there really is no limit to what a Virtual Assistant can do as each VA is unique and possesses a diverse range of skills and expertise. 
A good definition however is that a Virtual Assistant is someone who carries out tasks business owners either don’t know how to do, are too busy to do, don’t want to do. 
A Virtual Assistant is committed to understanding each individual client’s needs and ambitions and tailoring support to help them succeed. 
2. What type of person uses a Virtual Assistant? 
Anyone can hire a Virtual Assistant. From one-man-bands to larger organisations, it is any business that needs help with ad-hoc or ongoing tasks, or perhaps wants a Virtual Assistant to help them grow their business and take it to the next level. 
A VA improves efficiency, eases the pressure and helps them reach their goals. From an extra pair of hands for a short-term emergency to long-term outsourced support, A Virtual Assistant makes an immediate and tangible difference by satisfying the real need for small businesses to work smarter. A Pink Spaghetti VA plugs gaps in skill sets, take laborious tasks off to-do lists, and bring clarity and order where it matters the most to help businesses succeed. 
3. Where do I start if I want to become a Virtual Assistant? 
If you are ambitious, motivated and enthusiastic, want a career which is home-based as well as a blossoming career which reflects the work-life balance you desire, then being a Virtual Assistant is a fantastic career choice. 
And if the prospect of starting a business on your own feels exciting but slightly daunting, then becoming a Pink Spaghetti franchisee and joining our award-winning network could be the answer. 
Investing in a Virtual Assistant franchise will help you fulfil your dreams and achieve your goals quicker and with the support you need on a daily basis. 
4. What skills do I need to become a Virtual Assistant? 
The only tool you need to become a Pink Spaghetti Virtual Assistant is a love of organisation, bags of enthusiasm and a can-do attitude. 
Our VAs are used to being calm under pressure, possess clear communication skills and have a positive, non-judgmental character. 
A Virtual Assistant needs to be resilient, ambitious and with a strong growth mindset. Pink Spaghetti VAs relish the freedom of being their own boss but also thrive on having the support and network of like-minded individuals in the form of other franchisees and the experienced team at HQ. 
5. How long does it take to set up a Virtual Assistant business? 
Setting up as a Virtual Assistant can take a while if you are starting from scratch and have to build your own website and create a brand, however for a Pink Spaghetti franchisee, you are able to start your business from day one as all those aspects are taken care of (we even set up all your social media accounts for you). 
6. How much does it cost to get started as a Virtual Assistant? 
While you can start as a Virtual Assistant with no investment, in a crowded market, this makes it 100 times harder to succeed and stand out. That’s why investing in a Virtual Assistant franchise (with all the benefits of ongoing training and support and access to a network of like-minded franchisees) is a preferred route for many. 
7. How long does it take Virtual Assistants to your first client? 
Independent VA’s may wait a while to find their first clients as getting noticed and meeting the right connections can take time. For Pink Spaghetti Virtual Assistants, while relationship building can still take time, with our training and 'business in a box' concept, the wait time to getting your first client takes a lot less time (and we also refer clients across our network with our unique ‘cross-franchise’ model). 
8. Where do Virtual Assistants clients come from? 
A Virtual Assistant will need to market their business and be happy to network (online and face-to-face). A Pink Spaghetti VA gets help with all of these areas including monthly marketing and networking training. 
9. How much money do you make as a Virtual Assistant? 
There's no limit to what you can earn as a Pink Spaghetti Virtual Assistant - our established franchisees are regularly turning over between £48,000 and £100,000 per year. 
10. Do Virtual Assistants need to be techy? 
As a Virtual Assistant, you are more than likely need to be fairly confident with technology. At Pink Spaghetti, our training includes face-to-face learning and we also have an extensive online learning academy where we train all our franchisees on everything from social media to CRM systems. As long as you are fairly tech-savvy with your phone and laptop and not scared to learn new systems, you will be fine! 
11. Do I need years of experience in admin to be a Virtual Assistant? 
Not at all, Virtual Assistants come from a wide range of professional, senior corporate and middle management backgrounds. From event organisers, HR managers, to public sector roles – what a VA has in common is an appetite to succeed and a can-do attitude. 
12. Do Virtual Assistants need a website? 
A Virtual Assistant website is very much a benefit to help people find you. At Pink Spaghetti, our Virtual Assistants are provided with a web page on our main website where we actively promote the business to generate leads and enquiries. 
13. How do I know if being a Virtual Assistant is right for me? 
If you think being a Virtual Assistant could be right for you, check out the ‘Our Franchisees’ page of our website, click here
Then, why not request our prospectus by emailing [email protected] 
You can find out more about our franchise network and becoming a Pink Spaghetti franchisee by clicking here
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