“After watching the video of Melissa, I knew immediately that I had to join. I am very happy that I did! I’ve always wanted to connect with other VAs who are also passionate about what they do and supportive of other VAs. My experience so far has helped me to become more motivated in achieving my goals. I have also learned new things that I have implemented to grow my VA business. It’s always refreshing to know the perspective of other well-established VAs and you get that from AVA!”
Growing Your VA Business & Income
You’ve got a full book of business and clients. Now what? Thinking about growing your team, adding services, diversifying your income, or adding to your title? We’ve been there too! Know all your options and speak to others in the industry. Also, give back! Your insights are invaluable to those currently making difficult decisions.
“What I love about AVA is that I’m learning so much and there are so many great resources available. This space is helping me grow and it also allows me to share the mistakes I’ve made in the building process without feeling self-conscious. I’m gaining insight, and perspective which makes me feel hopeful and energized.”
– Lizabeth Wesely-Casella
Rebranding or Selling Your VA Business
Rebranding can be difficult but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you are now coaching, writing, speaking, or podcasting know how to rebrand yourself and still be true to who you are and the audience you serve. Being a virtual assistant has the same career path and opportunities as other industries and that means you can also build a business to sell later.
“Thank you so much for creating the AVA and for all you do for its members! I have researched and truly believe in associations! Love the collaboration, the camaraderie and your willingness to take member input to improve the association and help them with their businesses! I absolutely love the non-competitive nature of this group of powerful VA’s. Let’s do this TOGETHER!”
– Bonnie Schutz
Q. Why do industry standards matter?
a. A world without industry standards would mean chaos. From minimum safety standards when building homes, to how we put gas in our vehicles, the outlet plugs we use, and even how we are affected by time zones. VAs may not run the world yet, but think of how often and how much of your time is spent educating clients on the industry of virtual assistants. We know this first hand and know that industry standards aren’t simply meant to educate but elevate. The AVA wants to elevate its virtual assistant members as the new trusted standard of excellence.
Q. Do clients care about industry standards?
a. In our research, we found that a major factor for clients not hiring a virtual assistant was not solely based on price – it was based on the fact that they could not verify if what they were paying was reasonable in comparison to other VAs. In other words, there were no industry standards to consult. Imagine yourself as a consumer and trying to make a purchase without any knowledge of the market. Would you make a significant purchase, one with lasting impact on your business (which has a direct impact on your lifestyle) without doing some research? Your future clients are savvy consumers and will gladly pay you your worth if they know you are the trusted standard of excellence.
Q. Do Virtual Assistants really need an association to advocate on their behalf?
a. Yes! As the industry faces new challenges and incredible opportunities the standards, from pricing to protocol, and procedure must be tested and updated. This provides protection and may even require laws to be passed. Something the Association of Virtual Assistants is committed to. Traditional in-person assistants have their associations, now you have yours!
Q. I’m already a part of several VA groups. How is this different?
a. This is not a group. Rather an association. The group you are a part of at the moment is most likely defined by a single VA. The group may have his/her trademarked methodology or service system as an added benefit. The purpose of the Association of Virtual Assistants is not to form a group around any one person’s ideas or objectives. The AVA is committed to serving the industry as a whole and in unity. While we will do everything we can to support your personal and professional development this is about setting the industry standard across all fields and future-proofing an entire industry. Something that no one else and no group is addressing.
Q. Why should I care about the future of virtual assistants?
a. Being an assistant is a calling and a privilege. As VAs we get to live the best of both worlds by serving and enjoying freedom and flexibility. It is a field many are entering and more easily than ever before thanks to all those who paved the way before us. It is our duty and calling to also provide a trusted resource for those virtual assistants entering the field daily, as well as those in the future. The AVA is a trusted resource for the virtual assistants of today, tomorrow, and the future. Without industry standards and advocacy virtual assistants are at risk and have to climb an uphill battle on their own. The AVA will pave the way for current and future VAs.