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Back when I was first searching for home-based career options, ‘Virtual Assistant’ would pop up as a suggestion on every other blog post or list I read. I’d worked in some roles during my bricks and mortar career that had some significant administrative components, and my tech skills were pretty solid too, so I was interested in the possibility of working as a VA, but I was put off because I just didn’t know where to start. What specific services should I offer? Where could I source clients? How much should I charge? What insurance did I need? I had too many questions and no readily available answers. I was already pursuing online ESL teaching work at that stage, and looking towards transcription in the near future, so I never pursued the possibility of VA work any further. As it turns out of course, those were the right choices for me. However, when I started researching for this post, I realised pretty quickly that if you know where to look, there’s actually a surprising amount of information and resources available for people looking to establish themselves as a VA in Australia.
So, as is the case with many remote work options, it turns out that social media is a great place to start looking for leads and information. I was pretty chuffed that a quick Facebook search led me to The Nomad VA & Freelancer Community, a group run by Hannah Dixon. Hannah is the founder of Digital Nomad Kit, an online platform offering a range of VA courses (I’ll be reviewing her FREE 5 Day VA Challenge course in May for you, so keep an eye out for that post!). Hannah and Digital Nomad Kit have great reviews on Facebook, and her FB group is a friendly and helpful environment, where you can even find the occasional job ad posted. Definitely some solid resources, in my opinion, and a great place to start if you’re looking to establish a career as a VA.
I also suggest you check out the Australian Virtual Assistants Association. You can find their website here, and their Facebook page here. They offer a range of benefits to their members, and they also host an annual Australian VA Conference, which is in its 10th year, and is coming up soon (on the 22nd and 23rd of March 2019) in Melbourne! You can read more about the conference here.
The VA Institute is another Australian resource I’d recommend you look into. The VA Institute is run by Ingrid Bayer, who has a wealth of experience in the Australian VA landscape. She has been running the VA Institute since 2017, and offers a range of training options. While I’m generally reluctant to personally recommend paid training courses to anyone for a couple of different reasons, and I have not undertaken any of Ingrid’s courses myself, I can tell you that there is some very positive feedback out there about the VA Institute. I spoke to several of Ingrid’s former students during the process of researching this post, and they all without exception spoke of Ingrid, her courses, and the VA Institute in general in glowing terms. Everyone I spoke with said they felt the course was excellent value for money, and that they had gotten many positives out of it. Some positives that particularly stuck out for me in reviews of the VA Institute were the mentions of the ongoing support offered by Ingrid, and also how quickly people were picking up clients after completing the course. You can also find the VA Institute Hub group on Facebook, as well as the Virtual Assistant Network (Australia), which is another group (unrelated to the VA Institute) that Ingrid admins.
The next resource you may want to look into is Virtually Yours, an Australian company run by Rosie Shilo. Rosie matches clients with her network of VAs. Virtually Yours offers three different levels of membership for VAs looking to join the network, ranging from $9.90 to $50 per month. Each membership category has different levels of access to Virtually Yours’ resources and opportunities, with discounts available for annual memberships too. Rosie and Virtually Yours have fantastic reviews online, and from the available reviews I get the definite impression that her community of VAs are quite collaborative and very supportive of each other, so Virtually Yours is definitely something I’d recommend that people looking to get their start as a VA in Australia look into. You can check out the Virtually Yours Facebook page here.
Virtual Assistant Networking Group is another Facebook resource you may want to look into. It’s a 12,000-member strong group, and there is access to a variety of resources on their page. The group is run by Tawnya Sutherland, founder of VAnetworking.com, which is advertised as a resource for virtual assistants worldwide. While I personally haven’t accessed any of the available resources, and as such can’t comment as to their relevance specifically for Australian VAs, Tawnya was lovely and very helpful when I reached out to her about being referenced in this post, and I’d certainly be exploring her resources further if I was pursuing a career as a VA.
That’s it for this post. I’ve also got lots more content coming up about virtual assistance in the near future, so if you’re an aspiring or current VA, be sure to subscribe to the blog, or follow our Facebook page, so you don’t miss out on anything.
Happy business building,