3 Trends Every Virtual Assistant Needs to Know

Some things about the virtual assistant have changed, some have remained the same. Check out this industry report about the trends that all virtual assistants must know and my three observations.

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I started my virtual assistant journey in 2007 with a few things: a desktop computer, a printer/scanner/fax combo, a phone line and a heck of a whole lot of determination.

No website. No social media profile.

So, when Craig over at Freelance University (better known as FreeU) came out with his “2019 Virtual Professional Report”, I wanted to take a read to see how much has changed over the years, if anything.

If you’re not familiar with Freelance University, they are the gold standard when it comes to courses for virtual assistants and freelancers. I’ve taken a few of their courses over the years, learned a lot and implemented what I learned to service numerous clients.

Back to the report findings.

Craig and his fab team surveyed 372 virtual service providers to see what trends are hot in the industry.

I’ve gotta tell you - I was surprised by a few findings.

Here are my three takeaways from the report (you’ll have a chance to grab your own copy at the end):

#1 - Over half of virtual assistants consider themselves a generalist.

This took me back to my beginning days, when I offered general services: calendar management, scheduling contractors, preparing documents. I started off with what I could do with no problem, no training needed -- because I already knew how to do those things like a boss.

As time went on, I learned more specialized skills because the industry (and clients) demanded it.

But what this report showed is that there’s still a need for general services. And that’s a good thing because that should let all new virtual assistants know that starting out with little in the way of technical skills is actually okay.

Something I share in my mastermind group: Start where you are. Grow as you go. This report proves that.

#2 - Virtual assistants are finding clients with previous employers.

Finding clients has got to be the one thing that will make or break a virtual assistant. According to this report, over half of the respondents have found clients with previous employers, followed closely by social media. Ask and you shall receive, it looks like.

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#3 - Virtual assistants are the kings (or queens) of side hustling.

About one-third of virtual assistants who took the survey are working a full-time or part-time job, which goes to show you virtual assistant work can be a supplement or even full-time income. As a full-time employee myself, I can attest to this one. Now I don’t feel so lonely :)

Grab this workbook to help you in your side hustle journey.

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If you’re just starting your virtual assistant journey, there’s plenty of room for you so join us! And I invite you to take my complementary course, How to Become a Virtual Assistant in 9 Steps. I’ll show you the exact steps to take to get started -- without a website or any of the fancy trappings. You can do all that stuff later :)

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Make sure to grab Craig’s report and share your thoughts in the comments. Until next time!