How does a Virtual Assistant become a subcontractor?

Here Guest Vlogger Lanel with Taylored Office Solutions answers Tami’s question “I’m just getting started and thought subcontracting would be a good way to learn the ropes. Is it a good idea to start calling or e-mailing other VAs looking for work?”

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My name is Candy and I own OffAssist. I've been a VA since February 2002 and work full time with my husband at it. We have been very successful and I am always being asked for just 2 minutes of my time. This is my way of giving everyone... "just 2 minutes of my time". Enjoy and please ask away!

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5 Responses to How does a Virtual Assistant become a subcontractor?

  1. Sally Kuhlman March 13, 2009 at 11:04 am #

    Lanel – great answer!

    Building relationships is the best way to build your business. I only hire Virtual Assistants that I have gotten to know via Twitter, VAnetworking, IVAA, Facebook, MySpace, in person VA conferences, etc. I get a lot of resumes and emails from VAs I don’t know and I always suggest to those people to start networking on line and getting to know VAs before asking for work.

    Also, when you are a business owner you do not need to be sending resumes anymore. Resumes are for employees not business owners.

    Thanks!

    Sally Kuhlman’s last blog post..Control Your Privacy Settings On Facebook

  2. Collette Schultz March 18, 2009 at 8:16 pm #

    As a VA subcontractor for two years I have found it to beneficial just as you said, I learn the ropes prior to jumping full force.

    I was interviewed about my subcontracting niche with Darlen Victoria. You may find this audio to be very helpful. Let me know if you have questions.
    http://www.mypodcastharmony.com/avp/shownotes.html

    Collette Schultz’s last blog post..Is Subcontracting For You?

  3. Patty Dost March 25, 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    I also agree with Lanel. I’ve been a subcontractor or team member for various VAs. I made these contacts through posting to the forums and meeting VAs at conferences. I’ve learned tons from other VAs and learn something new every day. Definitely network online or face-to-face and show individuals what you can do. Once they see your knowledge, they’ll think of you first when they need something.

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