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Virtual Assistant / Project Manager - could it work?(4 Posts)
Have posted on start ups to.
I've been a SAHM for nearly 3 years and am looking to set up my own business. I'm stuck on ideas and low on confidence, probably because I've been out of the workplace for a while. My background is IT project management (public sector) but would not want to return. My youngest is now in nursery for a few mornings a week and I would like to set up my own business.
Logically I should use my skills: project management (would need to refresh due to length of time), admin, PA, minutes etc.
My questions are:
Are there any virtual assistants/PMs out there and/is there a demand for such like?
Would I need to bid for work?
How would I price myself? Obviously I would be new to the virtual work but am well skilled in a non-virtual environment.
Plus, as mentioned, my self-belief is a little low right now so I'm guessing this would be a relatively low risk start up?
There are quite a few virtual PAs out there. Round here I think they charge about £25 per hour.
Your start up costs would be low but the tricky part would be getting yr first few clients as you wouldn't have references.
I mentor a virtual PA and she did admin for a couple of schools governing bodies very cheaply to get refs, she also contacted some larger virtual
PA companies to ask if they would use her on an adhoc basis.
I do something like this, project management, admin, consultancy type work. As Hoppinggreen says, it's getting started that's the hard part. I went from working in the not for profit sector to setting up on my own, and most of my clients are from those networks. That said, my biggest client is a charity I never knew about before I saw their ad! It's fairly low risk, and minimal investment, all you need is your kitchen table and a laptop and mobile. I would suggest investing in a domain name and a basic website, so you have a "professional" email address - ie firstname.lastname@example.org rather than janeitprojectmanager
Re pricing, I sort of took a suck it and see approach...I worked out what I'd ideally earn annually, how many hours I'd ideally work and how they fit together. I also underbid on the first few contracts I got, partly to get the win and partly so I had some "work I've done" for references and the following year put up my prices without any comment or query from clients.