Lifestyle Virtual Assistant roles are on the rise. As more and more people are struggling to juggle busy work and home lives, the need to have help and assistance has extended out of the office and into our personal lives too.
And this is totally understandable.
Whether you’re a freelancer or business owner, serial entrepreneur or corporate career professional, dedicated family member or full-time investor, your time is precious. You want to be able to spend that time on the things that matter most to you. However, with so much on your plate, that isn’t always possible.
This is where a lifestyle Virtual Assistant can help.
What is a lifestyle Virtual Assistant? How can a lifestyle VA help clients?
Otherwise known as a personal PA, a lifestyle Virtual Assistant can take some of that workload off a clients plate. Their role is to provide virtual and/or in-person support, so that the client can stop battling to “do it all yourself” and free up valuable time.
Unlike a traditional VA, a Lifestyle VA will handle tasks that are more personal/home-based. This can include:
- Food shopping
- Party and event organisation
- Personal shopping
- Organising home improvements and house moves
- Online selling of unwanted items
- Gift sourcing
There are also some overlaps with a traditional VA, with tasks such as:
- Bill paying
- Diary and calendar management
- Travel arrangements
- Project management
- Appointments and reservations
- Paperwork administration
- Social media management
The benefits of becoming a lifestyle Virtual Assistant
As with a traditional VA role, the benefits of becoming a lifestyle Virtual Assistant are numerous. Freedom is one of the biggest benefits as, not only can you work from home, you can also select hours that suit your individual circumstances. This is why VA work is so attractive to parents of young children – they can work around their children and the school timetable.
The financial aspects of a self-employed VA business are appealing too. Not only can you save on travel and the daily commute, you can also increase your earnings to suit your needs. Although VAs tend to stick to a standard hourly rate, there is potential to change this, based on your specific skills and services. Your income is no longer tied to what rate your employer sets – you can set the rates and can also expand your earning potential, by building your own team of Associate VAs.
How to become a lifestyle Virtual Assistant
If you’re not already trained as a VA, look to find a reputable VA trainer – it will make all the difference to your success. A reputable trainer will have a range of training options, designed to suit different budgets. They’ll also be able to support you on your lifestyle Virtual Assistant journey.
Once you’re trained and established, you’ll be able to start putting yourself out there as a lifestyle Virtual VA. This is where you can start growing your own network of contacts and sharing how you can help potential clients. Having a range of lifestyle services that appeals to your target audience is key to growing your brand and visibility – so make sure you’re clear on what it is you want to be offering clients.
Growing your visibility and reputation can take time, so be prepared to put in the work and gain experience over a period of time.
A lifestyle Virtual Assistant can help so many different types of person – from freelancer to full-time investor – whist the role itself, can vary from client to client. By focusing on your key services, as well as the benefits you can offer to potential clients, you’ll be positioning yourself as a sensible, cost-effective and essential solution.
If you’re ready to become a lifestyle Virtual Assistant (or even a traditional Virtual Assistant!) and are looking for a training company that is both established and well thought of, why not check out our training options? Not only are they designed to suit different needs, they’re designed to also suit different budgets! You can check out the options here.