You have skills¡

Maybe you’re looking around at a messy home right now overrun with children itching for summer and you’re thinking, “I can’t imagine what I could do to make money from home.” It’s normal to feel like you don’t have anything to offer after taking a break from the workforce or during a career transition. If you are overwhelmed thinking about becoming a virtual assistant or working online, you’re in the right place.

You truly have normal, everyday skills that can be turned into valuable services that can make you money from home – working part time or full time.

All you need to do is see what you already have.

I’ll walk you through the whole process. Let’s start with the basics.
What is the difference between a skill and a service?
I believe that your skills are the combination of all that you are – your past experience, your personality, your strengths, your passions – and a service is a task (or multiple tasks) you offer people or businesses for a fee.

A skill can be:

  • Friendly
  • Organized
  • Diligent
  • Detailed
  • Responsible

A service can be:

  • Email management
  • Writing
  • Social media management
  • Customer Service
  • Event planning

Step 1: Self Evaluate
Begin with brainstorming! Take a piece of paper or journal and list everything you are good at. Yes, everything. Even if something seems trivial in your head, just write it down. Then you’ll have a list of all the different skill sets and qualities you already have.

Here are a few questions to ask:
What are you good at?
What are the strengths of your personality?
What are you practically passionate about?
What have you done before in the past?

Step 2: Phone a Friend
Ask your friends how they would describe you and what they’d say you’re good at. Friends can be great at seeing the hidden gold within us. If this feels awkward to ask, just use me as an excuse! Tell them that you’re testing out a strategy you read on a blog and need their help.

Here are a few questions to ask:
What are 3 words you’d use to describe me?
If you were going to ask me for help with something, what would it be?
What strengths do I have?

Step 3: Research aka Google Time
Research what services other people are offering and write down which ones you think you’d be great at. Start your journey by offering what you know you’re already skilled in. Example: Don’t offer graphic design if you’ve never done it before or are just learning and will have to spend a lot of time researching.

This step is basically where you take a list of your skill sets and a list of offers and see where they overlap.

Here are a few questions to ask:
Is this service something that I’d be good at?
Is this service something I would enjoy?
Is this service marketable? Aka do people need it?

Want hands on help figuring out your skillset and service set?
I’m opening up one on one coaching this June and would love to help you hash it all out. We will walk through each step together and I’ll give you actionable steps and strategies.

You don’t have to navigate this startup season alone! In addition to mentoring, I also host a Facebook community, The Virtual Assistant School, where you can ask all your questions and be encouraged by others who are learning and growing into the best VAs around! We’d love to have you there!