When you become a VA, it’s likely you’ll need to learn a lot about specific types of software such as email marketing software or shopping cart software. First, look to the software company to find out if they offer training. This training may be more expensive than other types of training, but you can usually walk away with certification that has true meaning.
If they don’t have training, or you cannot afford it, you can then look outside of the software to the users to find out if anyone has developed their own training. This may be less expensive, but do realize that unless they have an agreement with the software creator, their certification really isn’t worth anything. Finally, you can find someone who wants to train someone else in exchange for work - a bit like on-the-job training or an internship. This doesn’t mean that you have to work free, but it does mean you might take a huge pay cut in exchange for learning.
You can learn a lot from a business coach that specializes in the type of VA work you want to do. They often offer long-term programs (six to sixteen weeks) that can help lead you through what you need to do for a particular niche such as social media marketing. They may go over all the skills you need, the software you need, and even how to get clients.
Finding a group coaching situation that is right for you can be difficult and costly. Make sure that the person has experience being a VA in the field they’re trying to teach, and that they have a good reputation. Ask around Facebook groups to find out who is a great coach before you hand over your money.
Do It for Your Business
When you start a VA business, become your own best client first. Schedule the work you need to do for your business as if you’re a client. If you say that you’re an excellent social media marketing VA, then show people by doing that for yourself. Do for yourself what you say you can do for them.
Going through the processes will help you learn what skills you’re lacking. Each time you confront something that you need to know, you can seek the information from colleagues, online training, and even local training at a university or college if needed. Nothing can stop you from learning what you need to know.
Developing VA skills simply takes perseverance and the ability to find what you need, by being honest about your strengths and weaknesses.