Q. I just joined IVAA. Where do I start?
Q. How do I become a Virtual Assistant or start my business in this industry?
Q. Does the IVAA provide work for Virtual Assistants?
Q. Does IVAA offer or find jobs for Virtual Assistants?
Q. What kind of education or networking opportunities may I get from IVAA?
We think that you will find the IVAA community to be very helpful and supportive of each other. Below are a few things we would suggest you do upon joining:
- Attend one of our New Member Orientations. These are held once a month and provide an overview of the IVAA website and the benefits IVAA offers to our members. Check the Calendar on our website for dates and times, and to register.
- You might want to think about attending our Monday Coffee Chats to get some information about the industry. These are held every Monday at 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 pm ET and are open to both members and non-members. They are very informal and the topics depend on whatever the group wants to talk about that evening. You can register by going to the calendar on our website at www.ivaa.org/calendar.
- Attend our Educational events:
- Expert of the Month – Each month IVAA presents experts on requested topics for the opportunity to continue learning and expanding your knowledge.
- Peer Discussions – These monthly sessions connect you with other IVAA members who focus on specialized skills or serving niche industries. Share ideas & best practices, brainstorm, and network with your peers.
- Resource Recess – These webinars are intended for members to learn a skill in 3-5 steps – new skills to help you with your business – or to learn about a special niche business.
- Think about becoming a Volunteer for IVAA. IVAA is primarily a volunteer-run organization with many people giving a little bit of their time each week or month in the different departments, such as Membership, Member Benefits, Web Team, and Events. You can meet and work with other virtual assistants, show others the skills that you have to offer, or learn a new skill, such as moderating webinars.
For more questions related to getting started with IVAA, please visit our Getting Started FAQ.
Virtual assistants (VAs) are business owners. We recommend that you familiarize yourself with what it takes to run a business. Joining IVAA can help you in both making your decision to become a VA, as well as in supporting you as you run your business. Our feedback is such that our members have the skills and confidence to provide their services at a high level of expertise. There are many VAs that are generalists, providing a variety of different services to their clients; there are other VAs who have established one particular niche. We encourage you to gather as much information as possible about the industry. In addition, and you may want to contact the Small Business Administration office for information on starting a business.
We often get inquiries about VA training and how to find jobs. IVAA is not a work-at-home job fulfillment service and does not actively find work for our members. IVAA itself does not provide direct VA training for our members, but does provide ongoing educational opportunities through our online and live summits/conferences, expert of the month series, peer discussions, and IVAANet listserv. Several of our Preferred Partners provide VA training to our members at a discount. See Member Benefits for more information.
We do have a “Request for Proposal” (RFP) system where prospective clients post jobs and our members submit proposals to those job postings. Other ways to find clients including networking, both online (ex. social media) and at local events (ex. chamber of commerce), and by other means of advertising/marketing.
IVAA is a trade association for virtual assistants and provides networking opportunities, discounted education opportunities, and other benefits to our members. As such, we are not a work-at-home job fulfillment service and do not actively find work for our members. We are a volunteer-run organization – the people on our Board and other committees all volunteer their time to the group. We do have a Request for Proposal system whereby those looking to hire a virtual assistant can post their position on our job board and our members can submit proposals to them.
- Online Summit – In the fall, our online summit gives VAs the chance to attend a wide range of professional and educational sessions without leaving your office. These sessions are available via recording with your paid registration fee. For more information (and to register), go to online.ivaa.org.
- Live Summit – Each Spring our live Summit takes place in a different city. Members have the opportunity to meet each other in person, network, and participate in an exciting program of presentations and events. This is a “must attend” each year for many members! For more information (and to register), go to live.ivaa.org.
- Expert of the Month Series – each month, we have an expert in different topics present to our members online. There is generally time for Q and A after the presentation, and the sessions are recorded and available to members to download who were not able to participate.
- Peer Discussions – these discussions are a great opportunity to talk with others in your niche or specialty area, or to get information about a niche that you are considering. These discussions are not recorded in order to encourage members to speak freely and share with each other, so be sure to tune in. Members can participate by phone or online via web conferencing technology.
- Networking with seasoned veterans of the industry