Oxana Romanyuk is the founder of Remote Rockstars. Remote Rockstars is a virtual assistant agency that helps creators and business owners with their business outsourcing needs.
When Oxana first started in the virtual assistant space, she didn’t know this is where she would end up. At the beginning of her journey, she was the only virtual assistant of Remote Rockstars.
It was more of a branding play at the beginning than having an agency. As she got busier and filled her calendar, she was able to outsource more tasks to her virtual assistant. This grew and scaled, and eventually, Remote Rockstars had a full-time staff of virtual assistants.
Can you have employees around the world?
Yes, in fact, this is one of the best reasons to start a virtual assistant agency. Currently, Remote Rockstars have employees in Zimbabwe, United Kingdom, Philipines, Canada, India, and the United States.
What should people expect when starting a virtual assistant side hustle?
Your output is directly related to the time and hours you’re able to put into the business, especially at the beginning. Most virtual assistants will charge an hourly rate when they are starting out, not project-based fees.
You will also need to make a specific decision on what type of work you want to do, and how many clients you can offer a service to. Since it is a trade-off between time and money, you should be trading your time for a task that you enjoy.
Can you be a virtual assistant if you have a full-time job?
Yes, however, you must make your office hours and availability known to your clients. If they expect you to be available during the day but you are not, you will not be able to maintain your clientele and will gain a bad reputation fast.
What are the first steps in becoming a Virtual Assistant?
You don’t need any certifications or degrees! Oxana Romanyuk recommends getting a home base online where your clients can find and connect with you. This can be done for free with a Facebook Page, Instagram account or Google Website.
All of this will only take you 1 hour!
Another great suggestion by Oxana Romanyuk is to create a separate business bank account. It can become very hard to track income and expenses when you are sharing the account with your personal expenditures too.
Keep your bookkeeping clean to save you headaches in the long run!
What are some of the services to choose from?
The easiest starting point is to look at your professional work experience. Do you have any hard skills that you can carry over and offer?
If you want to get away from tasks that are associated with your professional experience due to non-compete agreements, then you can look at what is up and coming or hot.
Nowadays, everyone needs a social media manager or assistant! Another option could be doing podcast management services!
Find an industry that is up and coming, and use the opportunity to learn how to do those tasks.
How to get your first client being a virtual assistant?
It takes time to ramp up your business and know that your first few clients will be the hardest. Once you have them, if you do great work, you’ll get referrals.
One of the most effective ways to acquire new clients is to conduct cold outreach where your prospective clients are. For example, many of Oxana Romanyuk’s clients spent time on LinkedIn. So, Oxana decided to do cold outreach on LinkedIn.
It took time, and you’re going to get no’s and rejections, but it does work.
What is the best virtual assistant resource?
The Association of Virtual Assistants is one of the best resources according to Oxana Romanyuk. The membership is not free, however, it will provide you lots of resources to use in your business.
You will find networking opportunities, job opportunities, and even templates to help you out.
A free resource that you can check is Virtual Savvy’s, which is a Facebook community filled with virtual assistants looking to support each other!
Are you charging clients by hour or monthly?
There are a lot of discussions and debates about this in the industry. Ultimately, it will depend on what your services are and how your clients are. You should ideally know how many hours each package will take as well, and you can match up what would make more sense.
You don’t have to have a one-size-fits-all approach either. Remote Rockstars charges hourly for the most part, however, they do have some retainer clients.
How do you manage your virtual assistants?
Processes! If Oxana Romanyuk did not set up systems with their clients and virtual assistants, then it would be a disaster. Also, the client is well aware of the timeline turnarounds, and hours of work. With them knowing that, it allows for Oxana and her management team to make sure everything is getting done.
#1 Tip For Side Hustlers Starting Out
Don’t be fearful! Just do it. Whatever it is you’re holding back on, just do it. Press that send button, call that person, build your website, do whatever it is that you don’t want to do.
Where to connect with Oxana Romanyuk?
For more information on starting a virtual assistant side hustle, listen to Episode 56 of The Hobby Hustler Show.