Being Virtual Assistant: WAHM Making It In Transcription Services

This is a guest post from Alicia who works online as a virtual assistant.  If you would like to tell your story about being a WAHM online feel free to contact me.  Thanks Alicia!

VA TranscriptionThe Virtual Assistant with Her Head in the Clouds

When I started my online business I was full of hormones and one fairly large baby boy. Yup, I was pregnant—and laid off. If you haven’t experienced this before, I can tell you, it doesn’t make for a fabulous combination. However, I’m that girl who always finds a silver lining to every cloud.

The Beginning

My husband and I never intended to live with just one income when we decided to start a family and the layoff was not something we had planned on either. I didn’t have much success finding work so I turned to the internet. My background was in social work and business management. I wanted very badly to find something I could do successfully online that would allow me to stay at home with our son while earning the income we needed.

The Virtual Life

That is when I found the awesome virtual assistant industry. You’ve probably heard of virtual assistants by now, but if not, let me give you a brief overview. A virtual assistant can support businesses in an online setting and can do pretty much everything an in-house assistant can do. For example, virtual assistants can help with call answering, appointment scheduling, data entry, transcription, blogging, management, web design, sales funnel creation and social media. The list is exhaustive.

After tons more research I settled on transcription and I’ve never looked back! I created a website, blog and newsletter for my business. I’m good at what I do and I have some fabulous clients. I’ve created a niche for myself working with business and life coaches, podcasters, authors and those in the health and fitness industry. I transcribe their teleseminars, webinars, podcasts and interviews so that they can leverage their content.

One of my biggest struggles when starting out online was knowing who to trust and what was a scam. For this reason, I created another site where I help women who are thinking of becoming a virtual assistant. I know how it felt to be all alone in a big online world and not know who I could turn to for advice or help. I learned a lot the hard way and had to do a lot of time-consuming research on my own. I don’t want other women to go through that so my goal is to give them reliable resources and information along with a little inspiration to keep them going.

Is Being A WAHM Right For You?

If you’re thinking of an online career, there are a few things you should keep in mind. People tell me all the time that they don’t know how I have the discipline to work for myself at home. They tell me that if they were home they would procrastinate, watch TV, surf the internet and never get anything done. It takes a certain kind of person to work from home and you have to keep yourself in check and create a schedule.

The other ingredients are passion and drive. If you really love doing something, it inspires you, and doing it doesn’t really feel like work, then you know you’re headed in the right direction. Don’t let that go. Too many people work a job that they hate only to make a paycheck to support a family that they don’t see as often as they’d like.

So, if you’re considering becoming a virtual assistant, or any other work at home career, think about what you already know how to do and what you really enjoy doing. Then research how to make that a viable online career. And when you start to doubt yourself or your relatives ask why you’re wasting your time “playing around on the computer”, drop me a line and I’ll show you a silver lining.


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Alicia Jay is a WAHM virtual assistant who loves to help other women along their VA journey. She strives to master the fine art of running a business from home while changing diapers and wiping noses. Visit Alicia at where she inspires other women to follow their dreams of having a business that works around their lives—not the other way around!

9 Responses to Being Virtual Assistant: WAHM Making It In Transcription Services

  1. I wasnt sure if this was the Alicia I knew until I kept reading. Your story inspires. And you’re about passion; I work full time and come home and run my business part time. I don’t feel the burn or if there is on because I love what I do. I’m giving myself til the end of the year to cut the proverbial apron strings called ‘my 9-5′. The infomation about being disciplined should be handled as if it were gold. Without being disciplined and determined to work from home, your journey may be rocky. I have a set schedule, I clock in, clock out, take breaks and clock back in~the TV can wait.


    • Hey Frann!

      Yes, it’s me! Thanks so much for the lovely comment. I give you a lot of credit working a 9-5 and then working in your business. That takes a lot of determination–and discipline–and you definitely have it! So excited for you to take that leap and jump into your business full-tie!
      Alicia Jay created this awesome post: Let Me Help You With Your VA Business in 2013My Profile

  2. I think being a virtual assistant sounds like a great way to get extra income. My main question is how to decide what type of virtual assistant to be. Is it better to be a specialist or a generalist?

    • Hi Shaun,

      Specializing in something is much better for so many reasons. It will help you to really target in on who you can help with your services. You will be able to establish yourself as an expert and also charge a bit more for your services.

      To help you decide what type of virtual assistant you should be, think about the skills that you already have. Are you great at writing, social media, organizing, project management, transcription or event planning? All of those things (and more) can be specialty areas for VAs. You also want to think about things that you’re interested in learning more about, take some courses and add that to your skillset.

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