When you think of “doing” the virtual assistant job, you tend to think of clerical work and this is often a large part of it, to be sure. But it’s important to understand that there are clerical needs in just about any profession, not only lawyers, doctors, and office types but the mechanic, the roofer, the welder, and the plumber all have needs that can be fulfilled by the creative virtual assistant.
No, you aren’t going to virtually fix a broken sink for a plumber, or virtually weld a pipe for a welder, but you can help them take care of communicating with their clients, doing the all important follow up tasks, keeping records, ordering supplies, etc. If you think of the roofer, out there climbing ladders all day, sweating in the sun, dragging heavy loads up to the top of the roof, strapping into the safety harnesses…you can’t do all of that but you neither does that roofer want to do all of the paperwork or follow up work that needs to be done for every job. Roofing companies are everywhere these days and they go house-to-house looking for work. Could you, as a virtual assistant, provide some added value here? Could you research where the most storm damaged homes are and find out how old the average roof in a given neighborhood is? Share this information with the roofing company? Maybe even lob in some professional calls to homeowners to reduce the need for the roofing to team just ‘show up’ in a random home’s driveway asking if they need any roofing work.
Your average welder is either working at a stationary location in town in a local shop or she is travelling on a regular basis to where ever the next job is. Probably not much to do for the welder working at the local job but that welder that travels to a different place every week desperately needs your help. For the most part, welders aren’t numbers people…they make a ton of money but don’t worry too much if they are paying the amount in taxes…or any amount in taxes. They may not be shopping for the best rate at a hotel in the town they’ll be in next week. Or, maybe more to the point, they do shop but ONLY for the best rate. You can spend a bit of time and find the best hotel for the best rate to help them out a bit. Welders work long and very hard hours when they are on the road and when the shift is done, they want a good meal, maybe a drink or two and if there’s any energy left over from the day, they may want to sit down and watch a game on TV. So help them find the best hotel with these kinds of amenities. Welders make good money and they can afford to spend an extra bit on an upgraded room in a hotel that offers some distraction for when they finally do get off work.
Your local mechanic may work at a shop or he may be out under his shade tree. My son is a shade tree mechanic and he’s extremely good at what he does. What he does is fix cars. He fixes cars for customers and he also finds cars, buys them, fixes them, and sells them. He’s a car flipper and he could not be happier. He’s happiest when he has grease under his fingernails and has bumped his head on that damn hood for the 3rd time this morning. Not my bag, but he loves it. You know what he could use? Somebody to help him find that next car he’ll buy and flip. Somebody to help him build a website to offer his services as well as the cars he has for sale. Somebody to do some price comparisons for the car he’s working on right now so make sure he’ll be able to offer it at a competitive price rather than just a gut feel. Somebody to do a bit of research on which cars can be the most lucrative in a flipping business…should he buy cheap cars and flip them or more expensive cars? These are things you can help my son with. His name is Steve, give him a call.
I hope this all makes sense. I feel like I may be preaching to the choir in large measure and I don’t mean to…what I’m trying to do is impart a bit of knowledge to those who have not thought along these lines. If this is old hat for you, you have my respect. There are many just starting out as virtual assistants who this will be new to and these folks are the ones I’m targeting this article for.