What Is A Virtual Assistant?

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Virtual Assistant (VA or Virtual Personal Assistant) works independently from a remote location or at home providing online secretarial, administrative, clerical and customer support as well as other skills like website design and marketing.

Typically, small businesses do look for Virtual Assistants who are either just starting out or in their initial stage of business. They usually have a limited budget and doesnt want to hire a regular employee. If you have been an Administration Assistant, Executive Secretary or may it be an Office Manager, you can be considered being a Virtual Assistant.

How to become a Virtual Assistant

Training

There are a lot of Online Certifications and Training Programs that you can enrol at for you to become a “certified” Virtual assistant. Some colleges or universities nowadays have added this on their curriculum. If youre fond of doing web research, you can actually browse several sites where you can learn some skills through their blog articles, webinars, video and audio based training programs as well as books that can actually aide you gain the necessary skill sets to be a successful Virtual Assistant.

You can actually learn the values of time management and organizational skills as well as how to market yourself.

Home Office

If you want to be successful in this industry, you must set up your own Home-Office. You must provide the following:

a.  computer with a fast internet connection bundled up with printer,fax machine and scanner

b.business phone line,

c. Skype and VOIP Phones which is commonly used by the employer and the VA as they are free of charge or cheaper than land line rates.

Keep in mind that your working area must be free from distractions and should be quite enough for you to focus on your job. It must be free from interruptions from the family members especially from your kids.

Look for work

Now that you have set up your own space, let us now discuss where we can  find your potential clients. There are several freelance sites in the web today, but based on my experience, I have signed up for the following sites:

1. Elance

2. Odesk

3.Guru

4. PeoplePerHour

5. Freelancer

Now that you have signed up for those sites, its time for you to do the following:

  • prepare your cover letter
  • list down your skills
  • take the necessary tests provided on the sites you have signed up for ( that can increase your application quota)

So, are you now ready to be a Virtual Assistant? Drop me a line and say what you think…

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