Should You Become a Virtual Assistant?
Since the profession of virtual assisting is becoming more and more common with the current
economic downturn, I thought I'd share the questions people have asked, and some quick answers
What is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant or VA is a self-employed, home-based entrepreneur who assists other
businesses, often in administrative work. In other words, a VA is an office assistant who rarely
has to step into his/her client's office! Most business owners have particular tasks that they
can turn over to their virtual assistants that doesn't require them to be in the same room
to complete. There is a wide variety of these tasks and they can go beyond basic office or
What skills do I need to become a VA?
The basic skills a VA needs are office and business administration skills, but I recommend
a solid knowledge of social media as well. A VA also needs to be highly organized, communicate
effectively and pay careful attention to detail.
Disorganization on your part can lead to missed deadlines, incorrect data, and very unhappy
clients! Some clients look for additional technical skills, such as writing, marketing, email
marketing, blog or website maintenance, and multimedia production - even podcasting!
The skill set you'll need as a VA depends on the type of clients you want to work with.
If you want to work with Realtors you will need to have knowledge of their systems and processes.
If you want to work with business coachers and speakers, knowledge of membership sites like
Wishlist is among the many skills that will be useful. In general, find out what clients NEED
and build your skills to respond effectively.
What kinds of work does a VA do?
Tasks for Virtual Assistants can be "Admin" related:
• responding to emails (Help Desk)
• managing client's business calendar
• researching and compiling information
• business writing, editing, and proofreading
• write and publish or schedule blog posts
• work with autoresponders
• rewrite private label rights content
• optimize a website for search engines
• create a slideshow presentation
• update websites
• set up social networking profiles/pages
• create videos and publish them online
• customer service
• graphic design, brochures, business cards
• create newsletters
• plus many more...
Is being a VA a good option for Moms?
I can personally give this one a Big. Giant. YES! A lot of work-at-home Moms I know are
VAs and they make good incomes from the comfort of their home. I personally feel being able
to somewhat set my hours around my family's life is priceless.
Virtual assistance is a home business, which means it's flexible. You decide how many
hours a day you want to work, on which days, what type of work you want to do, and even whom
you will work with.I love that I can be available to get my kids off to school and be there
for them when they get off the bus. On the other hand,if you have small children, it can be
a little trickier. Occasionally you will need to be on the phone or Skype with a client, supplier
or other associate. In this case you'll need somebody else looking after your small children
so you can have some quiet and be able to focus on the call or chat.