What is a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant is someone who offers a virtual service to a person or company. This can be in the form of scheduling appointments, sending out promo emails, providing customer service, uploading blog posts, and scheduling social media. A Virtual Assistant normally works from home, but a virtual office can be anywhere.
Who uses Virtual Assistants?
All kinds of people and businesses including:
- Online Business Managers
- Marketing Businesses
- and many more!
Can one really make enough money to live as a Virtual Assistant?
YES! However, not every Virtual Assistant makes a full time income. It really depends on the services that you offer, your experience, your location, how much you charge, and how much work you put in to your business.
I want to become a Virtual Assistant, do I need special training?
NO! If you think about it, you probably already have what it takes to become a virtual assistant. Do you get on social media daily and are really good at it? You could offer Social Media Management. Do you blog and know how to update blog posts and edit pictures? You could offer that as a service. There are plenty of free resources online to help you get started. One really good place is VA Networking.
However, if you wanted to, there are courses that you can take to become a Virtual Assistant. Here are 2 that you might look into:
What equipment do I need as a Virtual Assistant?
The top 2 things you need are a computer (laptop or PC) and a reliable internet connection. Also helpful are a cell phone and virus protection for your laptop or PC. You might also need a printer and fax machine.
Do I have to have a website to be a Virtual Assistant?
No, you do not have to have a website to be a Virtual Assistant, though it can help. Some people just have a business page on FB and use that as a way to advertise their company, but it is totally your call and your decision.
What services can I offer as a Virtual Assistant?
- Promo email scheduling (Aweber, Infusionsoft, Mailchimp, etc)
- Appointment Scheduling
- Data Entry
- Video editing
- Writing Blog posts
- Uploading and scheduling Blog Posts
- Image editing
- Social Media post scheduling
- business management
Where can I find clients as a Virtual Assistant?
My favorite spot is in FB groups. The groups I am a part of post job descriptions for work at home people and also those seeking Virtual Assistants. This is why networking on FB is so important!
If you have a dream of working from home or as a Virtual Assistant, don’t give up!! You can do anything you set your mind to!
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