Learn How To Become a Virtual Assistant
Have you reached that point where you want more than just working nine till 5 for someone else? At some point we all ask is this all there is to life. Well, no, it isn’t!
There is another way you can put your particular skills to work for yourself; If you are looking for that extra freedom to do what you want in your own time, then you can learn how to become a Virtual Assistant. It might be just the thing for you!
Being a virtual assistant, you will get to work your hours, who you want to work for, what type of projects you wish to do, and the best thing of all, you can do from anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable internet connection available.
Will this be easy in the beginning? No, it won’t you will have to back your knowledge in your field, believe that you can do it, know your strengths and learn how to master the basics, and you will be well on your way to starting up your Virtual Assistant business.
In the beginning, it is going to be a lot of hard work because you are stepping into new waters. But if you take it one step at a time, you will succeed.
There is a lot of new stuff you will have to learn, but as long as you are determined and don’t give up once you come to your 1st obstacle, the work is worth it as you take charge of your life for the 1st time in your life.
What is the point of a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant is somebody who will work with a variety of other businesses to give specialized support in whatever category they need.
Because of the increased speed of the internet, increased ease of conference calls, and document sharing, virtual assistants are sought after on an exponential rate.
Brick & mortar businesses, online businesses, and entrepreneurs are rapidly realizing the benefits of the VA to help without having to bring all of their regular staff to a central location.
The easiest way to put it is a virtual assistant you be doing all the administrative tasks the employer hasn’t the time or inclination to do from a remote location.
What is the role of a virtual assistant?
A VA is a person who has a set of skills an employer can utilize and can do it from a remote location. You will be offering services to your clients daily; it could be just a one-off job or a regular contract.
As you become more well known by your clients and they are happy with your work, you will start to get a lot of repeat business, and they will also let their friends know as well. This is the 1st step to a successful business.
When you first start to learn how to be a virtual assistant, you need to have a clear idea of what service you are going to specialize in. It might make finding your first few jobs harder to come by, but in the end, quality beats quantity anytime. And it’s always better to do something you enjoy.
What do I need to become a virtual assistant? One of the most important things to become successful is to make sure that your work is on par regularly. If you let your work slip, you won’t last long.
When you first start, you might have to be a jack of all trades for a while. Once you begin to get regular work, you can start to narrow down to a specific niche. In the long term, you will be able to be paid more as your reputation and resume will reflect your worth.
Five examples of the most common niches
Social Media Marketing
Most business owners have no idea how social media marketing works, so they will quite happily get somebody to handle the day to day running of it.
Virtual assistants in the social media marketing niche are always being sought after; if you are competent with the various social platforms and love doing this type of work, this niche might be right up your alley.
- You have a strong understanding of creating headlines that are worth sharing, and you are competent with marketing and copywriting.
- You have a good eye for design and can tweet, pin, and can select eye-catching images for Instagram.
- You must be able to keep up with all the trending topics.
- You must be able to know how to keep a conversation going when you are engaging with a brands audience.
Have you ever wanted to start a blog of your own one day? Then becoming a blogger’s virtual assistant is a great way to get a valuable insight into how a successful blogger runs his blog. At the same time, you help them with the more organizational tasks.
It will help to fast track your blogging future as well as earning money while doing it.
Here are a few of the duties you will be doing as a blogger’s Virtual Assistant.
- Research & write posts, correct and proofread blog posts that the blogger has written.
- Moderate the blog comments
- Create the graphics for the blog posts or social media like Facebook or Pinterest
- Improve the SEO for blog posts
- Repair broken links, and add additional affiliate links where needed
- Schedule all the social media
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Keeping an e-commerce store running can be a grueling grind of never-ending tasks that need doing. This is where you, as the virtual assistant will take the brunt of the pressure of the business owners’ shoulders.
Here are some of the main tasks that you will most probably be tasked with.
- Managing everyday customer service
- Tracking orders, including entering orders, shipment and invoicing.
- Dealing with exchanges & returnsManaging inventory lists
- Help with the marketing
- General website overall maintenance
Writing fresh content is hard to do, and frankly, not many businesses have the time to do this all and will try to outsource the tasks to free up time for themselves.
If you enjoy researching and writing posts and have time for it, this might be just what you are after.
- Writing up new blog posts
- Researching content ideas for the blogger
- Creating new graphics
- Sourcing new photos
- Taking merchandise pictures
- Editing pictures
- Creating videos
Bookkeeping and Finance
If you have experience in accounting and finance this niche, this can be very profitable for a virtual assistant to look into
The typical services you could offer would be
- Creating Invoice payments
- Expenditures processing
My Conclusion On It
What I have gone over above are just some of the more common fields out there, as long as you are willing to put in the hard yards at the start to build your reputation up you can take this as far as you want, whether only part-time or quit your nine till five job and do it full time.
Just enjoy yourself.
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Hi there everybody, my name is Kevin de la Haye. I hope you enjoyed the post. I aim to always bring some value with every post that I write. I am the owner of Niche Marketing Toolkit, and I take each day as a challenge to you, my loyal readers.