Virtual assistance is a growing field with ever increasing opportunities for work. While many think of a virtual assistant as a home-based secretary, virtual assistants can do so much more. Just about any skill or experience you have can be used to help a small business, entrepreneur or sales person.
What do VA’s do?
What don’t they do? The only thing I can think of that a VA doesn’t do is bring coffee to the boss. Other than that, there is no limit to what a VA can do. Some provide basic office support, such as managing email, contacts and the boss’ calendar. Some provide specific duties, such as invoicing, bookkeeping and payroll. If there is a task that a business person needs done, odds are a virtual assistant can do it or at least provide support in getting it done.
How flexible is VA work?
Flexibility in virtual assistant work depends on who you work for. Some businesses want you available during business hours. Others, particularly those who work for online entrepreneurs can have a very flexible schedule.
How much do VAs earn?
Income as a virtual assistant varies greatly. Some earn $8 to $12 per hour while others who run their own virtual assistant business earn $15 to $50 per hour. The type of work you provide can determine income as well. VAs who provide skilled services, such as web site design and maintenance, money management or paralegal support can charge more than VAs who provide general support.
What is required to be a VA?
You need to have skills and experience to provide the services a business needs. You also need to be organized and efficient in your work. Since you’re providing help to others, you need to be a good listener, which can be difficult as not all clients describe their needs very well. Other traits include accountability and resourcefulness.
How can I become a VA?
Although you can get certified as a virtual assistant, it’s not required. Some virtual assistant work might require other certifications. For example, a Realtor might want a VA with a real estate license. There are many ways to find work including job and freelance work sites and networking with people you know online and off. Here are a few sites that offer VA work:
Plus, check out 24 microworking sites that often have virtual support duties.
How can I learn more?
Work-At-Home Success University just opened its course on How to be a Virtual Assistant. This four week email course takes you step-by-step through the process of determining the services you can provide, what to charge and how to get hired including a list of places that frequently hire virtual support staff. Learn more at Work-At-Home Success University .
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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