Virtual Assistant Services
Becoming a virtual assistant may have once seemed like an elusive career only available to individuals ‘in the know’, but virtual assistant positions are now more prevalent than ever! If you are interested in running your own virtual assistant services and find that you have great organizational, writing, and web-based social marketing skills with a desire to put those skills to use through helping to manage the necessary day to day functions of a busy individual (or business) – then becoming a virtual assistant may be the perfect career choice for you. Before you do decide to begin the path toward becoming a virtual assistant you should consider the pros and cons associated with this career. And although, finding a job as a virtual assistant is slowly becoming an easier process it still is still not typically as easy as searching for a job listing. So, if you still think being a virtual assistant is for you, let’s consider all the pros/cons and possibilities associated with this innovative career field.
1.Virtual Assistant Responsibilities
The duties that you may perform as a virtual assistant range from answering and sorting through emails to writing or editing content for a client’s website. You may help to arrange travel plans for your client or be a point of contact for their customer service needs. The possibilities are really endless when it comes to what you can do as a virtual assistant. The clients that you acquire can also serve as a wealth of information and knowledge for you if you are looking to expand and grow your own business!
2. Become Your Own Boss
Even though you will have ‘bosses’ that you work for and provide a service to, these individuals are basically your clients. As a virtual assistant, you are your own boss. You report to no one but yourself when it comes to determining your rate of pay, hours to work, and when and where you will work. Most virtual assistants work from the comfort of their home, or wherever they choose to park their computer for the day. When you outline a contract with a client, make sure that you stipulate your hours/times of availability – and you will have the freedom to work when and where you want. When you are considering what your hourly/daily rate of pay should be, make sure that you take into consideration what you feel your time is worth and what level your skill set is. As you become more experienced and you can increase your rate of pay.
3. How to Get Clients
As I stated before, since virtual assistant services is still a new career field – you will definitely have to put a little work into promoting yourself to potential clients. I would suggest that you first consider anyone you know or may have recently developed a relationship with that you recognize a need for some assistance in their professional life. If you have a friend that runs a web-based business who is always complaining about not being able to keep up with their inbox – put yourself out there and suggest that you could start a few hours a week (for a nominal fee) and help organize their emails. You could reply to emails on their behalf, and help to weed out the important from no so important information that they need to know. You need to market yourself online to potential clients. Make a website advertising your skill set, or use social media to let people know you are ready and willing to put your skills to use to help organize and run their business!
There also a ton of online courses offered that will help to provide you with a baseline of qualifications and will probably expose you to potential clients. Just make sure that you carefully consider the cost of the course in correlation to the skills and connections it can provide for you. Most virtual assistants do not have or need any formal training. Lastly, there are a few job boards out there that you may find virtual assistant positions advertised on.
Overall, just remember that making and developing relationships with the people you want to and do work for is going to be one of the most important things you do in order to advance your career as a virtual assistant. Make sure that you are diligent when researching a potential client, and always have an explicit contract that details exactly what services you plan to provide and what you want to be paid for those services.