What is a Virtual Assistant?
A virtual assistant, or VA, is a someone contracted to work for another company remotely instead of in their office. That could mean you’re located on the other side of the globe, while you are serving your client on the other end.
Virtual assistants are typically independent contractors and not employees, meaning you’re paid a set fee for your services (may that be on a per hour basis or on a fixed rate) and are responsible for handling your own income taxes and insurance.
This independence actually makes up the whole entrepreneurial feel. You are your own business; you market your own, find your own clients, work on your own – and those what make you special. You’re a small business owner selling your services to other businesses in need.
The Benefits of Becoming a Virtual Assistant
There are several benefits if you choose to become a virtual assistant. However, what attracts most people to the profession is the chance to make money working from home. Depending on your clients’ needs, you can set your own hours, work at your own pace and rate.
It is your call.
Furthermore, virtual assistants get to work on a variety of projects depending on their skills and knowledge. The best thing is – as Virtual Assistants, you (more or less) will be able to learn new set of skills, use new tools, try out something new from time to time; all depending on the type of contract, business or client that you are handling.
Also, since you work remotely, you can be working at the beach, in a cafe, on your bedroom – indeed anywhere, for as long as there is an internet connection and you have your laptop with you. It is indeed a flexible career choice.
So, what are the requirements needed to become a VA?
To become a successful, highly-in-demand Virtual Assistant, of course – you need a set of skills. The more unique and technical it is, the better.
Remember, eventhough you work alone, you are still in a competition. The VA market is actually stiff nowadays – with almost everyone wanting to work from home, there are thousands like you who may be eyeing for that same client.
Communication is also a key.
A Virtual Assistant should know how to converse rightly. Most of the time, you are in contact with a client thru voice chat or messenger. Thus, English should be your second language if not your native tongue.
The best VAs are quick learners. Aside from knowing how to work independently, commonsense is really a must. You were hired because your assistance is needed. Therefore, resourcefulness is a must.
Last but not the least are the tools that you need; working computer (the faster and more updated it is, the better), a reliable, high speed internet connection (with unlimited bandwidth), plus the software that you need, depending on the services you provide.