BECOME A VIRTUAL
ASSISTANT IN 4 STEPS
Have you become tired of doing a customary 9 to 5 job? Or are you missing your authority and quality family time? If so, then you are at the right place. Here I am going to tell you about modern ways of earning that enable you to gain more than that of a customary job and also permits you to enjoy your family time. Furthermore, you do not require following any boss. You are a boss on your own.
Yes, I am talking about a Virtual Assistant. A virtual assistant is someone who works individualistically external to the traditional office setting offering administrative services to the clients. Thanks to the technology that virtual assistants are high in demand by businesspersons who need assistance but don’t want to establish any office set up at a specific location.
Ways to Become a Virtual Assistant:
If you want to become a successful virtual assistant, here are a few steps that aid you to build your career in VA.
Hunt Your Expertise:
The first step to becoming a virtual assistant is to dig out the skills that you can offer to the clients. Take an in-depth look of your interests, hobbies, expertise and make a list of them. Next step is to determine from a list what you can do best? These are the skills that can help you to earn. Whether it would be typing, data entry, content production, managing social media accounts, emails and appointments, or it can be blogging, video editing or graphic designing. It’s totally up to you, which service you are going to provide.
If you don’t find any skill, no need to worry. You can enhance your knowledge or learn new skills using the internet or taking online courses.
Know Who Your Customers Are
Next step in becoming a virtual assistant is to discover who your clients are. Determine who you want to work with, and which industries or firms are looking for skills that you possess. Set a mode of communication through which you will approach your clients, make a schedule of your working hours. Find out unique services that your clients need, instead of offering those services that are already others VAs providing.
Advertise Your Skills
How would anybody know what are your talents, unless you didn’t advertise your services? Here are some of the platforms on which you can publicize your skills.
→ Building a Website:
Creating a website is an excellent way to advertise your skills. Through websites, clients can easily approach you; know about you and the services that you are offering.
→ Using Social Platforms:
Social media is another platform where you can easily show your capabilities. Different sites are available. You just have to make an attractive post of your expertise and promote it in different groups. Make connections with other virtual assistants and clients. Virtual Assistant is all about the game of marketing. The more you advertise and establish links, the more you will get.
→ Freelancing Forums:
A number of freelancing websites are available. Different jobs are posted there on a daily basis, you only have to register yourself, and you can get a job pretty quickly. You are paid on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis. But beware of the scammers as good and evil both folks are around.
One of the shortcomings of these freelancing websites is that you have to obey some rules and regulations. There are certain limitations that you should follow. Furthermore, a certain amount of your earning also goes to these websites.
Establish Your Contacts:
Networking is another key to become a successful virtual assistant. Maintain your direct contact with the clients outside of any forum, as it will aid you in getting the whole earning without any deduction. Here your communication skills play an essential role. The more clear and confident you communicate; the more are your chances of getting a job. Your proposal should be convincing and attractive. It should highlight your skills and state reasons why you are the best fit for this job.
Work Hard and Meet Your Deadlines
Once you get a task, do everything to make it successful. Try to achieve all the targets set by a client. Meet deadlines given by him. If the client is happy and satisfied with you, your chances to progress become brighter. He can refer you to other clients. Ask for feedback. Positive feedback will be an excellent addition to your portfolio. You can use them as referrals. Ask him about your shortcomings and try to improve them.
To sum up, it won’t be wrong to say that virtual assistance is something that requires no degree and specialized training. Several people around us have professional degrees in their hands, but they don’t possess any skills. If you own the expertise and are determined, no one can stop you to progress.