How to become a Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant is basically anyone who offers help to other people, organizations or even big companies over the internet. Having had a personal experience, I can assure you that it is indeed a very great work-at-home opportunity and something many people could do.

So how does one become a VA?Very many people normally hear the word “virtual assistance” and immediately think of jobs that involve administrate tasks such as a secretary. Even though it can mean that, it is not the only type of job. There are so many thinks that Vas do.

This is because there are so many services that can be offered virtually, such as writing, ghostwriting, graphic design, researching, editing, tutoring, desktop publishing, counseling, audio/video/photo editing, coaching, consulting, bookkeeping, copywriting, social media management, project management, transcription, programming, data entry and any other task that can be performed without necessarily being in the same place as your client.

This can be a great option for anyone who wants to work from home, especially considering the rates which can range from $5 to $10+ an hour depending on your skill. Here are a number of tips that can help you become a virtual assistant.

  1. Get a website

You will need to do this because clients need to be able to find you, hence your presence in the web is very crucial. This will help you have a more professional appearance, give you the opportunity to highlight some of your skills and an opportunity to explain your process.

  1. Get involved in social media

There are very many social media websites, but you need to focus on the most popular ones such as Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or whichever social media platform your potential clients hang out. You should play an active role such as commenting on blogs. Social media relationships are very important in virtual assistance, and being involved in social media is one of the best way to find clients and vice versa

  1. Be helpful

You need to offer help and some solutions to potential clients or other people looking for help online. Blogs and forums can be great places to start. You can looking at those people who need services on the internet and try offering solutions to them.

  1. Check out what other VAs are doing

You also need to have an idea of what other Vas are doing. This can be done by asking around, reading great articles, or just googling some people who are already VAs. A good idea would be to look at their websites so as to have an idea of the services they offer, and how it might work for you.

So many people would like to know how to make money online, and there are so many ways to do so. However, one great idea is to use the skill you already have and turn it into a service you can offer online. There are so many people who are doing this online and there is no reason why you cannot. Thanks to the internet, you can do so many things remotely, or, “virtually.”

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