I was recently part of a poll of 15 other active VA’s on how to become a virtual assistant. Some of the questions were very enlightening and really gave me pause for thought.
Here are just a few of those questions:
- What does it mean to be a virtual assistant?
To me it means flexibility. I consider this a full-time, work-from-home job. One which I love, but it offers me the flexibility to do what I love. I take my job very seriously. This is not a “do it when I want a job.” I have many clients whom I am responsible to. I have schedules and time constraints to be respectful of. So, if you’re not willing to be respectful of yourself or your clients, this may not be the job for you.
- Who makes a good virtual assistant?
There is a wide range of folks that can make good virtual assistants! You just need to find your niche and go with it. Communication is key though. If you are not a good communicator and like to be a hermit, perhaps web design or coding is more up your alley. Again, you need to be respectful of your client’s schedules.
- What services can you offer as a virtual assistant?
There are many different types of VAs. When I started out, social media was MySpace, that was it. Facebook was still a glimmer in Mark Zuckerberg eye.
Services can range from email management, scheduling/calendar management, and bookkeeping to customer service, website management, social media services, and writing newsletters.
- What do virtual assistants find frustrating about their work?
Balance….trying to find the right balance between work and life. Turning it off when I am. There have been many times when I’ve laid awake at night trying to figure out a problem. Quite honestly, I’ve gotten the answer many times that way!
- What advice do virtual assistants have for others looking to enter the business?
Do not become a doormat! Respect yourself and what you offer. Do not undervalue yourself. If a prospective client does not see that value in what you do, then it’s probably not a good match. Do not be afraid to make mistakes. Own them, learn from them and move on.
I love being a virtual assistant. There are always times when I want to pull my hair out, but thus far, this has been the best job I’ve ever had. I love being self-employed. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t answer to anyone, I have to answer to my clients.
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