A VA is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.
A virtual assistant may work for a small business, a busy executive or an internet business owner and is normally hired on a contractual basis. Some VA may work for several companies or individuals.
What skills are needed?
Some VA will need several skills while others may concentrate on one particular skill.
The work will depend on the tasks required such as scheduling, organizing, writing, bookkeeping, web researching and marketing just to name a few.
IVAA – International Virtual Assistants Association gives you a free list with 101 Ways to Use a VA, which in turn may stimulate your own business ideas.
Looking for VA employment?
Many companies are listed on google, but caution is required especially if they ask for money upfront. A good place to start could be with previous employers or your neighborhood small businesses.
Fiverr is free to join and offers many ways to share your VA services with individuals and companies looking for a VA. Some jobs may be for short term but you also have the flexibility to post your own jobs.
Here is a list of 10 Fiverr Alternatives.
Do I need to be certified?
It all depends in what direction you want your VA career to go. The medical field may require some sort of formal education but in most cases your employer will not request proof of certification.
There is no nationally accredited virtual assistant training certification at this time and your employers will most likely judge your skills by how good a job you do for them.
How do I become a Virtual Assistant?
Many good articles have been written on the subject but WAHM always has great information for the work at home enthusiast.
Check out How to Become a Virtual Assistant.
Udemy offers online courses if you want to learn more about becoming a VA or how to manage a VA.
I welcome any questions, sharing or comments you may have.
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