In the time before the invention of computers and internet communication was too hard and slow. But after this great invention the whole world of communication is revolutionized. We can do any task which we even could not think in the past. Internet communication has brought the whole world together very close. And completely changed the status of the world.
The life style is completely revolutionized and modernized.
One of the revolutionary things is an online job which could never be done without this invention. It has granted an easy to those women specially who want to stay at home with their children.
Many jobs are available online on various sites. You can choose from a list according to your expertise. If you have an experience of an assistant then the virtual assistant job is an ideal job for you. All you need is a computer and an internet connection with high speed.
Who is a Virtual Assistant?
A virtual assistant also known as VA is an independent contractor. A VA provides his services related to administration to his client. He works from a remote location outside of his clients office. The VA operates from his Home Office and he has access to the documents and shared calendar for planning and to give assistance to his client. People usually hire VA who has office management experience. Many companies hire virtual assistants because they are not bound to provide the same benefits which are provided to the full-time workers of real office. So you must keep in mind this thing while applying for this job.
You don’t need a typical office or office desk to operate.
Virtual Assistant Duties
There is no any set standard and act for the duties of a virtual assistant. The duties can vary according to the contract and requirements of the client. These duties may include
- Book keeping
- Clerical duties
- Handling social media accounts
- Writing articles for blogs
- Traveling arrangements
- Scheduling meetings
- Data entry
- Online file keeping and storing etc.
When you are applying for a VA post read the contract carefully to avoid any misunderstanding which may occur in any remotely working.
You must develop the following qualities before becoming a VA.
- You must have the ability to plan.
- Also, you must have good communication skills.
- Acquire basic accounting knowledge
- Commit to personal and professional development
- Develop your marketing skills.
These are some basic skills which are needed for all types of VAs in any nature of the business. Some skills can be developed according to the nature of the business.
How can I become a virtual assistant?
Many websites hires virtual assistants according to the business nature. To become a virtual assistant firstly decide your field in which you are skilled. Decide in which field you are specialized. Then go to thee the various freelancing sites to see the job posts relevant to your expertise.
Then setup your price. This may be per hour. You can also make packages to get a long term client.
BELAY, WorldWide 101, Time, HirMyMom.com, WAHM.com, TaskRabbits, VanNetworking.com are some of the very famous sites who on which you can register yourself as a Virtual Assistant and can get your client easily.
How much a virtual assistant earns?
Working as a virtual assistant in US may give you an amount ranging from $14500 to $124,500 annually.
on upwork a freelance virtual assistant charges $18 to $35 per hour. It may vary according to your skills, expertise and experience.
My friend have been working as a virtual assistant for years and adding a nice amount in her monthly income. So its time to use your administrative experience to work online and earn online.