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How to Start Working as a Virtual Assistant: Basics for Beginners


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Becoming a virtual assistant can be a very profitable career IF you lay a solid foundation for your new online business. For More Information, visit:

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How to Start Working as a Virtual Assistant: Basics for Beginners

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION The Internet offers unprecedented chances for people to work online anywhere in the world, from the comfort of their own home, to a coffee shop or even a beach The “laptop lifestyle” offers wonderful freedom, but you need to be organized and make the most of your skills You need a steady stream of happy clients willing to pay for your work regularly It’s easy once you know how 2
  2. 2. 1: WHAT IS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT? A virtual assistant is like a personal assistant in an office, except they are virtual, that is, they work remotely on a computer They are usually contacted by email, but possibly also phone or Instant Messenger VAs, as they are called, perform a range of tasks for their clients 3
  3. 3. 2: GETTING STARTED WORKING FROM HOME AS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT The important thing to consider when becoming a VA is what skills and abilities you have that A-people want to pay for B-you will love doing C-will earn you enough to meet your salary expectations/pay all your bills, or even better, as compared with working a full-time job for a conventional employer 4
  4. 4. 3: WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WORKING FROM HOME Working at home (WAH) offers a great deal of freedom It is ideal for parents who want to stay at home with (younger) children, or homeschool It is a great opportunity for an older person who wants to add to their income It is ideal for anyone who wants to explore setting up and running their own business 5
  5. 5. 4: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A VA There is always a good deal of variety You will work on client projects You will look for new work if your projects are coming to an end and you need more clients You need to market yourself as a VA and buil a reputation as someone reliable and skilled 6
  6. 6. 5: WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE A NICHE EARLY A niche is a topic or area of focus Many VAs are generalists who do a little of everything, such as email, customer service and so on Other VAs specialize, such as in helping people with their WordPress blog, using Photoshop, and so on This is where the higher earnings will be 7
  7. 7. 6: KEY PERSONALITY TRAITS OF A SUCCESSFUL VIRTUAL ASSISTANT Many VAs have certain characteristics that make this the perfect job for them They need to be organized And have to like helping people They should also be willing to brand themselves as an expert-being a VA is a real job, so there’s no need to be shy 8
  8. 8. 7: COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN STARTING YOUR VIRTUAL ASSISTANT BUSINESS There are many people who try to become VAs, but fail because they make one or more of the most common mistakes when it comes to starting their own VA business The most common are not treating it as a serious business and not being organized A lot of people also struggle with time management and getting it all done Knowing what to do and what not to do can propel you towards success 9
  9. 9. CONCLUSION Becoming a VA is a REAL job that can help you meet all your financial and career goals BUT you need to lay a solid foundation for your profitable new work at home business Learn the essentials on how to start as a successful VA and decide if this is the right career move for you 10
  10. 10. FOR MORE INFORMATION  virtual-assistant/ 11