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A virtual assistant is a self-employed worker who specializes in offering administrative services to clients from a remote location, usually a home office. Typical tasks a virtual assistant might perform include scheduling appointments, Maintain all of virtual platforms and works. and more. If you Search on google get a better idea.

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I’m not sure why would we discuss and elaborate it? 
 

you can also look up in google a typical job description of virtual assistant but it’s always only you who define in your gig what you will be doing as a virtuales assistant. 
 

if you are not sure then it’s better not to offer the service that you don’t even know what or how to provide it 

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Thinking of becoming a virtual assistant?

The VA business is a great option for anyone looking for some flexibility in their lives.

The idea of being your own boss and spending more time with your family is a now a reality for many. That’s why more and more people are taking up VA jobs these days to become self-employed people.

You even have organizations like the International Virtual Assistants Association to safeguard your rights as a VA.

Since you’re dictating what work you take on – you’re pretty much your own boss!

As you’re free to work remotely, you can work from anywhere in the world as long as you have access to a high-speed internet connection.

You could be working:

With the Eiffel Tower in the background
On the sunny beaches of Bali
Among the snow capped mountains of the Alps
You could even start your own VA business to make a little more money on the side.

The choice is yours!

But before you jump straight into a virtual assistant business, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

Let’s go over some of them.

1. Determine What You’re Offering
If you have read the earlier section, you already have an idea of what kind of tasks companies like to outsource to VAs.

The next step is determining which of them suits your skill set best.

Worked in customer service for an ecommerce store earlier? Than you might be perfect as a customer support VA.

Have communication skills? Try opting for social media management or managing inbound calls.

Been a personal assistant in large corporations earlier? Your skill set may suited to administrative work

It’s vital to clearly define what skills you’re good at and what you’ll provide to employers.

If you don’t clearly state what you’ll provide ,most people will overlook you in favour of a less qualified candidate that meets their job description requirements to the tee.

So remember, start off by defining what your skill set is and how it can help.

2. Choose Your Business Structure
Your next step should be determining what your virtual assistant business structure is.

Are you going to be a full-time worker?

Are you just doing this on the side to earn a little more money?

This is important because it will determine the kind of daily tasks you’ll be able to take on.

If your VA business is going to be part-time, taking up a tasks like managing phone calls or customer service isn’t the best option.

You’re probably more suited to basic administrative tasks, preparing reports, or maybe even content writing.

What this does is ensure that you don’t bite off more than you can chew.

This way, you won’t be left with a series of daily tasks you have no chance of completing before a deadline.

3. Choose Your Pay
One of the benefits of a virtual assistant business is that you set your own salary.

There are a few things you need to remember though:

You’re not a full-time employee – you’re an independent contractor. If you’re in the United States, you’re going to have to likely pay a self-employment tax as a result
There are no benefits involved here – no medical, dental, 401k,etc
You’re going to have overheads like web maintenance, renting office space and a high-speed internet connection
Remember to set your pay with these factors in mind.

A good way to start is to charge about 25% more than you would for the task in a regular job. That should be enough to cover most of these overheads.

With that being said, it’s still a good idea to look at average rates on freelancer sites to give you a better idea what virtual assistants work pays.

4. Set Up A Website
Now you may be wondering,

“If I’m just going to put up my profile on freelance marketplaces, why do I need a website?”

And you’d be right. You don’t need a website to be a VA.

But if you’re serious about taking this up as a professional business, it’s a good idea if you did.

Why?

It allows you to look more professional.

And in the virtual assistant industry, professionalism = reliability.

The more reliable you seem, the higher the chances are that you’re hired.

Additionally, having a website gives other people a point of reference.

Maybe they saw some of your freelance work somewhere and wanted to reach out.

With a website, they’ll have all the information they need to make an informed choice.

Luckily, it’s easier than ever to set up a website now. You can even use an AI website builder to build a website for you.

Here’s a handy guide from WordPress on how you can go about it.

5. Network
Networking is an essential component of being a VA.

You’ll need to build connections in the virtual assistant industry if you want to be hired there.

Here’s how you go about it:

Identify your field – You’ll need to know where your prospective employers are before setting up meetings with them.
Look for prospects in that field – Once you’ve identified your field, look for good prospects there – look for a small business that’s open to outsourcing – businesses that in your opinion, could use your virtual assistant services
Build your social media presence – Use social media to your advantage. Like and share posts on Twitter and Linkedin by your potential clients to get yourself noticed before formally pitching to them
Pitch to potential clients regularly – Once you’re confident of being on their radar, go ahead and set virtual meetings with these companies – outline what it is you do and how it can benefit them.
Offer a trial period – Your first client may be skeptical of outsourcing. To combat this, on your first time working with them, give clients a trial period to test out the waters.
You’ll build a layer of trust to cement a long term relationship with potential clients by doing so.

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