I have worked as a Virtual Assistant for going on two years now. It has offered my family a little bit of extra spending money and has increased my quality of life an insane amount. Lately I’ve encountered several people who really want to make working from home an option for them, so I’ve decided to start a four part mini series on my blog covering working as a Virtual Assistant. Here are the different topics:
- PART 1: What is a Virtual Assistant? & What does a Virtual Assistant do?
- PART 2: How do you get started as a Virtual Assistant?
- PART 3: How do you find Clients for Virtual Assistant work?
- PART 4: Virtual Assistant Q&A
I’ll be doing a new article each week, with the final week being a Q&A article. PLEASE leave any questions you may have in the comment section or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I really want to help give you the information that you need, so any and all questions are helpful! 🙂
Let’s dive right in to this week’s topic: What is a Virtual Assistant?
According to Wikipedia, “A virtual assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.”
I’d agree with that definition. When people ask me what I do, I tell them that I’m basically like an Administrative Assistant, only I work for myself. I’m an Indepdent Contractor, meaning I’m responsible for my own tax withholding and reporting each year, and I have a Client list. I set my own hours, my own rates, and I work from my own home. It is really a win-win for everyone. The Clients get their work done by someone who is skilled but they avoid having to have a physical location and they don’t have to pay you a salary or pay into health insurance, taxes, etc. It’s a win for YOU because you get the freedom to work from virtually anywhere and you can be choosy about your Clients and the tasks you’re responsbile for.
What does a Virtual Assistant do?
Virtual Assistants can be responsible for a variety of tasks and projects that an Administrative Assistant would be responsible for, such as:
- Writing blog posts
- Posting to social media platforms
- Replying to e-mail
- Booking appointments
- Following up with clients and customers
- Booking travel
- Data entry
- & many more!
As for me, I’ve done transcription work and data entry as a Virtual Assistant, but right now all that I do is write blog posts and post to social media platforms. I’ve found a niche that I love and fit into: Couponing and Frugal Living Blogs. I have several Clients from across the country who have me search for deals to use as content for their sites. I use WordPress to log onto their blogs and post the deals, making sure that their specific affiliate links are coded into the HTML so that they get the credit and commission for any purchases the readers make. One Client sends me what work they’d like done each day, while another gives me free reign to post whatever I think their readers will like, while another has me work on a series of projects each week.
Hopefully you learned a little bit about what the term Virtual Assistant means and some of the tasks that can go along with holding this title. Check back next week when I’ll give you some insider information on how to get started as a Virtual Assistant, such as what skills you need, what equipment you need, and more.
If you found this article useful, or if you want to learn more about being a Virtual Assistant, leave me a comment below. I’d love to hear from you and get your questions answered!