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freelancers or independent contractors.
Becoming a virtual assistant is one way for stay-at-home moms and the unemployed to earn. It also becomes a career path for many gen X and Y who enjoy location-independent work and flexible time.
You can find numerous work marketplace for virtual assistants. oDesk, Freelancer, Elance, and PeoplePerHour are just some of the sites where you can post your resume and find virtual assistant jobs.
Aside from having your presence in those work marketplace, you can also find virtual assistant jobs through forums and online communities. Some VA create their own business website where they offer their services.
When creating your profile, make sure to highlight your specialization or capabilities. It makes it easier for clients to know what you can do.
Linkedin is a great website for prospecting clients. Though I haven't done that but because I've been receiving proposals every now and then, I see Linkedin as a potential place to meet clients. So, make sure that your Linkedin profile is updated. Even if you are not actively searching, perhaps one of these days you will receive some job offers too.
Experience is a big advantage for virtual assistant as many prospect clients want to have their projects done fast with less supervision. But this is not to say that newbies would be having a difficult time finding projects. Some clients are not particular with experience.
Attitude also matters. If you are trainable, willing to learn, industrious, persistent and can work independently; even if you are new to the business, there won't be any trouble for you to catch up with the seasoned VAs. The key here really is knowledge and skills. Even veterans need to learn and upgrade skills too.
Here are some of the basic skills of a virtual assistant:
- Communication skills
- Computer knowledge (basic knowledge on Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
- Sales and marketing
Complacency is good at times but in this kind of business, every projects that comes to your hand becomes a learning experience because one project is unique from another. New learning becomes a must.
To better understand the trade, it is advisable to network with other virtual assistants and learn from them. Online resources are also available for our consumption.
What are the jobs available for virtual assistants?
There's a lot of jobs for virtual assistants. Here are just a few of them:
- Online research
- Database entry
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Managing email
- Social media
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