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What Is a Virtual Assistant?

Common questions answered as simple as possible.

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.”

Let's simplify

Don’t be confused.

A Virtual Assistant or VA is just a general term. It depends on your skills and proficiencies.
 

There are VA’s that are software developers, there are social media managers, and there are copywriters.
 

It’s just one of those invented terms to make something simple sound more complicated than it needs to be.

If you can offer a service to a client online (freelancing etc...) then you might very well be a VA

Grab a pen and paper (or print this out ) right now. Check or markdown the skills and strengths that you think is essential to the online job YOU DESIRE.

  • Administrative/HR/Data Entry 
  • Technical/Programmer/Developer
  • Customer Service (email or phone?)
  • Creative/Illustrations/Writer
  • Social Media Specialist
     

Find an online job archetype that fit your skills and strengths

Now that you have identified your strengths, let’s see what job is in-line with your skills.
 

A VA with administrative skills can apply for clients that require project management, hiring, and scheduling.
 

If you have a good grasp of written English, then it makes sense that you target English writing jobs like copywriting, ghostwriting, or blogging.
 

If you type super fast then you may want to apply as an encoder or data entry specialist.

Note that NONE of these jobs require you to be a programmer.

When you have identified the things you are good at, and you have also narrowed down what type of online job you want, the next step is to improve your resume.

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