How to Become a Virtual Assistant in 4 Easy Steps

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Have you ever wished you could spend more time with your friends and family without it negatively impacting your work and career? Do you wish you could work from the comfort of your own home, without having to worry about dress codes, lunch hours, or long commutes? If so, life as a VA could be just the career opportunity you are looking for.

VAs (short for virtual assistant) are the natural evolution of the personal assistants: people who – thanks to the wonders of the internet – can provide companies and individuals alike with all the skills and services they require, all while working remotely, on a freelance basis. VAs can specialize in many different areas, or provide general, all-around services ranging from accounting to tech-support.

But virtual assistant jobs are just as challenging as any other, and it can be quite difficult to get your career started. So here’s a short list of tips to help you on your way:

  1. The very first thing you want to do is create a website for yourself. Having a site or a blog will help your clients understand who you are, what your skills are, and how you can help them. Do not be afraid to target a narrower niche; specialized sites such as, for example, offer VA services strictly in the real estate area.
  2. After your website is done, you need to do some research on what being a VA is all about. These often contain great tips and tricks to help you get started.
  3. Once you are familiar with the job, try and increase your social media exposure. Comment on social media sites, post tips and advice on specialist websites – anything you can to raise attention to yourself.
  4. And finally, try and contact a few other VAs and see what they are doing. Staying in touch, giving each other a helping hand every now and then, and even recommending one another is a great way to stay in the loop.

Keep these tips in mind and… good luck in your career as a virtual assistant!