Freelance Guide – Being a Virtual Assistant

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Now by this time, I am sure you had your Paypal account setup and verified which is the most important step to be honest, you want to do this first because it will take so much time.

Now let’s focus on what is online work and why do online jobs? For this, I am quoting the oDesk contractor manual credits to them

What is online work?
Practically any work that doesn’t require a physical presence can be done online. Writing? Yes! Fixing a sink? Not so much. Successful online freelancers have built careers as developers, designers, marketers, accountants, personal assistants, and more.

How is online work different from traditional work?
From setting your own hours to using your favorite café as an office, online work offers a level of freedom and flexibility you don’t usually find in the traditional workplace. All you need is a computer, a reliable Internet connection, strong skills, and the willingness to work.
You’ll also have a new boss—yourself! And while oDesk can supply the opportunity and tools, what you do with them is up to you. This is why the most successful freelancers are disciplined, entrepreneurial, and determined to build their own career.

That is the exact reason why I wanted to have an online job instead of going in an office for everyday of my life. I get to handle my own time, I don’t have to wake up early everyday just to make it on time for work, I don’t have to sit in traffic and wait for forever, I don’t have to dress fancy, I don’t have to apply make-up daily. IT’S JUST CONVENIENT.

This is something you would want to consider if you ever wanted to pursue a career online. Does working from your own home sounds good to you? Are you tech savvy? Are you familiar with different programs and applications that you should use when you start your online job? You can obviously learn everything if you really wanted to but it helps that you already know what you’re doing so you won’t be confused and you won’t take so much time.
Now that you know what is an online job, let’s proceed to: What are the jobs you can do online.
THERE’S A LOT. I love how our generation works well with technology, it opens up possibilities and opportunities to people on all walks of life.
  • IT & Programming
  • Design & Multimedia
  • Writing & Translation
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Engineering & Manufacturing
  • Finance & Management
  • Legal
  • Administrative Support

Now there are more subcategories  under each job type, but on this blog we will be focusing about performing Administrative tasks and what is a Virtual Assistant.

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.

You’re basically an Executive Assistant except you are working from home. Tasks of a Virtual Assistants depends on who you apply for. Other companies requires their Virtual Assistant to transcribe audio files, or create graphic designs in photoshop but in a nutshell here is what you should be able to do in general as a VA:

  • Have a good knowledge in Social Media like Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and Linkedin as they would require you to manage their accounts and post updates etc
  • Handle customer service emails
  • Do online research
  • Have a good writing skill when you need to create a blog or report
  • Calendar management, scheduling of meetings, reports, etc
  • Data entry/transcription of audio file
  • Develop and edit documents from Microsoft Word, Excel or Google Docs

And so much more, again this depends on you employer. They will include everything they expect from a VA when they post their job so make sure that you are capable to do anything they asked before you submit your application.

The thing with being a VA is that you don’t need prior experience, most clients prefer applicants with experience but new freelancers are still welcome to apply unlike other jobs like IT & Programming or Graphic Design, being a VA doesn’t need a degree or a training. As long as you’re tech savvy and you know your way in and out of the internet, you can be a very effective VA. So don’t be hesitant to submit that application and try your best and let the client know that you are fast learner and you have all the abilities of a good VA.

Are you interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant? Or do you have any experience being one? Let me know.

Lots of love,

Cherry

Next post for this series is: Where to apply for jobs please stay tune if you’re interested

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