A virtual assistant also known as VA is a personal or self-employed individual who manages clients’ administrative services or does administrative tasks from a remote area, home, or office.
Virtual assistants are individuals who can control other people’s businesses from a remote area.
Virtual Assistant has freedom of work, freedom of place, and space of time. So they can work for anyone, from everywhere, and any time whenever they want.
The virtual assistants are not someone-bound employees. They are sheer free, and even the companies are their clients. Moreover, virtual assistants can work for more than one person or company.
It is called virtual assistant because the ”Virtual” means all your services will be online and allow you to work from anywhere.
The virtual assistant field is massive; every virtual assistant can offer different services. The services depend on their skills.
The virtual assistant’s services include:
- Administrative Work (i.e., scheduling meetings, booking travel, organizing calendars, or responding to emails or calls).
- Personal Assistant
- Project Management
- Customer Service
- Data Entry
- Social Media Production
- Content Management
Requirements and Skills to be A Virtual Assistant?
The followings are the requirements to be a virtual assistant, or a person must have these tools/stuff/things if they are willing to be a virtual assistant.
- Computer/Smartphone: Remember, A person must have a mobile or a computer to be a virtual assistant because it’s impossible to be a virtual assistant without these tools.
- Internet: Most of the virtual assistant’s work is done remotely, so you must have a good internet connection.
- Education: Virtual assistants do not hold a high-profile degree or have technical skills. They are the people who can read and write emails and have some knowledge and can read and writing emails, have telephonic and communication skills, and know the use of computers and mobile phones quickly. Moreover, if a person has done some online courses and has a diploma or certificate, they can easily make their position in a high-profile company.
“Wisdom comes through experience.” So experience is mandatory for a person to be a virtual assistant, and it sounds good when you have an incident highlighted in your CV. A person with solid experience can easily be higher by well-known companies. To have some experience in the beginning, we must work with some companies or provide our services to someone free of cost. Furthermore, training in online and physical courses and determining the work of a virtual assistant will improve your knowledge and experience.
According to some experts, six months would be enough to gain some experience, and then you can apply for a job as a virtual assistant, and a company will hire you.
How To Become a Virtual Assistant?
Virtual assistants are the most top demanding jobs in the online business market.
It doesn’t require a high-profile degree to be a virtual assistant. All you need is some experience.
Before applying for a virtual assistant job, you will have experience. Based on that, you will be higher.
To gain experience, you must take online courses and work for some small businesses.
After some experience, you will start applying for jobs, and companies will hire you whenever they want your services.
You are a virtual assistant; you do not need to be there physically as the virtual assistants provide services online, so always make sure your online presence.
Remember, the virtual assistant job is beyond the cage of age and gender.
What Kind of Job is a Virtual Assistant?
The job of a virtual assistant is of all types as it could be permanent, it could be contracted, it could be part-time, and it could be full-time as well. It depends on your availability and the time you give to this.
Some people choose the virtual assistant job as a career, and they do this job for the rest of their lives.
How Much Money Does a Virtual Assistant Make?
Depending on their skill level, years of experience, industry, and clients, virtual assistants can earn a considerable amount, according to PayScale.
The range is $21,000 to $56,000 annually, with the median rate being $36,272. The hourly rate for a virtual assistant ranges from $10.16 to $29.49, with a median pay of roughly $16.
The Future of Virtual Assistants?
As we all know, the present and coming era belong to technology, and mostly the young generation and peoples prefer online work and jobs and will like it more as it is needed.
So in the upcoming days, the market and requirement for online services will increase even more, and we can conclude that it is long-lasting and its demand will increase in the future.
Online jobs such as virtual assistants will also be the top priority, and the demand for skilled and good virtual assistants is expected to grow.
This article was contributed to TechABU.co by a guest writer Faizan Ullah.