By Holly Reisem Hanna
A virtual assistant (VA) is a highly skilled, home-based professional that offers companies and businesses administrative, technical and social assistance. Virtual assistants complete tasks such as, sending out correspondence via email or mail, appointment setting, typing, online filing, phone calls, Internet research, data entry, maintaining websites, and more. The services that you can provide are endless and all depend on your background training and experience; obtaining a virtual assistant certification can help to establish your credibility in the field.
Setting up a virtual assistance business is easy and has a very low start-up cost. Some items that you will need to get started are a computer, phone-line, fax-line, Internet access, printer, and a website to market your business. You will want to create a resume or online portfolio of all your training, education, and previous experience along with a list of all the tasks you are able to provide.
Depending on what services you offer, how long you’ve been business, and your past experience, virtual assistants make an average of $25.00 an hour. There are a few different ways that you can charge for your services, by the hour, number of tasks, project or package – explore what option works best for you and your clients.
If you like to help people, are you organized, have good time management skills, excellent proof reading, grammar and spelling, a career as a virtual assistant may be the perfect home-based opportunity for you!
Check out our resources below to get started!
- Work from Home as a Virtual Assistant
- Three Virtual Assistants Who Have Taken Their Businesses to Six Figures
- Top Virtual Assistant Services
Virtual Assistant Resources:
- Becoming a Virtual Assistant
- Clayton’s Secretary
- Desk Demon
- International Association of Virtual Assistants
- International Association of Virtual Office Assistants (IAVOA)
- International Virtual Assistant Association
- The Canadian Virtual Assistant Network
- VA Networking
- VA Training Academy
- Virtual Assistant.org
- Virtual Assistants.com
VA Certificate Programs:
Set Up Your Own Work at Home Virtual Assistant Business
The second type of home typing business which is easily set up by anyone who can use a computer, is a virtual assistant business. This allows you to work completely at home, usually without ever meeting clients in person, since all of the work is “collected” and delivered online.
The need for virtual assistants is growing rapidly with the development of technology and the ease with which people can set up an online business.
The type of service that you offer can include a huge range of activities from transcription, to creating and uploading web pages, translating, desktop publishing and anything else which you are skilled in and can complete over the Internet.
The advantages of being a virtual assistant are many. You work at home but can have clients in any part of the world with Internet access. In addition, you can create a much more interesting “job description” for yourself by offering a wide range of different services., which is unlikely if you are working as a personal assistant in the real world. You could be translating reports for a client in France, designing a website for a client in Scotland and transcribing mp3s for another in Canada.
Having a virtual assistant is extremely useful to small businesses and particularly to sole traders who need occasional help but do not have the space or funds to employ someone full time. Larger companies can also benefit as they can call upon a virtual assistant when they have a rush job or an unexpected surge of work.
This type of business can also be set up very easily in your spare time, allowing you to try it out before you commit yourself and giving you the opportunity to build up gradually before cutting back on the hours in your day job.
Waller Jamison is a careers advisor and university lecturer, who understands the difficulties involved in changing career and setting up a home business.
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