If you are looking for a fairly flexible work from home job becoming a VA or Virtual Assistant may be just the thing for you. It is a job that really offers a lot of options to stay at home moms, college students, or as a secondary job.
While many clients like to have an assistant during set hours many jobs can also be done at your convenience after the kids go to bed, during the school day, etc… But if you are going to have a successful VA Business you are going to want to have a few things ready to go first.
Below are a few tips on things you really need to work as a VA and I’m thrilled to have an upcoming ecourse that will walk you through how to do the many tasks, where to find work, what to charge and so much more! You can sign up HERE for information about the course or join our Facebook group that will talk more about it!
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What You Need For a VA Business
A Good Computer
To do virtual work you are definitely going to want a good working computer with plenty of storage, backup, and office software. Depending on the type of work you will be doing you will want at least basic things like a word processor, spreadsheets, maybe Quicken to manage your income and expenses, photo editing software.
Make sure to that you create an efficient work from home office space that’s designated to just work. You’ll be more productive this way!
You really need to have more than a basic knowledge of not only how computers work but also social media, email, online research, and at least some website knowledge.
Reliable Internet Service
This is super important to allow you to do your work, help you meet deadlines, research, and handle social media. If your internet is frequently going down it is going to cause you stress and issues with work, you may lose jobs over it. Get the highest speed plan that you can get with your service.
You can use a physical planner or an online one but this is a must have to keep track of deadlines, estimated payment dates, video meetings, and other important business related appointments.
Unique Skill Set
You can be a jack/jill of all trades or focus on one area of expertise. What do you have to offer as a VA? Some things you might do as a VA are -setting up a website, growing Twitter, posting to Facebook, editing images, writing articles, answering emails-and that is just a start!
Decide where your virtual talents lie and begin learning more in that area to keep yourself relevant and in demand.
This doesn’t mean that you have to have an entire room devoted to your own office space, although this is wonderful if you can have one. But, you should have at least a designated space somewhere in your home, a desk with everything you need at your fingertips will do.
Some people find that they can work out of Starbucks just fine, or while on the couch watching TV but I find if you want to be really successful in the VA business.