How to Become a Virtual Assistant: Ultimate Guide

Many people look at VAs as little more than executive assistants. But it’s more complicated than you think! It’s true that in some circumstances we might be performing some of the traditional tasks associated with administrative work.

But the list of services that a VA can offer is amazingly dynamic. And for this reason, I created the following definition:

A virtual assistant is anyone who offers services to other entrepreneurs from afar in exchange for an agreed-upon fee.

As you read through this, you’ll quickly begin to understand why I decided to create such a wide definition.

What Services Does a Virtual Assistant Provide?

The second most common question revolves around the types of services that you can offer as a VA. The truth of the matter is that there is no cut and dry list of activities that a virtual assistant does.

We’ve compiled a list of common VA services that provide you with a great starting point. Depending upon your skills and interests, you’re almost guaranteed to find something that will appeal to potential clients. Here are a few examples:

  • Customer support
  • Processing online orders and refunds
  • Website design
  • WordPress maintenance
  • Graphic design and layout
  • Calendar management and travel arrangements
  • Content creation for blogs and ghostwriting
  • Editing and proofreading
  • Transcription
  • Content research
  • Keyword research
  • Email management
  • Bookkeeping
  • Data entry
  • Creating sales pages
  • Managing product launches
  • Performing outreach
  • Lead generation
  • Editing videos
  • Social media management
  • Project management
  • Community management and moderation

The list goes on and on! For many busy entrepreneurs, the greater the variety of tasks you can handle, the better.

Services are one thing, but you might be wondering what skills do you need to become a virtual assistant?

Obviously, if you’re planning to work online, a general understanding of all-things-internet is a good place to start. Having some specific skills and experience will make getting started easier and it’ll definitely help with landing the first few clients.

Your experience could include any variety of business activities — both online and offline. At the same time, it’s important to note that a lack of skills should never be a deterrent.

A high degree of motivation, good communication skills, and a determination to learn are equally, if not more important.

Here are the basic steps you’ll need to follow:

  1. Choose your business structure.
  2. Decide which services you’ll offer your clients.
  3. Decide on your pricing structure.
  4. Launch your website and create your online presence.
  5. Start pitching and networking.
  6. Build relationships.

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