Virtual Assistant is an independent worker who does work on a contract basis providing assistance to his clients in administrative, technical, creative assistance, customer service, website design, book keeping, marketing services, project management, travel arrangements, writing newsletters for companies etc, the list is exhaustive.
Reasons, why employers hire virtual assistants:The employer might have limited working space and hence limited number of staffers working in the office; they normally outsource the rest of the jobs to people who work from their homes. The employer saves money, as he need not pay for any additional benefits to virtual assistants, as they are not regular employees. Certain employers may not recruit people on a regular basis, as there might not be work available on a regular basis. Hence virtual assistants suit them the best. Also time-consuming projects are ideal to be outsourced to virtual assistants.
The employer can get the kind of work he requires from a virtual assistant say if he wants his website to be designed using Dream weaver instead of HTML, it is possible it as, the Virtual assistant takes care of it and the employer can focus his energy on more productive work.
Virtual assistants too are entrepreneur; hence their service is of great value, as often they may have their own network of people and resources, which can be used for the benefit of the employers. A virtual assistant can be situated anywhere in the world and still provide the services on time, in a competitive price with a wide range of services as expected by the employer.
The employers can select a virtual assistant by having a look at his previous jobs or by going through the testimonials provided on their websites or seeing their web pages. The portfolio pages help the employer determine the expertise and depth of knowledge of the virtual assistant.
Steps to be taken to become a successful virtual assistant:Before deciding to become a virtual assistant, it is good to know what other Virtual assistants are offering in terms of price, certifications and memberships for just to find the crucial ones and try to follow, but no need to copy, as there needs to be originality and individuality.
Creating a website for your own benefit is very important. It need not be flashy, but can you offer simple one listing out the services. Networking with people is very important. Unless you tell that you offer services, people will not come to know. It is advised to join at least two to three groups for wider reachability.
As the virtual assistant industry is full of competition, you need to provide excellent services to stay ahead of others. Your work should speak. It is good to define the services you offer. Either the virtual assistant can be a generalist or can offer specialized services. It all depends on you and then market the same to the clients who offer you work to give the knowledge of what you are capable of handling.