The job of a remote Virtual Assistant explained by nomads.
What is an remote virtual assistant?
A Virtual Assistant (VA) is someone that specializes in offering online administrative work usually from a remote location like home or office space. As a VA you offer services to help your clients on a day-to-day basis. It’s common for VAs to be self-employed and either bill hourly or agree to a fixed project fee. The role of a virtual assistant can be very dynamic and this depends on what you offer your skills, and the hours available.
Typical tasks for a virtual assistant are email management, scheduling appointments, support with content creation, social media scheduling, research and more.
VA skills you need:
- Time Management and organizational skills. If you have multiple clients at the same time, you have to be able to deliver your tasks on time.
- Self-discipline and making sure you meet your clients’ deadlines
- Strong at attention to detail.
- Taking initiative and feeling confident asking questions to do your job better and more effectively.
- Interpersonal skills: emotional intelligence to be able to understand people’s feelings and needs around you. This skill will always be helpful with your clients.
- Set boundaries to make sure you don’t get overloaded with work or underpaid.
Virtual Courses to explore
- Work From Home as a Virtual Assistant
- The Savvy System by Abbey Ashley
- 10K VA by Kayla Sloan
- Fully booked VA by Gina Horkey (Best for – fast track virtual assistant training)
- Laptop Lifestyle Bootcamp by Amanda Kolbye (Best for – fully immersive VA training)
- Work from Home as a VA via Udemy (Best for – basic training at a budget price)
- 90 Day VA with Esther Inman
Tools and resources for SEO
- Work management tools like Trello, Asana, ClickUp or Basecamp
- Digital notepad like Evernote, Google Keep
- Video conference tools like Zoom, Teams, or Google Hangouts
- Video/screen recording tools like Loom, Vidyard or Vimeo
- Microsoft Office or Google (word document/docs, spreadsheets, and presentation/slides)
- Not a required tool but it’s handy if you know tools like Canva and a social media scheduler
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Challenges for SEO specialists
- Work under pressure. You have to keep up with someone else’s schedule and finish your tasks on time, in order for your client to be able to do their job.
- Possibility to work on weekends. As we have mentioned you work with someone else’s schedule, and that may include working some weekends and late nights.
- Conflicting time zones. Working around someone’s schedule plus the time difference can be very challenging at some points.
- It can be complicated to stay with long-term clients. Keep delivering great work and always keep an eye out for new clients.
Finding Virtual Assistant clients
Websites for VA jobs
- Time Etc
- Fancy Hands
- Wood Bows