How to become a remote Virtual Assistant

The job explained, tips and stories from nomads

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
  • Grammarly

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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
  • Prialto
  • Upwork
  • Fancy Hands
  • Belay
  • Magic
  • Wood Bows

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