02 Mar How To Become A Virtual Personal Assistant
The internet has opened up a world of opportunities for all people who have access to it.
It is the best possible medium to learn new things, gain insight into the world around you, see things as they happen across the globe, but most importantly, it has made it possible for people to hire other people and services from anyone, who is anywhere in the world, for an affordable price.
This medium had made it possible for people to start offering their services at a global level to customers who are willing to pay to get simple tasks done.
Virtual jobs are especially a good way for students and people in between office jobs to earn some extra pocket money without having to invest too much of their time.
Assessing yourself- Are you PA Material
Before you start applying for any online assistant jobs, there is something that you absolutely need to do, and that is to assess yourself and understand what your abilities and strengths are when it comes to being an assistant.
Some people are quick to think that the job of a personal assistant is very easy and simple, however this is not the case. It is a difficult job and is different than being an office secretary.
When you are an office secretary the only assistance you provide is with work related stuff, however there are no limits to what a personal assistant may be required to do from simple tasks like drafting emails and making phone calls, to running personal errands and picking up stuff from the super market or the kids from school.
Therefore, take the time to think about what it is that you are able and willing to offer.
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Understanding the Job Description
When we hear the word virtual, it means just that, this position is a remote position and you can do it from almost anywhere in the world, as long as you have a good internet and phone connection.
Some people hire virtual personal assistants to help them with writing projects and work, while others may just need someone to help them proof read stuff or compile and email it.
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There are some people who run home based businesses and require assistants to help with correspondence and other aspects of the business.
There are still other people who may wish to hire someone to help them with making or managing budgets and business financial records.
Technical assistance is also another very popular area where people from across the world look for affordable resources who could help them with the development, use and or maintenance of technology related aspects of their business.
Keeping all of this in mind, it is essential that a person check out the various job descriptions available online and determine where they best fit. That way it makes it a lot easier to look for, apply and get different jobs.
Designing your profile
Designing a killer profile is the most important factor when it comes to gaining success towards becoming and virtual personal assistant.
While most people do not know this fact, but a well-designed and effect profile is one that is simple, ideally falls on one page, summarizes your areas of expertise, your hourly wage rate and has access to your samples or portfolio.
Adding a link to a portfolio or giving samples is always a very good idea, because people would prefer to see something that they need from you, rather than read about your ability to do what they need.
Starting Out Small
If you are entering this industry as a fresh candidate, then you need to be realistic and understand that you will not hit big on the first attempt.
The fact of the matter is that even though they are many opportunities available on the internet, there are also many people on the internet, all who intend to apply for and are more than capable of taking advantage of the available opportunities.
In such a case it is better to set your hourly wage rate low to start with, and then rise it gradually to a higher price.
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Building a reputation
A very crucial step in gaining success in this field is building up a good reputation and the best way to do that is by getting good reviews.
Some of the sites that offer freelance and virtual position market places these days allow you to ask customers to rate you and your services on a weekly or monthly basis.
They also are a good way of getting more visibility and can help you in making a good reputation. In the same way adding a section of customer feedback and testimonials with contact information to your profile is a great way to make a good impression.