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Hello everyone! Within a short period that we have been together, I must say that those moments are full of fruitful interactions. During those times, we talked about a variety of topics which include Bitlanders tips and guides, writing tips, business start-ups, design tips, a bit of movie and restaurant reviews as well as plans for the coming months. Before we finally leave the first quarter of the year, allow me to open a new topic which I'm sure would be beneficial to everyone especially that we are all in the online earning field. This would be the topic regarding Virtual Assistant or Virtual Assisting.
A Brief Overview
I'm sure you are excited to learn more about this topic. All of us are aiming to have a good life and a decent income that could sustain our day to day living. This is one reason why we are trying to learn different skills in order for us to cope with the ever demanding field of work - the online working field. So, brace yourselves as we are about to learn new things and get new ideas which we could possibly use as we go along our online journey. Feel free to leave comments, questions or anything which you think might be helpful in our discussion.
You might already encounter this type of work as you browse online for available jobs. But do you really know what is a Virtual Assistant or most commonly referred to as VA and what kind of work they do?
Virtual Assistants are self-employed individuals who work remotely with the tasks of assisting clients with their businesses. These individuals, as the name implies do their work from another place, through the use of the internet. Virtual Assistant can do a variety of tasks for several clients at a given time depending on the situation.
The virtual industry is a fast-growing industry and is expected to grow more rapidly in the next few years. According to Transparency Market Research (TMR), the virtual assistant market industry is expected to reach US$7.9 bn by the end of 2024, from US$627.7 mn – its valuation in 2015. If these figures hold true, the market will exhibit an astounding Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 32.8% between 2016 and 2024.
The projected growth in the market would open more opportunities to the community in terms of career. Which is beneficial to those who are willing to adapt to the ever-changing technology.
Why Business Owners Hire Virtual Assistants?
Business owners, online marketers, and bloggers among others may opt to acquire help from a VA to assist them with their business. For example, I am a blogger and I have a little knowledge of website management since it is a very technical task. I could hire a person who has an excellent skill in setting up a website. Likewise, there are tasks which are necessary for the business but would not require much technical know-how which I could delegate to other workers. This way, I could devote my time to other equally important tasks needed for my blogging activities.
Usually, business owners would hire a VA to assist them in their administrative concerns which may vary from a simple task to a more complicated work.
What Are the Usual Tasks of a VA?
The work of a VA is almost similar to a normal administrative assistant. The only difference is that it is being done remotely and with the use of the internet.
A Virtual Assistant work may include but not limited to the following tasks:
- Uploading articles to websites
- Bookkeeping and accounting tasks
- Assisting clients
- Answering emails/phone calls
- Sending updates
- Organizing events
- Encoding data in the spreadsheet
- Social media marketing
- Designing forms, flyers, and other marketing materials
- Other tasks as may be required by the employer.
What Skills Must You Have in Order to Work as VA?
If you are aiming to work as a Virtual Assistant in the coming days, it is imperative that you learn several skills. You must also know how to use some online tools as these may be required by the employer.
Here are the skills needed in order to start working as a VA. It doesn't mean that we have to learn all the skills. Having at least 3 or 4 related skills could help us find a good paying Virtual Assisting jobs.
- Computer and Internet Savvy
- Communication and Administrative Skill
- Online Marketing
- Microsoft Excel
- Writing skill
- Web App Programming
- Web design
- Graphic Design
- Video Editing
Where Can You Find Work?
There are many companies online that offer Virtual Assistant jobs which you can try. The requirements may vary depending on the site you want to join. Here are some of the sites which you could try. I will be giving a detailed information and review of these sites in my succeeding blog posts. Please let it be known that links are provided for easy access but the author is not promoting any of these sites. You may conduct your own research to verify the legitimacy before joining any of these sites.
How much Can a VA Earn?
According to an article released by Onlinejob.ph report, a virtual assistant may earn from $300 to $1000 per month depending on their skills.
There are also several factors which may affect the amount a VA can earn. Those who can devote longer hours may have the chance to earn more over those who are working on a part-time. Availability of job that matches one's skill can also be a factor.
How Much Time Do You Need to Devote to Being a VA?
Since you are being paid per hour or per project, you can decide how much time you want to devote to this career. If you opted to work on a full time, that would mean a greater chance of earning high amount.
Working as a Virtual Assistant is a promising career knowing that today's demand for this type of work is increasing rapidly. However, we should also consider other factors such as the internet connection in our current place. I would like to put emphasis on this because this is one of the most important things when we opted to work online especially as a VA wherein we need to work for a client.
There is no doubt that being a virtual assistant can be a reliable source of income and anybody with the skill and ability to adapt to the new technology can earn as much as they want.
Here is another video which could tell us more about the skills needed in order to be a Virtual Assistant. Enjoy watching!
Thank you, my friends, for the time you devoted reading my blog post. Watch out for more ideas and tips on how you could earn without leaving your home. Have a great day!
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by: Sharon Lopez
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