Monday, January 31, 2011

What Is A Virtual Assistant?

A good virtual assistant is just like a highly skilled online executive assistant, not just a person who happens to own a computer and wants to make money some extra money. However, it can be the perfect career choice for anyone who has experience as an administrative professional. Basically, a virtual assistant is an administrative assistant who can work from anywhere.

Businesses benefit from hiring virtual assistants on many levels, and the demand for them is growing. Here are just a few of the services a virtual assistant can provide:

- Bill Paying
- Updating Blogs
- Fielding Phone Calls
- Managing Calendars
- Scheduling Appointments
- Creating Reports & Spreadsheets
- Online Banking
- Email Management

Being a virtual assistant can be a moneymaking and a money-saving career. In addition to a decent wage, you also don't have any travel and lunch expenses. You will have a control over your income that people working in traditional office jobs will never have. And, you have the convenience of being able to do your job from your own home. A virtual assistant gets to do a lot of different kinds of jobs and work with a lot of different kinds of people. You’re not limited to one geographic location. You can work for anyone anywhere.

To be a successful virtual assistant, you should think of yourself as more than just an online personal helper. You're a business owner whose business happens to be helping others. It can be a wonderful career if you are comfortable donning the multitude of hats a small business owner must wear. You should be aware that the hours can be irregular and you may have to work on short notice. You will also have to spend some time and effort marketing yourself and your business.

With the right tools and know-how, being a virtual assistant is one of the easiest home businesses to start. It doesn't involve substantial startup costs. Of course you'll need some computer programs, but if you're a long time administrative professional like me, you probably already own most of them. If you are familiar with the Internet and basic computer programs, then you probably have the skills to market yourself as a virtual assistant.

The best way to learn how to startup a virtual assistant business and to market it properly is to investigate programs created by people who have been working in the field for years, and who can show you precisely how it’s done. These programs aren't free, but they're not expensive either. Basically you are paying for knowledge and research that took years to acquire and then put into a successful program.

Here are a couple of companies I like. Check them out:

Online Data Entry Jobs, for more info GO HERE

My Data Team, for more info GO HERE

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