As technology continues to advance and improve, so do the types of jobs that we can do from home. Once upon a time, when technology was slower and less advanced, it was much easier for people in Admin or Executive Assistant type roles to work in the office, close to the person or people being assisted.
However, with facilities like conference calling and instant messenger now in place, it has become much easier for people in these roles to work from the comfort of their own homes.
With that said, a Virtual Assistant or VA is someone who provides administrative support to companies, entrepreneurs, and anyone who needs help with routine tasks – from home. Responsibilities can be quite wide-ranging which means the that chances are no two days will ever be the same.
There are a couple of options when it comes to starting out as a Virtual Assistant. You can start by looking for Virtual Assistant roles on job boards, as some employers and Virtual Assistant agencies advertise for full or part-time positions on a regular basis.
You could also decide to go it alone and become self-employed. You’ll first need to decide what kind of services you’d like to offer your clients and whether you will charge per task/project, or per day/hour. Once you’ve done this, you then need to start making your online presence known, so that people know you are available to be hired.
The best way to start networking and meeting clients is to join websites for freelancers, such as People Per Hour, where you can list yourself as a Virtual Assistant and start applying for jobs. Some people will need help with one-off tasks, while others may need help on ongoing projects or may be able to offer more regular work.