Ever dreamt of working anywhere you want? Like your living room while in front of the TV in your PJs? Or, using your laptop at your dining room table while having breakfast with your kids? Or maybe you just don’t like working in an office?
Is this even possible?
You may have seen posts on social media and on various job posting sites about a job called “Virtual Assistant.” This may be new to you, but, Virtual Assistants or VAs have been a real thing for quite a while. It became highlighted with job hunters when the pandemic started because people are opting for a safer option.
What is a Virtual Assistant?
In case you are wondering, a virtual assistant is a self-employed worker who provides support or administrative services to businesses and entrepreneurs remotely (as in, not in the same physical location).
Virtual assistants are in HOT demand. This applies to small businesses and for big companies. Virtual Assistants can do many different tasks without the need to be in an office.
A Typical Virtual Assistant Job Description
Some tasks that a Virtual Assistant does might be:
- Support Services, like customer support, email support, and chat support. They can handle simple customer inquiries through email or chat.
- Bookkeeping, orders, and refunds.
- Administrative Services like managing appointments, bookings, calendars, and contacts.
- Content Creation Services are content creation, ghostwriting, editing, proofreading, transcription, content research.
- Other services specific to your skill sets include website design, WordPress website maintenance, graphic design and layout, editing videos, digital marketing tasks, social media management, and lead generation.
As we shared in our previous article, How To Make Money From What You Know, these skills might be something you already know or have vast experience working in an office.
Why Become a Virtual Assistant?
So the next question is, why become a Virtual Assistant? It was covered in our article: Why Working from Home is Here to Stay, and to give you a summary, it is just more flexible and rewarding to work from home.
Work anywhere. This is a luxury most people dream of. Working anywhere you want might be working from a different zip code every week. Some would look at this as spending the whole day working at the comfort of their bed. Being a Virtual Assistant allows you to have the freedom to do things to make a living but still feel like you’re living.
A study showed that people with a comfortable working environment had increased work productivity. ² Experimental research conducted over the last 30 years has found anywhere between a 2.7% to an 8.6% increase in productivity.
Without the toxic commute and the pressure of office-settings, you can focus on working and performing.
Rewarding. Rewarding is getting satisfaction or gratification. If you ever feel dissatisfied or unhappy with your work because of pressure and not being appreciated enough for your work, being a Virtual Assistant might be for you. VA’s have the freedom to work and get satisfaction because they are not motivated by the pressures of an office-based environment. They are driven by comfort and convenience.
³ Another research by Flexjobs in 2019 found that 65% of professionals think they would be more productive working remotely than in a traditional office, with 49% saying they go to their home or home office when they really need to buckle down and get work done.
If you want a type of career that can rid yourself of safety concerns, the pressures of office-based work and the convenience of working from the comfort of your home, going for a VA job is possibly the best fit for you.
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