Do you want to become a VA (virtual assistant)? Maybe you are not sure what VA's do exactly. VA's will perform just about any task from their own home for their clients. Here are a few examples of what VA's do:
* Newsletter Creation: Many companies send out weekly or monthly newsletters, many through a newsletter service such as Aweber or Constant Contact. It takes some skill to know how to format and put together these types of emails. You will need some writing/formatting skills and to become familiar with the various newsletter services.
*Social Media: Successfully running the social media for a company can be a full time job. Maintaining Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and such requires a lot of time. Active social media accounts need to interact throughout the day. Tweets, posts, links, etc. posted as well as answering questions, retweeting, sharing, etc. It takes action to grow good social media accounts, and businesses know the benefit in this and hire social media professionals to handle this end.
*Webmaster: If a company has a website in place, they will need a webmaster to run updates, publish new pages, edit older pages, etc.
*Content writer: If you write well, you can write for businesses and websites. Also called copy writing, where you will not get credit for but paid for the piece.
*Customer Service Rep: Companies hire individuals to help answer emails, do web chats and even speak on the phone. Process and fulfill orders, interact with customers.
*Accounting: If you are educated in accounting, companies hire others to take care of accounting duties, such as payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, etc.
*Transcription: Sometimes companies will have recordings, webcasts, audio files they need transcribed onto a webpage or document. These can be medical, regular or legal transcription.
*Graphic Designer: Design graphics, logos, brochures, web pages, templates for websites.
*Ebook Creation: This can include any part of eBook creation, from writing the content, to formatting for different downloads.
*Marketing: Websites, eBooks, services, products need marketed. This requires skill in knowing how to do press releases, writing, guest posts, social media updates, devising advertising and seeking places to advertise, etc.
*Shopping Cart Maintenance: Large online retailers need someone to monitor their shopping cart, to make sure the orders are going through, to fix issues, to maintain specials, sales, discounts, coupon codes, etc.
*Telemarketing/Appointment Setting: Phoning businesses from a script to sell their services. Setting up appointments for executives/sales reps.
*Concierge Services/Travel: Handling travel arrangements, accommodations, floral delivery, tracking down items, arranging appointments, etc.
The list goes on and on. A virtual assistant is a person who uses their skills and expertise for hire by those needing their services. The type of Virtual Assistant jobs are unlimited and include many more than listed here.
About the author:
Lori Ramsey spent many years as a virtual assistant and now writes. Visit her sites here: www.laramsey.com and www.momslifestyleguide.com.