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What Is A Virtual Assistant?

AU Job Connection June 24, 2021

Looking for remote jobs you can start quickly? Today, working from home as a remote employee is easier than ever before. There is more legitimate work at home opportunities now and today's technology makes it super simple to accomplish many different types of work from the comfort of home. One of the most popular types of remote work today is virtual assistance. So, what exactly does a virtual assistant do and how can you get started in this line of work?

What Is a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant is an individual who assists businesses or clients with administrative tasks online. The virtual assistant can work from home performing many of the tasks which an administrative assistant would perform in an office. These tasks can include scheduling, data entry, email management, customer service, and many other tasks which a client wishes to delegate to the assistant.

What Skills Are Required?

In most cases a successful VA will have the following skills:

  • Great communication skills
  • Internet intelligence
  • Versed in office management software such as Microsoft Office
  • Social media intelligence
  • Highly organized
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent task management skills


How To Become a Virtual Assistant

If you already have many of the skills required, you can simply spend some time researching how to put those skills to use as a virtual assistant. There are many blogs and YouTube channels currently which discuss this profession. These resources will also guide you as to where to find clients.

If you are completely new to the idea of being a virtual assistant, there are training courses available online. These courses can take you step by step through the skills you need to be successful. Most courses will also educate you on how to find clients.

If you have been looking for a work-at-home career that you can start quickly, becoming a virtual assistant may be the right fit for you.