10 Simple Yet Powerful Tips to Become a Great Virtual Assistant

Now that you’ve decided to become a virtual assistant, you naturally want to be the best you can be–and the best in the business. This is one of the few part-time money making ideas that can turn into a great full-time career, if you play your cards right. So, here are ten suggestions to put you on the road to success…

1.  Expertise

It goes without saying, that if you want to be the best, you will need to pick an area to specialize in. As you go to choose your area of specialization, keep your skill set and natural abilities in mind. Don’t choose an area simply because it seems lucrative, or sounds interesting; choose jobs you can already do, and do well. If you’re a talented receptionist, but would rather be a web designer, that’s fine. Earn enough as a receptionist to pay for web design courses, and then switch. When it comes to succeeding as a VA, expertise is everything.

2.  A Business Plan

Your dad would tell you that “you didn’t plan to fail; you failed to plan.” And most new entrepreneurs who start their new venture without an adequate business plan do fail. A good plan will include a market analysis, a look at your competition, a financial plan and a business model, among other sections. Remember, you don’t need to have a formal document, but a very informal way to keep track of all the necessary elements works just as well. Unsure of how to proceed? A quick search online, or at your local library or bookseller will turn up plenty of reliable references. It may seem like so much hoop-jumping when you’re raring to jump into your new life, but a little time spent in planning could well save your business later.

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10 Mistakes to Avoid as a Virtual Assistant

Virtual assisting is one of the money making ideas that has gained a lot of attention over the past few years. It offers the employers the flexibility of hiring professional assistants without having to worry about providing office space and benefits, while offering the virtual assistants the flexibility to work from home, dorm or a cafe nearby,  and on a schedule that best fits their lifestyle. It is a great win-win situation that is made easy by the ever-involving Internet landscape, and the trend seems to be for this to become more mainstream over the next few years. If you have decided to give virtual assisting a shot, then you are in a good place to catch the rising tide. Just make sure you avoid these basic mistakes at all costs, and you should be well on your way to making a good income on a flexible schedule.

Lying

Honesty, as a virtual assistant, is very important. Being caught in a lie can not only be embarrassing, but it can also cost you a client. Try to be honest in all dealings with your client. Lying is an inexcusable act to most businesspeople (not everyone is Bernie Madoff). Even a small white lie can break the trust that the client places in you. In the world of virtual assistance, where you don’t get a chance to work face to face and access the person in flesh and blood, the trust that you build over a period of time is of paramount importance. Lose that, and you will very likely lose the client (and all the referrals he could potentially make).

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A Few Things You Need to Know About PayPal

If you use any of the money making ideas that require online transactions e.g., eBay selling, freelancing, blogging, etc., then you need to have a means to accept payment online. And you need to be able to do this in a secure and easy-to-use fashion. Before you run off to invent your secure payment system, stop. That wheel has already been invented. And it has become a household name for people who buy or sell online. Yes, we are talking about Paypal.

PayPal has taken international business money exchange by storm. If you’ve purchased anything online in the past few years, chances are that you were offered the option to pay for your purchase using your PayPal account. If you want to make money online, you should consider creating a PayPal account so you can offer your customers the option to buy your products or services without ever touching a check or credit card.

Here are a few things you should know about this online payment juggernaut –

Accounts

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What you Need to Know to Get Started as a Virtual Assistant

No matter how much of a Sci Fi fan you are, being a virtual assistant doesn’t mean that you get to digitize yourself and live in the world of Tron. In the current day and age, being a virtual assistant simply means that you provide real assistance virtually—over the Internet, phone, chat services, and maybe sometime in the future through cerebral brain scans or something like that 🙂

Being a virtual assistant is one of the money making ideas that has boomed in the past few years. Once, not so long ago, people were forced to hire in-house assistants that would require health insurance and an actual place to work. Business owners were required to pay all sorts of employer taxes that many couldn’t afford. So began the reign of the virtual assistant—no office, no insurance, no employer taxes…easy peasy.

So how do you take the concept of being a virtual assistant and make it into a money making idea that you can wrap your head, hands and pocket book around? Here are some tips to get started.

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Everything You Need to Determine If You Can Make Money as a Virtual Assistant

In your quest for money making ideas, you may have come across several get rich quick schemes and earn money while you sleep pitches. A smart reader that you are, you probably have walked right past those flashy claims and are looking for something more legit; something that will let you use the skills you already have, while earning you a good income. Working as a Virtual Assistant had probably crossed your radar, but you are not sure yet if it is the right option for you. Or maybe you have already decided that this is what you want to do, but need some clarity about all the details. In this article we provide a quick overview of what becoming a virtual assistant is all about. It covers some of the basics to give you a feel of what to expect.

 

What is a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant (VA for short) is an individual who provides professional administrative, technical, creative or managerial assistance remotely. VAs work virtually as an independent contractor and provide services for a pre-determined fee.

Prerequisites

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