How to Become a Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistant

Virtual assistant jobs are a fairly well-known and highly coveted type of remote work. Virtual administration is one of the fastest-growing remote career fields. So, if you’ve been wondering how to become a virtual assistant, read on!

What Is a Virtual Assistant?

Most virtual assistants provide support to their employer or clients in the form of answering emails, transcribing documents, preparing statements and letters, organizing files, coordinating schedules and calendars, making travel arrangements, and generally taking charge of administrative tasks to help a client focus on the other aspects of their jobs.

 

What Does a Virtual Assistant Do? 

Virtual assistants can work as executive assistants, administrative assistants, personal assistants, and in other related positions, depending on the client. Virtual assistant tasks may be any combination of the following:

 

  • Calendar and schedule management
  • Travel arrangements
  • File and document organization
  • Email monitoring and organizing
  • Answering and directing calls
  • Billing and accounting activities
  • Writing and maintaining records
  • Vetting potential clients, projects, partnerships, etc.
  • Maintaining or updating a client’s social media or professional profile

Because so much of a virtual assistant’s job is done through a computer, excellent typing skills and being highly comfortable using different computer programs are a must.

How Do You Become a Virtual Assistant?

NCC’s Business Administrative Assistant is an excellent place to find all the skills you need to become a successful virtual assistant. To give them the proper context, these should be detailed on your virtual assistant cover letter.

As a virtual assistant, you can work directly for employers, or for an agency that provides admin services to other companies, or offer your own services on a contract-basis. 

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If you wish to go into business on your own, determine ahead of time which services you’ll offer, perfect your resume, and start networking.

If you offer social media, web design, or content production services, consider maintaining an online portfolio with examples of your work. After working for your first clients, be sure to collect positive testimonials that can impress new clients.

What Makes a Good Virtual Assistant?

Great virtual assistant job candidates possess skills like phenomenal written and verbal communication and open and transparent communication practices where they are viewed as a reliable, reachable partner by their clients. 

Time management and organizational skills are a must, as is a natural ability to take charge of a situation and organize it for the benefit of a client.

Become a Vital Part of a Business Today

Northwest’s Business Administrative Assistant Program Las Vegas offers on-campus and online Business Administrative Assistant classes to accommodate your work and family schedule.

We value real, hands-on experience, which is why you’ll be visiting businesses and organizations of different sizes, industries, and structures and why our instructors are all experienced business professionals with extensive backgrounds working in, starting up, and operating various businesses and organizations. 

 

Featuring a host of business professionals and guest speakers, our classes will give you all the skills you need to play a vital part in any business, and still graduate in as little as 9 months.

 

Written by: 

Monica Jones, 

B.S. Business Administration Assistant Program Chair

 

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