Are you wondering what you can do with your computer, scanner, fax, and office experience? Start working from home as a Virtual Assistant!
What is a Virtual Assistant? ďA Virtual Assistant (VA) is an independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative and/or technical services. Utilizing advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in his/her area of expertise from his/her own office on a contractual basis." International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA)
This is one of the fastest-growing areas in work at home, as the start-up costs of providing Virtual Assistant Secretarial Services is minimal, while the potential profits can be very good. If you posses some kind of certification of skills or formal training, your service can charge more.
Most VA's have experience in a multitude of office settings, doing a variety of secretarial duties like bookkeeping, desktop publishing, data entry, word processing, accounting, Internet research to name a few.
Virtual Assistants and Virtual Secretarial Services provide a wide range of services including:
Database development and maintenance
Web site development
Prepare reports, documents, spreadsheets, correspondence, letters, memos,
You may choose to provide a variety of secretarial services, or become specialized in one field, or even several closely related fields. It is vital to the success of your Virtual Assistant Service to be well-qualified to provide the services you choose.
The real estate, financial, legal, and accounting industries provide more work to Virtual Assistants than other industries, although projects exist from a variety of industries.
Companies who outsource their work, or a portion of their work to a Virtual Assistant save money by not having the overhead associated with the presence of the employee, insurance, vacation pay, retirement, nor the wear and tear on equipment.
You will need a complete home computer system, a high-speed Internet connection, a printer, fax capabilities, and email. You may need other equipment depending upon the project you are working on.
Marketing is essential to your Virtual Assistant Service, and your website can provide a real boost to your business. A Virtual Assistant Service Website could include information on topics such as:
A list of equipment a VA needs
Software and Reviews
Books and Reviews
Marketing VA Services
Benefits for Employers
Benefits for the VA
Online Tutorials, Courses, Classes, Workshops
Offer your Virtual Assistant Services
You can create additional streams of income from your website by selling advertising space, and joining related affiliate programs that will compliment the theme of your website. To begin, simply register for a free account, choose the products, services, or companies that are relevant to your website's theme, or might be useful to your visitors, and you can then
sell advertising space and generate income from your website.