A Virtual Assistant typically will perform services for independent professionals, sole proprietors, and home or small businesses that do not need or have a budget for a full-time secretary.
A VA's services can be very specialized, or they can offer a broad range of administrative services which can include:
Equipment needs obviously include a computer system, Internet access, email, fax, printer, phone, and possibly other items depending upon what services you plan on offering.
You will be communicating with your clients via phone, fax, email, or instant messaging.
Completing a Certification Program can allow you to charge more for your services. The skills that you are really proficient at doing will determine what areas of service you should provide. Your skills can also be strengthened taking courses, workshops, and even using online tutorials.
A few basic skills for the Virtual Assistant:
Excellent typing skills
Proficiency with Internet and Internet Applications
Excellent with computers
Word processing and spreadsheet applications
Business management skills
Nearly all marketing for a Virtual Assistant Service is done online. For this reason, you should build a website for your Virtual Assistant Service, with at least a webpage that contains a minimum of your business profile, and contact information.