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A virtual assistant is someone who offers a range of administrative services to businesses from a remote location. This can include answering phones, organizing meetings and managing events. Many virtual assistants also provide digital support, for example, website and social media management. Virtual assistants tend to be self-employed.
To be a good virtual assistant, you should:
Virtual assistants are in demand by entrepreneurs and small businesses. This is because they need administrative help, but don't want to bring on additional staff in their offices. People who do a lot of traveling and require others to catch their calls and emails may have a high need for virtual assistants.
Perhaps the main attraction of becoming a virtual assistant is they can work anywhere they have an internet connection. Whether this is in a spare bedroom in a city or the Highlands of Scotland, so long as they can be contacted, virtual assistants are free to work anywhere suitable. A quiet environment is best for those answering phone calls, and access to the internet. Ideally, a broadband connection is best.
As virtual assistants are usually self-employed, they must promote themselves online and in person. This could be at business networking events in their area. There are also freelance websites to register administrative services on, as well as virtual assistant agencies who can offer occasional or seasonal work.