What Is A Virtual Assistant and What Services Does He/She Offer?

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What Is A Virtual Assistant and What Services Does He/She Offer?

I am sure you have heard the phrase "Online Jobs". But let me ask, have you heard the phrase "Virtual Assistant" or simply "VA"? Let's talk more about it in detail on today's post.

The first time I heard the phrase, "Virtual Assistant", it kinda made me think that maybe it's a job similar to what admin secretaries do or some type of office-admin related jobs. Then, I found out that there is more into it than the term itself. Let us begin with the definition from Wikipedia.com. They define a "Virtual Assistant" as "Generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office."

a) Generally Self Employed

Virtual Assistants are generally self employed. They are not part of the company of the client they work with. No Benefits, No Paid Vacations, Nothing that a typical employed individuals receive. For that reason, a VA should think as a service provider or a businessman rendering his or her services for a fee, similar to a doctor, lawyer, mechanic, carpenter, etc.

b) Provides Administrative Assistance

For Administrative services, a VA can be the one who manages and coordinates the schedule of his or her client. Depending on your client, you may be the one to answer the email, contact certain individuals on behalf of the client and other stuff you can think of that has something to do with the administration side of the client's business. I guess this is where they got the notion that a VA is an office secretary or assistant. It's completely wrong and there is more into it than that.

c) Provides Technical Assistance

The technical assistance referred to are the tasks and jobs that have something to do with the technical side of your client's business. This could mean, setting up a website, installing files and programs, making sure that all aspects of the client's website and stuff related to it are all running smoothly.

When I entered the online jobs industry, this is where I landed. I do have some previous knowledge about website design, but that's 5 years ago so I'm not sure if it will be a good point of entry. But I guess what the clients are looking for are individuals who are willing to learn and I simply fit that mold when I started.

d) Provides Creative or Social Assistance

This simply refers to the creation of images, videos, graphics or simply be the one to manage the social media accounts of the client.

I am sure some of you may think that this job seems to be not for you because you don't have any of the skills mentioned above. Remember that this is just a general definition of what a VA is, but not necessarily limited to it.

The Term "Virtual Assistant" can be similar to the term "Doctor". In the field of Medicine, there are many specializations one can pursue. That goes the same in the field of Virtual Assistance.

Do you know that some online professionals are not comfortable being called "virtual assistant" because they are having a hard time explaining to others what it is that they do (I myself experienced that too). But through the years, I learned a better way of answering them, which I am now suggesting to my friends and to you. You may answer them this way "I am a Virtual Assistant specializing in ___________  and by the way, I do my work from home". Better and sexier isn't it? :)

What do you think? Are you comfortable being called a Virtual Assistant or you prefer to be called directly based on your skill set like, web site developer, writer, graphic artist etc? Tell me what you think. Leave a comment below. Dont forget to like, retweet and share this post. God bless!

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