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Virtual Assistant Skills

A virtual assistant’s goal is to form a partnership with a business or entrepreneur and assistant them in running and building that business. This means they need to have experience with a variety of software packages, excellent writing, proofreading and grammar skills, as well as an understanding of business procedures. Many virtual assistants also have expertise in bookkeeping, Internet, graphics or web design, and marketing.

You don’t need to have experience in every aspect of their business, you do need to have a variety of skills or some specialized skills that businesses are looking to outsource and willing to pay for.

Learn more about the qualifications of virtual assistants…

Top 3 Virtual Assistant Opportunities

Top 3 Virtual Assistant Opportunities

One of the great things about becoming a Virtual Assistant is you get to choose what services you want to specialize in and what type of clients you prefer to work with. You can specialize in anything you do well and can find clients to pay you to do for them. There are many possibilities today, but sometimes in can be hard to focus.

Should you specialize?

I think it’s a good idea because focusing your business on fewer specialty services will generally allow you to charge more and avoid running yourself ragged trying to be everything to all of your clients. If you are not sure where to start, here are 3 suggestions for popular services that are profitable, indemand and growing.

Social Marketing Specialist

Social media has boomed in recent years and is fast becoming one of the most effective ways for small businesses to marketing their products and services online. The challenge is most business owners and other entrepreneurs don’t have the time, skill or knowledge to keep up with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or YouTube. Even if they get these setup, they often do it ineffectively and neglect to maintain these accounts. This is a great niche for VAs who enjoy this type of work.

Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant

Marketing businesses online is fast becoming a popular specialty. If you have an interest in internet marketing, this would definitely be a good specialty for you and you should have no problem finding plenty of clients. Most businesses today have a website but few business owners know how to effectively market their business online.

If you have a web site, you may already know quite a bit about blogging, social marketing and search engine optimization. With more and more websites being created every day, bringing traffic to your site is more challenging than in previous years.
With technology changing constantly, few business owners have the time or inclination to figure it all out and would love to outsource this task.

Blog/Website Management

Most blog or website management is pretty straight forward. The problem is that it can be time consuming. Often a business owner just doesn’t have the time they need to manage their blog or website. This is where your skills can be a valuable service. Membership websites and forums both require a good deal of time. If you’re social, enjoy communicating with others and have the skills to manage a website consider this type of VA opportunity.

To find a blog or website management position consider participating on marketing forums. There you’ll find a number of internet marketers who may need your services. Again networking pays off. You can also search freelance job boards and virtual administration job boards specifically. When you’re searching make sure to check out the “technical” job postings. Many people place website management positions under the technical category.

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Why Choose a Virtual Assistant Niche?

Choose Virtual Assistant Niche

Many Virtual Assistants work as generalist and offer a wide variety of services, however there are many advantages to focusing your business on one or more specialized services.

The virtual assistants who learn specific specialty skills that are highly sought after today will build a more profitable business.

Learn more about how to choose your Virtual Assistant Niche…

 

Virtual Assistant Qualifications

Virtual Assistant Qualifications

A virtual assistant’s goal is to form a partnership with a business or entrepreneur and assistant them in running and building that business. This means they need to have experience with a variety of software packages, excellent writing, proofreading and grammar skills, as well as an understanding of business procedures. Many virtual assistants also have expertise in bookkeeping, Internet, graphics or web design, and marketing.

Now is a good time to think about becoming a Virtual Assistant as more businesses are looking to outsource many administrative functions rather than hire more full-time employees.

Learn more about the qualifications for Virtual Assistants…

Social Media Marketing Niche

Social Media Marketing is a Hot Niche For Virtual Assistants!

It is always exciting to uncover hot and profitable new niches for your Virtual Business. While there are a variety of virtual services you can offer your clients, Social Media Marketing continues to be very in-demand” service and this particular niche will continue to grow as more and more people are using Twitter and Facebook websites to find services and connect with people.

Not only can you use your expert knowledge of social media to promote your own virtual assistant business, you can help build your client’s business with social websites as well.

Small business owners are confused and scared of social media and many don’t have a clue where to begin. This is where a social media expert can save the day.

Along with the many services you can provide as virtual assistant and partner to your business clients, you can help them find clients and grow there business with social media.

Not an expert in social media? No problem! Don’t let that stop you because you can easily learn these skills and earn official certification as well.

Learn more…

Virtual Assistant Website Designer

Virtual Assistant Website Designer

Have you considered becoming a virtual assistant website designer? If you are looking for a service specialty to focus your business on, or to have another service to offer businesses, a website designer may be something you should consider.

Every business needs a website…even if it is a small, simple website. It doesn’t have to be fancy, expensive or difficult to build. Today there are technologies that make it easier than ever to create websites for business clients.

Learn more about becoming a virtual assistant website designer…


Best Virtual Assistant Services

Best Virtual Assistant Services

What are the best virtual assistant services to offer today?

When deciding what services to offer, you need to take a look at your skills and experience. Do you have a specialized skill you could focus your business around? Alsoconsider what type of work you enjoy most and what types of clients would you like to work with.

There are some trends today that are in-demand and much needed today but businesses seeking to outsource.

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Need Special Virtual Assistant Training

Do You Need Special Virtual Assistant Training or Certification To Be Successful?

There is a tremendous demand now for Virtual Assistants. They offer a variety of help to entrepreneurs and businesses around the world. It’s a growing industry and an excellent home business opportunity. If you happen to be considering becoming a virtual assistant, you will discover being self-employed offers a range of rewards.

One advantage to starting a Virtual Assistant business is the low start-up costs. However, many wonder if virtual assistant training programs are worthwhile and affordable. Training can actually be quite cost effective if you learn a new skill that is in-demand and can command a high fee. Generally the more trained and specialized you are, the higher rates you can charge your clients.

There are a wide range of training options for you to consider. I would not recommend getting any Virtual Assistant Certification just for the sake of being certified, but if there are any skills you are lacking or you want to expand your service offerings, a good virtual assistant training program designed specifically for VAs is worth the time and financial investment.

The key benefits of Virtual Assistant Certification and Training are …

Help distinguish you from your competition. Some prospective clients could possibly select your business over your competition because you have certification. You can use your certification as a marketing tool.

Enable you to build a prosperous home business. A number of virtual assistant training systems cover the skills and services clients want to outsource. You’ll also discover ways to sell and expand your VA business. Your official certifications and training can also help help command greater fees.

Broadens your skills and practical knowledge. You may have some valuable skills and experience already, and of course, you should utilize these skills to develop your Virtual assistant home business. A training course should help you add more expertise and knowledge to your portfolio of services. Several training programs present technical skills as well as particular training intended for virtual assistants. You’ll be able to offer more.

Self-confidence enhancer. When you pass your certification examination you will feel more prepared to start your business. Self-confidence does matter when dealing with customers. When you’re confident in your abilities, your clients will be as well.

Networking. Some training packages offer a chance to connect with other VAs. This is often extremely helpful. It’s good to be able to connect with other people who are dealing with similar situations.

Choosing a Good Training Program for Virtual Assistants

Because VAs are very popular now, there are a number of programs to choose from. Be sure the VA training program you decide on:

* Will fit your budget.
* Supplies the training and information you’d like or need to master.
* Is well reviewed by other virtual assistants.

Do you need to become certified to build a thriving VA home business? No, certainly not. VAs worldwide make a good living without having certification. Will training and/or certifications make it easier to become successful? It might. My business didn’t take off until I finished several VA training courses and expanded my services.  It’s worth checking out.  Here is my recommended resource for virtual assistant training
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