Virtual Assistant Qualifications: What Do I Need?
Virtual Assistant Qualifications
What qualifications do you need to become a Virtual Assistant?
Most virtual assistants have at least 5 years of high level administrative experience, and many have more. While there are not actual requirements or certifications necessary, there are some things to consider.
What virtual assistant niche would you like to pursue? Small businesses, real estate agents, doctors, movitavational speakers? There are many different specialties you can pursue and it’s important to go after a target market that you will actually enjoy working with. Don’t worry, there is enough work at there, so just pursue a market you are interested in.
Once you have identified your target market, think about what experience and training you already have and what types of services you enjoy. You don’t have to be an expert in everything; in fact, it’s best to specialize in a few services your target market really needs. If you love writing, focus on that. Learn copywriting, create brochures and sales letters or whatever your clients need. If you love math, focus on bookkeeping.
Today many small business owners need help marketing their businesses online. They would love an expert in social media, website creation and maintanence and online marketing.
If you have identified a market and a service you think you would really enjoy but don’t feel you have the skill level necessary to offer this service as an independent contractor, consider training. My favorite resources for extensive training and certification programs is the VA Classroom. I have taken many of their courses and have never been disappointed.
If you have some experience and skills that business owners are looking for, you have the qualifications to become a virtual assistant.