As many of you already know, I work from anywhere–not just from home! It’s an amazing set up for me because my husband’s work requires him to move from one town/city to another. Since my work can be done from anywhere, it’s easy for us to move around with him. Or, if we can’t, I can always adjust my work schedule so we can visit him frequently.
Anyway. I just realized that I never really talked about what I do.
That’s what I want to talk about today. I am an Online Business Manager and Virtual Assistant offering business support to women entrepreneurs and bloggers. I basically help women in business get their stuff together so they can be more productive in their business and, as a result, grow their business.
For this post, however, I want to answer the question: “What is a virtual assistant?” I’ve been getting this question from a lot of people. Some are interested to become one, others are curious as to how the whole industry works. I understand the curiosity because we’re used to the idea that work = office.
Shall we start?
What are the duties and responsibilities of a virtual assistant?
So, what is a virtual assistant? A Virtual Assistant (VA) is someone who provides business support to individuals and companies from a remote location. Traditionally, employees report to an office to work. Virtual Assistants, on the other hand, are independent contractors who work from anywhere (thanks to technology).
There are a lot of branches in the Virtual Assistance industry, such as:
- Administrative Support
- Social Media Management
- Graphics Design
- Web Development
- E-mail Management
- Customer Support
- and so much more!
The main responsibility of a virtual assistant is basically to stay on top of things. Businesses rely on virtual assistants to make sure everything is up and running and updated in the business. Should there be any issues in your department, you need to be able to decide and act quickly. This is why it’s important to be detail-oriented, organized, and a problem-solver if you decide to be a virtual assistant. Of course, you also need to know what you’re doing—especially if you’re specializing in a certain field.
Do you want to be a virtual assistant?
The online freelancing world has been wonderful to me. To celebrate my tenth year, I decided to pay it forward by creating a community for moms who want to be a virtual assistant. To top that off, I also collaborated with Geline of Freelancer WAHM so we can better provide support for our members.