Top 5 Qualities of a Successful Virtual Assistant
One of the most popular work-from-home jobs is virtual assistance. A Virtual Assistant or a VA is someone who provides administrative, technical or creative support to clients remotely. One can be a VA to a business or client from any industry. Coaches, speakers and even authors have been known to hire personal virtual assistants too.
Typical tasks of a Virtual Assistant may vary depending on the industry or business. This includes taking calls, chat or email management for customer support. Others are assigned to do research and data entry. Some VAs are tasked to handle social media management, email marketing, and relationship building while others become VAs for real estate and e-commerce businesses.
Some engagements are long-term and full time while others hire VAs on a short-term, fixed project or part-time basis. In a nutshell, Virtual Assistance is a very diverse service, has a lot of scope and variables. Thus, this job is not easy and may not be for everyone.
Here are the Top 5 Qualities of a Successful Virtual Assistant:
- Reliable – One of the most important traits of a successful VA is being reliable. Clients hire their VAs because they no longer have the time to complete or do the tasks. They need someone whom they can rely on to finish the tasks or project even without close supervision. A successful VA is someone that they can trust to go online on schedule or submit a project on time. After all, one cannot do anything (since everything is done remotely) in case the VA decides to just disappear and not show up.
- Independent – Without the regular corporate set-up and co-workers, a successful VA must know how to become independent and complete tasks on his/ her own. Most of the time, you really do not have someone whom you can ask questions or assistance.
- Self- Motivated – Working at home has a lot of its perks. This includes that you can stay in your bedroom while working or have access to TV and other comforts of the home. In reality, this gives individuals more reasons to slack off or be lazy. Thus, successful VAs need to be self-motivated to work efficiently and to be punctual.
- Resourceful – Given that virtual assistance is very diverse, a successful VA must learn to become resourceful. Tasks may vary from time to time and some of the tasks may not be even part of one’s expertise. With the advancements in digital technology, everything can be found online. Consider search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing as your best friends. Also, there are a lot of user- friendly tool tools and applications that one can use to work more efficiently.
- Solution-Oriented – Successful VAs become the solution to their client’s problem. Be someone who is an asset to the business and not a liability. Most clients do not really look at the number of hours spent by the VA working. Instead, they look at the results and output of their assistants to check if concerns and tasks are completed. It is never about the quantity but most of the time, it is the quality of work that is important.
Aside from all of these qualities, it is also very important for virtual assistants to love his client’s business just like his own. It is the key to your success and happiness in this chosen career. So, are you ready to become a Virtual Assistant?
About the author
Clarice is a Virtual Assistant, Start-up Entrepreneur, Career Coach, and Animal Welfare Advocate. She currently writes about events, working from home, pets and other lifestyle tips. Follow Clarice on her blog, www.mymetrolifestyle.online.