Just like any other remote job, you’ll need to have a dedicated home office in order to work as a virtual assistant. In addition to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, you’ll also need a printer, copier/scanner, and fax. Most likely, you will need a dedicated landline (or two) as well.
What exactly does a virtual assistant do every day? Virtual assistants perform duties that most of us perform every day. Here’s a look at some of the things that virtual assistants do for clients in an average day’s work.
Emails and Phone Calls
Busy entrepreneur clients don’t have time to read and respond to every email that comes through their inboxes or answer every phone call. Virtual assistants sort through all of the email messages and calls and categorize them as important–usually by flagging them; junk or messages that can be dealt with later.
Post on Social Media
Often a sign that business is good is the number of likes, followers and comments on your clients’ social media pages. As their virtual assistant, you can help them build their business and their brand by reaching hundreds or even thousands of customers and followers every day.
Manage Calendars and Meetings
For busy entrepreneurs, calendar management is a must. Skilled virtual assistants understand the importance of time management. Effective calendar management
can improve productivity, leaving more time to focus on a business’s core functions and offering flexibility in case of last-minute important meetings.
Conduct Market Research
Most successful business plans, ideas and projects begin with research. A good virtual assistant searches the internet and sifts through vast amounts of information to narrow down the most important, specific and applicable results.