What was once looked at as a side project for adult women or where young teens posted their personal thoughts is now a viable career for virtual administrators wanting to create content online by blogging as a virtual career.
Blogging is very versatile, especially now that many companies have realized that content is key and not even just the content itself, but the continued creation of new content to keep the website up-to-date and fresh with new material.
This changing of the tides for blogging has really opened the doors to many virtuals with a skillset in writing crisp and clear copy and has a lucrative pool of potential clients looking to begin and maintain a blog.
Below are reasons why positioning yourself as a virtual blogger can be a very great career choice and also some considerations:
Social media has become a standard means of communication and connection in our everyday lives. It allows us to connect, build communities and band together for just about everything. This proved to be exceptionally true during Hurricane Harvey. This catastrophic storm decimated the Texas gulf coast from Corpus Christi to the Texas/Louisiana border. Houston became one of the hardest hit areas when the city and its surrounding areas were flooded with rainfall amounts ranging from twenty to fifty inches in just a few days, turning this city into an underwater nightmare. People were forced to evacuate their homes and be taken to safety in boats and helicopters. After the storm finally moved out and left a wake of destruction behind, and the cleanup had to begin. Homes were destroyed, lives were ruined and in some horrible situations – lost. But, in the midst of this, people from Houston as well as from all over the United States showed the spirit of compassion.
Join Lindsey as she speaks to American Business Women’s Association, South East Express Network, this Thursday in Pearland Texas. She will be discussing how small businesses can benefit from using Hootsuite social media tool.
We hope you can join her. Please register at www.seenabwa.org
Taking on a virtual assistant, especially if you have never done so before, is going to be a new territory to work around. If you have already dealt with virtuals, you will just need to get to know this new virtuals capability and work together on delegation, but if you have never dealt with an out-of-office worker, then you will also need to adjust on how to properly delegate tasks to virtual assistants.
While it may seem daunting to keep track of someone who is not right in front of you, there are different means to keep virtual assistants delegated properly so they know how to do tasks, when to do tasks, where to send them, and why it should be done a certain way.
Here are a few examples of how clients can properly delegate tasks to their virtuals and why this is an important part of a successful virtual assistant and client relationship.
One of the biggest draws of virtual assisting is the ability to work from wherever you would like. While many immediately think of the day to day idea of working remotely, there is also the situational events such as taking a vacation as a virtual assistant that may be a new experience for virtual administrators.
Virtual assisting and vacations have been a major discussion as more people jump into the realm of virtual administration as a job. Now you no longer are bound to a 9-5 job and have to wait to request vacation days to go elsewhere in the world.
On the flip side, how do you approach going on vacation as a virtual assistant and what considerations should be made? There are many different ways to look at vacations as a virtual but here is a look at the arguments of working vs. shutting down while on vacation and how both should be approached.
Some people go into virtual assisting for a full-time career, leaving behind an office job or just going straight into virtual work out of college. Others want to get into virtual administration but may not know how to navigate part-time virtual assisting.
Virtual assisting offers the great ability to work as much or as little as you need–as different clients have a different amount of work they need completing on a weekly and monthly basis.
Taking the time to research, network, and put yourself out there with your skillset as a virtual assistant is the main way to find work, but once you are out looking, you also have the availability to find work that fits your schedule and lifestyle needs.
Below are some virtual assisting positions that are great part-time opportunities for virtual administrators.
Our Virtual Assistant Spotlight Series focuses on members of Meadows Resources Virtual Assistant Team and how they came to decide a career in virtual administration was the best fit for them. Below we speak with Cindy Garcia:
When did you decide you wanted to be a virtual assistant and what made you consider the change?
I worked half from an office and half from home prior to working fully virtual so I was getting a taste of what it was like to be virtual but wasn’t 100% virtual yet. In 2011, we moved due to my husband’s promotion. Now having moved we were alone with the kids and needed something so that we were able to be with the kids, so I decided to go into virtual assisting to be able to spend more time with my family.
Virtual work has become a movement across the boards. Although the term originated in the early 1990’s, it has now evolved into something much bigger. There are virtual workers in almost any sector working for administrative purposes, accounting, social media and marketing, and many other niches.
Companies that both have been a part of the virtual career world are no longer the only companies employing virtuals and now many in-office type positions are allocating some of their work to virtuals as well.
While virtual work has become almost a buzzword, there is still a question about what is a virtual assistant or what components make up what a virtual assistant position actually entails. We wanted to clear this up so here is what a virtual assistant is and what virtual administration in any form entails.
We live in a technological world which means we have a lot of tools, both online and offline, available for us to make life easier.
As a virtual assistant, you will be wearing many hats depending on what the company you work for needs you to do. You may do administrative work, bookkeeping, scheduling or social media. This seems like a lot and keeping organized may be difficult, but that is why knowing the right virtual tools for success can make a huge difference in what your life and your desk look like.
Meadows VA School came up with a list of the top virtual tools for virtual assisting success. Below we discuss the major ones that may be helpful to your virtual administration career.
Google Drive is the major platform when it comes to sharing files these days and for good reason. You can create documents, excel sheets and power point all within the drive and share and collaborate with ease.
Most times, you will be working alongside your company to create, edit and finalize ideas and other forms of work. Being able to jump into a document, create it, send it and see others comments in one spot is so much easier than printing, emailing and waiting for a response. It also allows you to be a part of the project from start to finish.