Virtual Industry

It may come as a surprise that being on Facebook as a professional is not always a bad thing. Yes, you have heard horror stories about the employees who posted less than flattering statuses and photos of themselves and ultimately got fired over it. That is a topic for another day, though.

Facebook, for virtuals and clients, can be a great way to disseminate positions, job inquiries, and a place to ask questions and voice concerns. With the availability of Facebook groups specific to virtual assistants and clients, as well as Facebook, being a great place to create a professional profile of yourself that is a little more relaxed than a Linkedin profile, with a great ability to connect with like-minded virtual assistants and the clients who want to hire them.

Here are some reasons why being on Facebook may not be a bad idea for virtuals and clients:

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In recent years there has been an uptick or greater acceptance of virtual remote workers in the workforce and virtual assistant trends have shown there to be an uptick in the industry.

Companies are realizing the cost-cutting benefits of virtual assistants being delegated work while not necessarily working in-office with them, saving overhead costs of typical in-office employee costs (desks, computers, supplies, etc). They also offer the benefit of companies being able to complete twice as much work–now having virtual assistants being able to take on the work that is not able to get done by those in-office.

2017 has so far been a big year in the virtual world, with artificial intelligence such as Alexa coming to the forefront, but luckily, there is simply no replacing human virtual assistants, as they can offer. Below are some new predicted trends coming to the virtual assistant workforce in 2017.

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Only in the last few years has the virtual administration field taken off into the public sphere. While virtual assistants have been around much longer, they were used scarcely and at the discretion of the company.

Now, it seems more companies are realizing the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant and see where the field is going, what can be done with the use of virtual assistants, and the cost-saving perks of having a virtual assistant.

The opportunities have become far more abundant for careers in virtual administration and simply the change in perception from just being a job sitting at home in your PJ’s to a respected industry have carved the way for individuals to thrive in the position.

Beyond just public perception, there are many reasons why the industry is growing and below are just a few.

Accessibility of training

There has always been the ability to train to be a virtual assistant, but most training is simply done through the company outsourcing the position. Now, individuals are able to be trained in all aspects of the field and already come well-equipped to perform the duties of a virtual assistant with extensive training and experience.

Meadows VA School offers training for those looking to properly jump into a virtual administration career.

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For stay-at-home moms, professionals looking for a more flexible schedule, or someone just looking to make a bit of extra money, the idea of work-at-home job is appealing on many levels. There are many home business ideas out there, but most are based on sales. They require not only selling and marketing a product, but the purchase of the product before you can even sell it. Many of us are not natural salesmen and marketers, let alone versed in the economic planning needed to purchase and then turn profit on a product with regular efficiency. These skills can be learned, but if you don’t find them as a natural fit, then the chances of sticking with it sharply decrease. You have to believe in the product you’re selling and marketing, which is much different than merely liking it. Believing in a product requires an understanding of the philosophy behind it, the culture of who’s producing it, the target audience, and the process of how it is made. Luckily, the revolution of virtual administration gives you a product that you do believe in, yourself. You know exactly the amount of effort you’ve put into the acquisition of your skill-set, what you’re about, and what you have to offer.

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