virtual work

Every job has tasks and as a virtual assistant, or client, you need to be on top of your tasks. Whether it is your job to run the tasks for the client or delegate the tasks to the virtual assistant, there needs to control over your task work.

Control does not just mean being strict about completing the work, it also means staying organized, finding your own way of doing things that are intuitive while still being accurate, and making use of technology to keep you on task.

Below are some suggestions on how to take control of your tasks and succeed as a virtual assistant or client:

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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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Okay, so you really feel like you can make a go of it as a virtual assistant. You like the idea of working at home because you may be a mother, retiree, or simply looking to leave your office job in search of a bit more freedom.

Luckily, virtual assistant positions offer the freedom to work from your home, a coffee shop, or wherever you can find high-speed internet, a place to sit and work and the ability to take calls in peace.

Now, here is the caveat to it all, you may or may not be best suited for this position after all–even if you want to take part in being a person virtual assistant. This does not mean you will never succeed in the position, you just may have to try a bit harder than others to be able to fulfill all the administrative duties and needs of a virtual assistant.

Below are some of the most successful personality traits that tend to succeed in the business of a virtual assistant position.

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Becoming a virtual assistant is a smart move for someone looking to find a rewarding career helping other companies by offering your administrative skills virtually.

What may have been viewed as a job for stay-at-home moms or retirees has now come into the spotlight as being a great career for those young and old, with children or without and can bring just as much respect and happiness from a career as an in-office worker.

Now, the decision to change should not be a light one and should not just be because you want to work from home and you think it’ll be simple work. Just because you are not in office does not mean as a virtual administrator that you will not work hard and have deadlines. You will also not just be sitting around all day as your clients WILL need you.

Below are some tips to ensure your career starts off on the right foot as a virtual assistant.

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Being a virtual assistant means having to work on your own. You will, of course, be given training, direction and help with all tasks, but in terms of your location of work–it will be a home office or area with an internet connection.

With that being said, you will not be in a position where you will be given a desk and have the obligation to keep it clean. Furthermore, you will not have a supervisor around to ensure your work area and computer are kept organized either.

To some, this may seem intimidating and if you are not an organized person it may not come easily to you. Luckily, there are ways to ensure your physical desk and computer (both online and offline) are kept neat and professional for the work you will be handed by your employer.

Google Drive

Google Drive has been a very great asset to both in-office employees, but even more so to virtual assistants. Now, you can easily share documents, make group edits, comment and critique projects and collaborate without all being in the same place. Also, you are able to categorize files, upload, download and keep everything in one location so you are not constantly looking through folders on and offline to find a document or file you need.

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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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Please join me at the KNOW Seminar on March 9th, 2017 at 8:30 AM in League City Texas. We will be discussing virtual as an industry and how it is effecting the current job and labor markets. Please RSVP to jane@leaguecitychamber.com I hope to see you then!

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