Virtual assistants are some of the most highly-paid and sought-after remote workers out there. Often, this sort of gig also serves as a gateway to other freelancing jobs like accounting, programming, and content writing, among other things.
Wikipedia (hey, let’s not pretend it’s not our go-to source, yeah?) defines virtual assistants as individuals who are “generally self-employed and provide professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.” In a nutshell, they’re like personal or executive assistants, only they aren’t physically present.
Why would I hire an assistant who will never be around in person, you might ask?
For starters, virtual assistants take care of tasks that can be done REMOTELY, so their location is irrelevant to their productivity. Furthermore, they’re classified as freelancers, so they usually take care of their own tax deductions or health plans.
As a bonus, you can modify the sort of tasks you would require of a virtual assistant and thus only pay for those that you actually need, such as the following:
Bear in mind that the aforementioned tasks are only basic requirements for virtual assistants, and that many of the highly-experienced ones can provide specialized services, such as:
Lastly, when looking for a virtual assistant, it’s important to look for someone with good organizational and communication skills as well as a good grasp of digital tools such as the Internet, email, and prevailing messaging or project management applications.
Most importantly, your chosen VA should be a reliable self-starter who strives to deliver on what they have promised at the very least. Skills, after all, can be taught, so a go-getter attitude is much more valuable in the long run.