Virtual Assistant

Interested in exploring a career that allows you to earn an income that can support yourself and your family while being based at home? Virtual assistants are becoming increasingly popular among businesses large and small, since they can fulfill all the same important administrative functions that a normal administrative assistant would, but do so remotely. This means that the business does not have to find office space for them and that the business owner or manager is free to hire someone who is located anywhere in the U.K., as long as he or she is able to do the job. While every employer is unique, the basic functions of being a virtual assistant are very similar, so read on to learn more about what becoming a virtual assistant would mean for you.

Every Day Is Different For Virtual Assistants

Many small businesses like to use virtual assistants on an as needed or part time basis. This means that you can become an independent contractor who provides services like typing, scheduling appointments, research and proofreading for a number of different businesses.

As an independent contractor, you can enjoy a certain amount of freedom in being able to negotiate hours that work for you and your family with each of your clients. However, the more hours that you are available to your clients, the more likely you are to be retained as a virtual assistant by them. A business that is located abroad or has salesmen or offices located in other time zones may need a virtual assistant that can provide his or her services during unusual times. While they may not be traditional U.K. business hours, these evening or early morning hours may be better suited to your family’s schedule.

Discretion Is Not Optional

Even though you are spending your working days at home your employer or clients will still expect the same level of professionalism and confidentiality that you would be required to provide in a traditional office setting. This means that you can expect to be asked to sign non-disclosure agreements promising to not share your clients’ confidential information. These types of binding legal agreements have become standard in the current business climate, especially among businesses in technology, pharmaceuticals or other areas that involve investing a great deal in proprietary information.

A Virtual Assistant May Never Be Seen But Is Always Professional

You also should strive to remain professional in your communications with your client, whether they are over the phone, via video-conference or e-mails, despite working from the comfort of home. A virtual assistant’s services are valued by a business for their consistency in execution and quality, which means that your employer or clients expect you to be able to consistently be professional, polite and, most importantly, competent.

Whether you are booking your boss’s last minute travel plans to New Zealand or calling for quotes to have a leaky roof repaired, you should be calm and discrete. Just as it would be frowned upon to complain about your boss if you worked in a traditional office, it also will come back to haunt you if you spend your free time complaining or otherwise decrying your boss or clients online or to your friends and family. Whenever you are tempted, just imagine that he or she is standing over your shoulder, and bite back your remark, lest it snowball into something that ruins your reputation as a professional.

Virtual Assistant Articles:

Vital Skills Every Virtual Assistant Needs

by WorkFromHomeJobs on February 4th, 2012

Virtual assistants are quickly rising to the top of the home based business industry. With an anticipated growth rate of 20% or more over the next five years, virtual assisting is growing at a pace that outranks any other profession on or offline. To be a successful virtual assistant you must possess the following 10 […]

Types of Services That You Can Offer As A Virtual Assistant

by WorkFromHomeJobs on December 22nd, 2011

Virtual assistants are in high demand, and the need for specialised virtual assistants is growing. Businesses around the globe are discovering that virtual assistants are cost beneficial for their companies and the need for their services increases daily. A recent survey conducted by an American university shows that within the next decade virtual assistants will […]

Make Money Online as a Virtual Assistant From Home

by WorkFromHomeJobs on November 17th, 2011

Virtual assistants that work from home perform the same duties as a professional executive assistant, receptionist, office manager, and answering service professional. They often have a computer, fax machine, phone line, copier, scanner, and many up-to-date software programs including spreadsheets and word processors. They work for a variety of small and large businesses and act […]

How to Work from Home as a Virtual Assistant

by WorkFromHomeJobs on October 16th, 2011

Similar to a receptionist, administrative assistant, or office manager, a virtual assistant acts as the eyes, ears, and face of many small businesses. The major difference between a virtual assistant and other similar positions is that a VA is able to work a full day from the comforts of his or her own home or […]

Are You Super Organized? Become A Virtual Assistant (VA)

by WorkFromHomeJobs on July 18th, 2011

Virtual Assistant (VA) positions are a very lucrative way to earn money from home. VA’s are in high demand for professionals that are always on the move. However, to be a good VA you must be very organized. The professionals that you work for, many VA’s work for several at a time, will be totally […]

Become A Virtual Assistant With A Specialty

by WorkFromHomeJobs on May 30th, 2011

Many businesses need assistance with basic administrative tasks, such as writing job advertisements and other clerical tasks, however highly skilled professionals can often enjoy a much higher income by leveraging a specialized skill set as a virtual assistant. These areas range from accounting to search engine optimisation, website design and many other areas, all of […]

Get Your Virtual Assistant Business Off The Ground

by WorkFromHomeJobs on May 26th, 2011

Being a virtual assistant is a great way to combine the convenience of working from home with the independence that comes from owning your own business. Many small businesses, as well as start-up companies, need help from an administrative assistant, but cannot afford to hire one on a full time basis. Even if they could, […]