How to Be a Virtual Assistant Even You Don’t Know About Computer Stuff

How To Be A Virtual AssistantAre you tired of commuting going to work?

But you still have to. As if you don’t have a choice. Isn’t it painful to force yourself to go to work you don’t like?

Ouch!

Because you’re afraid of your bills. You’re afraid of your debts. Or even afraid of your spouse (If you have one like me).

And some even afraid of their pets. They’ll die if they could no longer provide some dog food. Okay, I’m exaggerating.

Are you looking for some good solutions to earn better than what you currently have?

Or you’re looking for the best solution (Especially for mothers) to take good care of your children while earning a good income at home?

Or simply you’re looking for options to just work at home. Because you hate traffic aside that you hate your boss!

The good news is…you really have an option, a really GOOD OPTION.

And that solution is to become a Virtual Assistant.

Oopps… If you’re currently working, you don’t need to leave your job right away. Just keep your job while you work as a virtual assistant on the sideline part-time. Then slowly transition yourself into full-time. That’s what I did.

Another oops, If you’re worried about that you don’t know about computer stuff, no worries, you can start with the basics. And then learn more as you go.

What is a Virtual Assistant by the way?

Wikipedia says, a virtual assistant is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.

That means you’re working at home and your client is away (Majority outside of the country). And you provide assistance to them.

You’re like a real assistant in the offline world. The difference, you’re just away. Far far away.

The jobs sometimes can be very specific to the skills they demand. Often, it’s more of a general task.

The question is, how to be a virtual assistant?

Okay, I got you. Let’s dive in.

How to Be a Virtual Assistant Even You Don’t Know About Computer Stuff

1. Commit to BE a Virtual Assistant

This is common sense but not so common at all. I’ve been telling myself years ago to become a virtual assistant. But that only happened this year.

Many of us will decide to become a virtual assistant. But only a few take actions to become one.

Once you commit yourself, you will do whatever it takes to learn how to become a virtual assistant. That’s what I did. Even I don’t have any money to buy a laptop. I borrowed money from someone else just to get one.

The laptop I’m using now? Still not paid. But it’s going to be paid soon through my virtual career income.

2. Believe You Can

I doubted myself if I could really do it. I’m not tech-savvy. But here I am now trying to make a living out of it. While working on a passive income on the sideline.

A few months ago, I work in a company while working as a virtual assistant on a part-time basis.

Believe you can do it too. All you need is to learn the basics of using some online applications. For example, Google Calendar, Google Sheet, Google Docs etc.

If these things sound technical to you. Don’t be, they’re just basics.

Get to know them. Use Google to study them one by one. I’ll tell you. They’re not as complicated as you think they are.

You don’t even need a formal training. It’s only optional.

Like me, I didn’t have formal training. I took the patience to research online.

3. Invest in technology

Before you become a virtual assistant, you need a good computer to use, an internet, and a headset to communicate with your clients.

You cannot be “virtual” if you don’t have the basic technical requirements and become a virtual assistant.

Invest in technology.

Again if you’re really committed, you will find ways where to get the money to invest in technology. Get those things first.

4. Learn the Basics of Office Online Work

I mentioned this earlier. A typical office work with a computer uses basic technology application: Microsoft Office.

Under this application are Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and other applications embedded into it. You use it to accomplish your daily task at work.

In the same way being a virtual assistant. You’re also doing an office work (Admin task). However, the difference is, you will be using some “cloud” products most of the time. Now, that something sound technical to you.

A cloud is literally over the sky. Alright, that’s obvious.

Seriously, the cloud in technical terms is accessing a certain application (Google Word, Google Sheet, etc.) through a network connection. It means, using the internet.

Essentially, you need an internet to access these basic applications to do your function as a virtual assistant.

And of course, to communicate with your client virtually using Skype, Viber, Email, and any other mode of communication preferred by your client.

If you have zero knowledge about computers or online stuff, again — start with the basics.

5. Learn to Use Some Cloud Products Before You Start

Let me expand further what I explained earlier.

If you’re completely a computer dumb, the things I’m going to talk about will sound alien to you now.

Again, you have to know these things before you even start. It’s the basic stuff.

You will use these applications constantly with your client. Though sometimes, it also depends on your client. Some preferred different applications. Not all clients are created equal.

Overall, you can’t get away with the basic ones.

The List

I’m going to provide you with the basic applications I use online with my clients. But this is not an exhaustive list, just the most popular I use for my virtual clients.

Google Docs, Google Sheet, Google Slide, Skype, Gmail, Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Calendar, Office365 (Online version of Microsoft Office).

These cloud applications can be learned easily: through online research or through Youtube tutorials.

It’s not necessary to learn all those things at once. Some clients will give you time to learn a certain application they suggest you use.

But it will be to your advantage if you already have some background to these applications.

I suggest: get to know Google products and Skype first. Then proceed to other stuff.

6. Learn Basic Communication Skills

You must have basic communication skills: oral and written. Time to time, you will be updating your clients about your work via email, chat, and phone calls (Not all the time).

You don’t need to sound like a native English speaker. All you need is to be able to explain yourself well.

So that it will be easier to communicate with your clients and satisfy them. Sometimes, they ask your suggestions or opinions about work, life, or anything.

This will be plus.

Being able to communicate well, will help you build rapport fast with your client/s. And this will help you get a steady income.

It’s time to learn these skills. If you’re really serious to become a virtual assistant.

(Only you think you don’t possess this type of skill set yet.)

7. Apply Online

With all these things I’m talking about is nothing if you don’t apply online. It’s time to apply for a virtual job. There’s a lot of websites who are looking for virtual assistants.

Some websites preferred to hire a US-based virtual assistant.

But… there are websites too that REALLY hire mostly Filipino virtual assistants. They said we are rockstars!

Below are the most popular websites in the Philippines and the most credible ones to apply online. Down here, one of the websites I found my two clients today.

Upwork.com
Onlinejobs.ph
Outsourcely.com
Peopleperhour.com

Apply a lot online. Play the numbers game. Persevere until you get your first client.

Final Thoughts

Being a virtual assistant is one of the good things that happen to me this year. But still, it has its pros and cons.

In my next post, that’s what I’m going to talk about if this is really right for you or not.

See you again to my next post to cover the pros and cons.

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