If you think you can't do the work that a virtual assistant does, think again.
Being a virtual assistant can mean doing a variety of different things. And I can almost guarantee that you are able to do at least a few things on this list.
Which makes you the perfect candidate!
Below is a list of ideas on virtual assistant work that you can do for pay. Whether you want to find your own clients via freelance job boards like Upwork or even Fiverr, or whether you start working for established virtual assistant companies like Zirtual, there's no doubt that you can get a job as a virtual assistant if that is something that you really want to do.
For an in-depth tutorial on how to start a business as a Virtual business, check out Gina Horkey's Virtual Assistant Course at http://horkeyhandbook.com/30-days-virtual-assistant-success
But if you want to get started right away, the best suggestion I can give is to start with people you may know and offer to take over just one little piece of work for them, for a reasonable fee.
Maybe it's just getting their email inbox under control or taking care of their correspondence for them.
Doing these types of things for business owners may not seem like a lot to you, but it may free up their time tremendously to do the things that only they can do, or the things that they want to do!
1. Email management
Speaking from personal experience, email management can be a big deal when you get more than 1,000 emails per day.
Try offering email management to a small business owner or blogger and you may be surprised to know that they'll be happy for the help.
Here are some of the areas that you can you help with:
Replying to common questions
Flagging important messages needing a reply
Following up on outgoing emails
Unsubscribing from unwanted promotional lists
Tagging and archiving emails
Forwarding messages and inquiries to other team members
Bloggers and business owners should be reaching out and building relationships across their industry but time may be a factor for them, this is where you can step in and help.
Leaving comments on other blogs
Contacting VIPs, potential partners and others on behalf of the client
Participating in relevant groups or forums
Reaching out to advertisers for ads or sponsored posts
Finding guest post opportunities
Setting up interviews
3. Admin support
Once they get busy enough, an administrative assistant is a MUST for small business owners.
Drafting letters, emails, etc.
Sending cards/gifts (for holidays, thank you’s, milestone events, etc.)
Setting up spreadsheets (Use Google Drive for free)
Managing client’s calendar/schedule
Booking appointments and calls
Making travel arrangements
Converting word documents to a PDF format
Handling customer inquiries
Inviting/approving requests to join a membership community (Facebook or forum moderator)
4. Produce content for Bloggers
Yet another thing that many bloggers know they should be doing is producing content, and LOTS of it.
They may enjoy producing content,
but not enjoy all the other little things that need to accompany that
content on their blog before it goes live to the world.
Sourcing photos ( Use Pexels.com for free photos)
Editing photos (Use Picmonkey or Canva for free).
Formatting posts to be published
Managing an editorial calendar
Topic idea generation
Compiling, formatting, and/or uploading ebooks
Create Youtube videos of their existing content
5. Social Media
This one's a biggie. Social Media affords a great way for businesses to get out their message and it's totally free!
So, why don't more business owners take advantage of this free and amazing promotional method?
Lack of time.
Seriously, this alone could be a full time job.
Promoting new posts across social media
Promoting old posts across social media
Creating unique updates
Replying to mentions/messages/comments on social media
Designing banners, headers and backgrounds
Setting up new pages, accounts, groups, etc.
Growing social media followings ( Use Tweepi)
Here's a great Udemy course on how to start your own Twitter marketing business. I took the course and I highly recommend it, click on the link below to see it:
So that's it!
You can do at least few things on this list, right?
The key is to not get overwhelmed by this list.
Pick 2 things you think you can do, draft a professional email letter and start e-mailing all the small business owners you know.
All it takes is 1-2 clients to get the ball rolling.
Once you've got a couple of clients, give them a
discount if they will send referral letters to other small business
owners you know. A referral letter is worth gold to you!
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