The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Virtual Assistants

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Virtual Assistants

The life of someone working in the virtual assistant services industry involves being able to work from home on your own schedule, however sans the big bucks, it’s not always fun and games. Mastering the art of being a VA requires your time and patience plus a lot of hard work. Assuming that you are familiar with the basics of VA work and have the resources, here are some things you need to consider if you want to succeed in this gig.

Master the basics first

Before you start setting sail towards being part of virtual assistant services, you need possess all the basic skills needed for you to function.

Here are some skills that you should have:

  • At ease with Mac or Microsoft
  • Able to type 45 words per minute
  • Familiar with the internet and emailing
  • Know something about social media and a bit of search engine marketing
  • Know how to manage time and resources
  • Know how to make newsletter
  • Have the right tools for the job

Manage your schedule wisely

It doesn’t matter if you choose to work locally or remotely, things will not end good if you don’t know the value of having a fixed schedule. Though this job gives you flexibility, it’s not wise to just work anytime you just feel like doing it.

Build a habit of doing your tasks at the same time of the day (or night), every day. It may not be a tight 9 to 5 schedule, what’s important is that you are productive during your set time.

Build your own work space of home office

Visualize how Google Campus looks like. This is how your home office should ideally look like.

Your home office should provide you with the right vibes to make you want to work productively. That is why you should put out some effort in building your home office.

Strategize and have a battle plan

Having a plan is nice, but it would be a whole lot better if you also have a plan B. For every plan that you make, you should have an alternative strategy in case Murphy’s Law happens. Sometimes things go the wrong way so you should have something to solve it if things don’t go as expected.

Be an expert on something

Virtual assistant work covers a huge playing field these days. Anything and everything may be a part of your tasks as a VA. Though you may handle anything, it will always be good if you have something that you specialize on.

When was the last moment your clients were so happy with your work that they can’t stop complimenting you for a job well done? For your clients to do this, you must give them service that’s highly exceptional. So it’s always good thing to go out of your way to help them from time to time

Don’t always do things for the sake of earning cash and have some heart for the things you do. People will always remember you for the service you deliver not the amount on the paycheck.

Put importance on the value of time

Time is the most precious thing we can have in our life. Since it is important for you as well as your client, don’t waste it.

Be prompt on delivering what you have promised. Deliver your output on time or before the deadline. In case you miss deadlines, do make sure that you formally explain the situation at hand. Remember that emails should be responded to within a business day and not two.


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