Careers in Virtual Assisting
Benefits of Working as Virtual Specialist
Many new virtual specialists continue to work in their regular job while building their practices in one of the top ten emerging jobs of the decade. As a virtual specialist, you also:
- Work independently out of your own home
- Work the hours you want
- Choose your clients
- Take full charge of your workload
- Receive the tax benefits of a home-based business
- Set your own pay scale
- Choose your own equipment
- Transition from the corporate world
What will I do on the job?
Because virtual specialists can specialize in different business areas, the tasks associated with the job vary greatly. The workday for a typical virtual specialist might include:
- Scheduling conferences, seminars and meetings
- Designing and managing websites
- Organizational consulting and remote office management
- Maintaining backups of critical data offsite
- Designing printed materials
- Providing mail and voicemail services
- Providing transcription services
- Writing letters, reports, and routine correspondence
- Managing databases
- Organizing bulk mailings
- Creating PowerPoint presentations
Many VAs choose to be a generalist, as well, providing a multitude of services to their clients.
What skills will I use on the job?
Students who complete the virtual specialist certificate will create a business and marketing plan for a virtual home-based business using the following skills:
- Word processing
- Web design and content management
- Office management
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Effective communication
- Desktop publishing
- Graphic design
- Financial planning
- Equipment and supplies management
- Time management and planning principle
Who will hire me?
Individuals, businesses, and other organizations hire virtual specialists. Some of the industries that hire virtual specialists include real estate, coaching, financial services, accounting, and legal services. Clients may prefer to hire a virtual specialist if they do not have office space to support another staff member; they do not have the equipment necessary to do the tasks they need performed; or, they need help with a temporary project.
How much can I earn?
Salaries vary depending on the type and length of each individual project. Rates may range from $25 to $100 per hour.