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There are many ways to make a living from home, but not many are as versatile as virtual assisting.
Not only can you work from anywhere and anytime, but in many cases, you actually get paid to learn! Not only that, there is any number of niches to specialize in, from email management to podcast launches!
(Need help learning in-demand skills for your virtual assistant business? Freelance University is now open for enrollment until midnight on Jan 24th!)
But while virtual assisting can be exciting and varied work, it’s not for everyone. There are some characteristics and traits that indicate you would be well-suited to it. If you’re curious about this line of work, here are 9 signs you would make a good virtual assistant:
1. You’re A Strong Communicator
Timely and clear communication is crucial as a virtual assistant. Just because you aren’t punching a clock between 9 and 5 every day doesn’t mean you can disappear on your clients! Even if you are in different time zones there should be timely communication, or at least clearly outlined expectations on how and when you will communicate with your client.
2. You’re Highly Organized
Trello (or tools like it) isn’t just a productivity tool for you, it’s a way of life. As a highly-organized person, you can comfortably juggle several projects at once because you’re able to prioritize, schedule, and batch tasks so that everything gets done on time.
3. You’re a Critical Thinker
Even though your client will show you the ropes when you first start working together, there will always be things that come up that aren’t on the SOP (standard operating procedure). And because you can work with anyone from anywhere, your clients may not be available during the times you are doing the work.
That means there isn’t always someone around to help when something comes up. In these moments, you need to be able to take charge of things a little. But as a natural problem-solver, you’ll navigate these moments with confidence.
4. You’re Open to Feedback
Every business owner has their own method of doing things and the way they like things to be done. But you don’t just accept critiques, you value them.
Because even though constructive criticism isn’t always easy to hear, you know how to use it to become a better virtual assistant and a more well-rounded professional.
5. You Have Fantastic Time Management Skills
VA work isn’t so much about multitasking as it is time-managing. Many contract virtual assistants have multiple clients and they need to be able to manage their time really well in order to make sure deadlines are met and everyone is getting the same stellar level of service.
You also have a realistic idea of how long it takes you to do things so that you can accurately rate your services. You also know what “fully booked” looks like for you so that you’re not taking on more work than you can realistically handle.
6. You’re Willing (and Excited Even) to Learn as You Go
When you start out as a VA, you are likely already bringing some great skills to the table. But in the world of online business, there is always more to learn. And the more you learn, the more skills you get to add to the toolbox, and the better you can service your clients.
As a virtual assistant, you often get paid to learn new tools and skills so you can use them to better your client’s business. And that is one of the most appealing things about VA work for you!
7. You Have an Ironclad Work Ethic
You understand that doing what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it is integral. You also need to be mindful of confidential information.
Although you have clients, at the end of the day you are your own business and your own boss. There’s no one around to police you while working at home so you need to have the self-discipline to get the work done on time and with integrity.
8. You Have the Ability to Put Yourself Out There
In order to land clients, you can’t be afraid to sell yourself a bit. Although this doesn’t come naturally to everyone, it’s the ability to go through with it even if you’re a bit nervous that separates those who struggle to land clients from those who are fully booked.
You understand that in order to grow, you will need to try new things that are out of your comfort zone from time to time; like cold pitching a potential prospect, or learning a new skill that doesn’t come easily to you.
9. Helping Others Lights You Up
Arguably the most important trait of a good VA is your love of helping people. You’re the kind of person who sees someone who needs help and gets excited because you just know you can help them!
As a VA you get to help small businesses grow and achieve new things. It’s a much different dynamic than working for a big corporation. You’re helping these small businesses reach new heights and helping them achieve better work-life balance. You’re making a real difference to your client. Personally, I find that is one of the most rewarding things about being a VA!
Virtual assistants often end up specializing in certain roles, like email management, or social media management, for example. There are lots of great courses that can teach these skills.
But the foundation of a good virtual assistant lies in their character traits and soft skills. If you have these, traits, everything else is learnable! You can also start out as a more general admin type of assistant and grow naturally into the specialized type of VA work that you love to do best!
If you’re interested in learning more about making a living as a VA, be sure to check out this interview with Gina Horkey, founder of Horkey Handbook, or our review of her flagship course, 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success.
You can also check out our interview with Mara Woosley, a full-time virtual assistant, and graduate of Gina’s course.
Are you interested in becoming a virtual assistant? Did you identify with these signs that you would make a good virtual assistant? Let us know in the comments!