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Now that the virtual assistant industry is at its peak, most people showed interest in becoming one. However, questions like how to start? What do virtual assistants do? How much will I earn? It might be the running into your mind. The good news is you don’t need to do your extensive research when answering those; we got it all covered for you. It would be best if you continue reading, and we’ll make sure to answer those mind-boggling questions.
Let’s now get into it. But first, let me tell you what a virtual assistant is.
What is a Virtual Assistant?
A virtual assistant is someone who provides support on administrative, business development, social media, and other tasks to business owners and entrepreneurs outside the office or from a remote location.
What does a Virtual Assistant do?
Being a virtual assistant doesn’t focus on one task; this means you can take on tasks that will depend on your client’s business needs. Here are some:
- Blog management – where you manage post-publication dates, search engine optimization (SEO), and WordPress updates.
- Content creation for blogs – where you write blog posts, source and create images, perform keyword research.
- Social media management – consists of posting on social media platforms, creating images for social media, maintaining engagement, and managing profiles.
- General administrative skills – where some of your tasks may be setting appointments, data entry, making travel arrangements, creating spreadsheets, monitoring voicemail, creating reports, drafting emails, and creating PowerPoint presentations.
- Email Management – where you’ll draft replies, organize incoming emails, manage spam, important flag emails, and follow-up on emails
These are just examples of the most common tasks that virtual assistants do. The list can still go on and on.
Virtual Assistant essentials
It’s probably obvious, but to become a virtual assistant and work from home, the most important thing you need is a computer – desktop or laptop, whatever works for you, and a reliable internet connection. Here are some software apps that can be a big help too.
Some tools of the trade
- Google Suite
The virtual assistant industry has been in the Philippines for years now. However, because of the pandemic, the industry became more popular because of the work set-up it provides. Imagine working at the convenience of your home, which can turn your life a perfect 360 degree. No more traffic, office politics, and it can even save you money on eat-outs and clothing allowance. The most critical question now is, how can you become a virtual assistant?
The VA Hub Inc. is one of the most reliable virtual assistant companies in the Philippines. We’ve been serving clients all over the United States and Canada for four years now, and we are proud to have given jobs to over 500 Filipinos!
We are the leading provider of high-functioning executive virtual assistants in the Philippines. We can help businesses grow and keep things organized so business owners can run their businesses with ease.
Now you might be thinking about how you can be a part of our team? That’s easy. You need to click the Apply Now tab on the upper right-hand corner of your screen and fill out the application form. After that, you need to wait for an email and SMS confirmation about the schedule of the 1-day hiring process.
Here are some tips:
- Prepare yourself before the interview.
- Conduct your research and wear your biggest smile.
- Be confident and just be yourself.
And for the most important question…
How Much Do Virtual Assistants Make?
Full-time VAs can earn $770 (40 hrs work week) or an hourly rate of $4.81. That’s a competitive rate compared to other VA companies out there. Not just that, you will also have 10 paid annual leaves after your 1st year with your client plus other incentives on top of the basic package.
Final thought: Working from home looks very convenient, especially if you have kids to look after or if you want to spend more time with your family. However, that’s not always the case. Working from home involves different challenges. You need to make sure that you’re ready and prepared before getting into it.
Contributor: Sheena Oketani / Dannielle Palarca