Can you become a Virtual Assistant with No Experience

Can you become a Virtual Assistant with no experience?
My answer is yes.
I think as long as you know how to use a computer and have an internet connection, you are set to go. You can be a Virtual Assistant with no experience! I have shared here how I started my freelancing/virtual assistance career. I capitalize my research skills.  Ah, research work… that’s what I know back then.  I am confident to offer that service to anyone who will hire me.

Guess what I did? What I did is look for research jobs. I was fortunate to get a research job in such a very short period of rummaging the internet, ha-ha! And that was the start of my freelance/virtual assistant career. And I may say, I have no experience at all!

What should I be doing? Researching. My client asked me to look for Paleo recipes. Googled it and I do find tons of recipes.  I copy paste the recipes into my client’s database.  And that was it. That was easy. Anyone can do that!

Anyone can do that!

Is that job needs experience? No!

Did my client ask for my experience in research work? No!

Easy isn’t it? I got an online job that lasted for more than 6 months! And that was the start of my freelancing or virtual assisting.

The lesson I learned is that you should be CONFIDENT. If you have the skill and you want to help others with your skill, and by any means go for it. Look for that job… look high and low, haha.

And now I may add, after 3 years of freelancing/virtual assisting…pick a NICHE. What skill you are good or great? What is it that you really, really love to do? Is it writing? Is it researching? Transcribing? Graphic design? Web design?

Focus on that skill. And upgrade your skill. Learn, learn, learn! Why pick a niche? Because you need to have a lot of experience in that niche or in that line of work you choose. In the process you become skilled, you specialize in that niche. You become an expert! In addition to these, it is much easier to find clients.  Remember that experts are the ones seeking out by clients, not the other way around.

So, if you are knowledgeable or have the skill in the following area, start your freelancing/virtual assistant career now. Yes, even you don’t have experience.

  1. Writer/Blogger – if you have skill in writing, offer your services by writing blog posts, articles, essays, newsletters, press releases, social media content, and other digital content.
  2. Social Media Manager – if you can post, share, pin, tweet and update your social media you can offer this kind of service, too. You can upgrade this skill by familiarizing yourself with automation tools like Hootsuite, Buffer, and the like, and learn even basic graphic design. Or upgrade your graphic design skills.
  3. E-commerce Assistant – selling online is very popular these days. Online store owners need help in writing a product description, responding to inquiries, promote sales or run the day-to-day operations of a store. If you are good in this field, it is a great opportunity to gain experience.
  4. Real Estate Assistant – A lot of realtors are looking for support for their business, they need someone to manage their calendar, market open houses, write listing descriptions. If you are interested in this field it is a good opportunity to gain experience.

Want to earn online? Want to be a Virtual Assistant? Start now!!

Hey…come back here and share with me your journey to the freelancing/virtual assistance world.

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Do you want to be an Amazing Virtual Assistant?

Did you know that virtual assistant is the latest work at home trend today? For the last five years, Filipino Virtual Assistants are on the rise!

For the last five years, Filipino Virtual Assistants are on the rise! A lot of Filipino professionals are now shifting to online careers. They wanted to be Freelancers/ Virtual Assistant.

But first, what is a virtual assistant?  I define it as an independent employee. A freelancer who works at home for different clients. What I mean of an independent employee is that I don’t have a boss. A have a client. I am self-employed. And I work from home and have a flexible schedule. I assist my clients in their business. Amazing isn’t it, haha?

What is a Virtual Assistant?

A virtual assistant can work for many clients. These clients are usually small and medium entrepreneurs (SME) from first world countries. These entrepreneurs outsource the job. They hire virtual assistants to lower their operational and labor costs. Entrepreneurs only pay 1/5 of cost for the outsourced job. Outsourcing is a high demand today.

A virtual assistant can be hired for the hours or tasks. In my experience, I got a job as a Social Media Support. I am paid for two hours day/10 hours a week’s work.  What do I  for that 2 hours every day?  I update my client’s Facebook, Twitter and Linked In, with new content every day. I was also hired as a full time/8 hours researcher and writer for a Paleo diet website.  Also, I got a job as a travel blog writer, I wrote one to two article for a week.

Moreover, I got jobs by tasks too. I wrote a research paper.  Written an essay and a literature review. I  researched to answer customer’s questions. And, listed a condominium for rent to travelers on various travel sites.

As you see, jobs I did varies. And in my case, I apply to any jobs, as long as I can do it. Also, I only apply to part-time jobs because I have my homemaker responsibilities. Look,  jobs for virtual assistants can be anything under the sun as long as you have the skill to do it.

Different Types of Virtual Assistant

In my readings, there are different types of a virtual assistant.

  1. General Virtual Assistant – perform general administration tasks like email handling, appointment scheduling, transcription, creating reports/proposals and other documents, chat support, research, data entry, blog management, calendar management, social media management, flight bookings, sales support, recruiting staff, bookkeeping, database building, updating CRM,
  2. Article Writer/Content Writer – write articles, submits to various article directory submission sites, video blog transcription and posting
  3. SEO Specialist – perform keyword research, niche market analysis, link building, blog management,  online personal and corporate branding
  4. Web Developer/Programmer – build and maintains blog/website (WordPress), create new page
  5. Graphic designers – create visual concepts for advertisements,  corporate reports, posters, flyers, brochures, newsletters, etc.

Actually, there are so many things a virtual assistant can do, I can’t list them all, ha-ha!

Are you looking for work?  Do you like to work part time like me? Or work full time. Do you want to make money and work in the comfort of your home? Are you ready to become an amazing Virtual Assistant like me?

Join the trend now, be a Virtual Assistant.

How to Become a Virtual Assistant

In my last post, I shared how I got my first online job. That was my big break! It had opened to a great opportunity!  Instantly, I become Virtual Assistant!

Imagine, I am now in my 50’s… I never thought that I can still get a job, be paid in dollars and have an online career! Above is an infographic I created to visualize how I become a Virtual Assistant.

Identify Skills

When I decided to look for an online job, I asked myself what are the skills I already have? Taking Virtual Assistant courses did not come into my mind. So, I assessed my skills. What I am good at? I can blog, write, research and do graphic design. These skills were my first investment.

Prepare Equipment and Tools

The major equipment I need is a laptop, that I already have. We already have the internet! So, I jump into the next step.

Look for clients, right away

Yes, I look for clients right away. I joined Upwork, Onlinejobs.ph and subscribed to Craiglist. And after a few weeks, I got my first online job. I saw a job post on Craiglist and the lady is looking for a researcher. I try my luck! I emailed her, exchanged a couple of emails and after a couple of days, she decided to hire me.

Identify your rate and how your clients will be able to pay you

For that first online job, I was paid a measly $2.50 per hour. I worked 2-3 hours per day for more than 6 months. Yes, I know my rate at that time was so low! But I don’t have any idea how should I rate myself, ha! If only I know. Anyways, that was charged to experience. The lesson I got from that experience is never ever under rate your work, your self!

So, that’s it!

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My First Online Job

How did I get my first online job?

May 2014 was my big break in working online. It was a research and article writing for an American client. It was my first online job!  Curious how I got it?

I find myself looking a job ad in Craiglist (a classified advertisement website).   I applied through email expressing my interest to the job.  After several days my client replied through email, she said that I am hired. She asked when I can start to work. She also said she will pay me $2.00/hour through Paypal. I was so happy! I  replied the email. The following day, I received an email from my client, she wrote in full detail the instructions of my job. That was it!

I got the job easy peasy. My first online job was unforgettable.  My client did not ask for my resume. And no interview and test was done. It was also a long term job, more than 7 months!  To boot, my client was so nice.  She also pays pronto.

After this first online job, I have to experience the hardships of finding another job. I need to go the process of submitting resumes. I write and re-write cover letters, and do tests/exams. After my first online job, I was unfortunate to land a long-term job again. I have even scammed huhu.

My first online job was such a positive experience! It pushed me to have an online career. How about you? How did you get your first online job?