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Virtual Assistant Skills

A virtual assistant’s goal is to form a partnership with a business or entrepreneur and assistant them in running and building that business. This means they need to have experience with a variety of software packages, excellent writing, proofreading and grammar skills, as well as an understanding of business procedures. Many virtual assistants also have expertise in bookkeeping, Internet, graphics or web design, and marketing.

You don’t need to have experience in every aspect of their business, you do need to have a variety of skills or some specialized skills that businesses are looking to outsource and willing to pay for.

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Real Estate Virtual Assistant

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Real Estate Virtual Assistant is a Greate Niche

There are some advantages to looking for a niche when you become a virtual assistant. Having a niche and a defined target market makes it clear how you will market your services and to whom you will target your marketing efforts towards.

You also are able to choose your niche which means you spend your day during what you enjoy. How many jobs can you say that about! When you choose a niche you enjoy and are good at doing, you will provide better results. High quality work means higher pay. The more specialized your services are the higher rates you can charge. Clients will pay more for excellence.

If you are interested in the real estate niche you may want to consider becoming a real estate virtual assistant.  Real estate agents are busy and in today’s tough market it is more competitive than ever. Real estate agents have to know their business, understand their market and compete to get listings and sales. Today they also have to have a website and know how to take advantage of social media and online technologies. A great real estate virtual assistant can enable them to stay organized and concentrate their efforts on making sales.

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Virtual Assistant Database Manager

Virtual Assistant Database Manager

Are you looking for a good niche to specialize in for your VA home based business? You may want to consider database management.

In today’s business world, a virtual administrative assistant skilled in database management will find no shortage of clients.

It would be nice for business owners if they could just talk about and sell their products or services all day long, but unfortunately there is more to it than that. Today’s business needs accurate statistical data and reports to analyze their business’ success. To create an accurate report, they need a means of filing and quickly retrieving data.These business can do well be outsourcing this essential task to a good vrtual administrative assistant experienced in database creation and management.

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Top 3 Virtual Assistant Opportunities

Top 3 Virtual Assistant Opportunities

One of the great things about becoming a Virtual Assistant is you get to choose what services you want to specialize in and what type of clients you prefer to work with. You can specialize in anything you do well and can find clients to pay you to do for them. There are many possibilities today, but sometimes in can be hard to focus.

Should you specialize?

I think it’s a good idea because focusing your business on fewer specialty services will generally allow you to charge more and avoid running yourself ragged trying to be everything to all of your clients. If you are not sure where to start, here are 3 suggestions for popular services that are profitable, indemand and growing.

Social Marketing Specialist

Social media has boomed in recent years and is fast becoming one of the most effective ways for small businesses to marketing their products and services online. The challenge is most business owners and other entrepreneurs don’t have the time, skill or knowledge to keep up with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or YouTube. Even if they get these setup, they often do it ineffectively and neglect to maintain these accounts. This is a great niche for VAs who enjoy this type of work.

Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant

Marketing businesses online is fast becoming a popular specialty. If you have an interest in internet marketing, this would definitely be a good specialty for you and you should have no problem finding plenty of clients. Most businesses today have a website but few business owners know how to effectively market their business online.

If you have a web site, you may already know quite a bit about blogging, social marketing and search engine optimization. With more and more websites being created every day, bringing traffic to your site is more challenging than in previous years.
With technology changing constantly, few business owners have the time or inclination to figure it all out and would love to outsource this task.

Blog/Website Management

Most blog or website management is pretty straight forward. The problem is that it can be time consuming. Often a business owner just doesn’t have the time they need to manage their blog or website. This is where your skills can be a valuable service. Membership websites and forums both require a good deal of time. If you’re social, enjoy communicating with others and have the skills to manage a website consider this type of VA opportunity.

To find a blog or website management position consider participating on marketing forums. There you’ll find a number of internet marketers who may need your services. Again networking pays off. You can also search freelance job boards and virtual administration job boards specifically. When you’re searching make sure to check out the “technical” job postings. Many people place website management positions under the technical category.

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Why Choose a Virtual Assistant Niche?

Choose Virtual Assistant Niche

Many Virtual Assistants work as generalist and offer a wide variety of services, however there are many advantages to focusing your business on one or more specialized services.

The virtual assistants who learn specific specialty skills that are highly sought after today will build a more profitable business.

Learn more about how to choose your Virtual Assistant Niche…

 

Emergencies

Your VA Disaster Recovery Plan

A home based business disaster recovery plan will protect you in the event of an unexpected disaster, illness or injury.

If a catastrophe strikes your home office, or an unforeseen injury or illness prevents you from performing your business functions, you will want to have your disaster recovery plan already defined and written down well in advance.

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New Virtual Assistant Mistakes

Avoid Common Mistakes New Virtual Assistants Make

There are pitfalls to starting any new business. The best way to avoid the pitfall is to learn as much as you can before starting your new business venture.

If you are considering Starting a Virtual Assistant Business, you will want to do everything possible to ensure your success.

With some careful planning you can avoid the pitfalls many new Virtual Assistants make.

Learn some of the main challenges for starting this type of business and how you can overcome them.

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Virtual Assistant Qualifications

Virtual Assistant Qualifications

A virtual assistant’s goal is to form a partnership with a business or entrepreneur and assistant them in running and building that business. This means they need to have experience with a variety of software packages, excellent writing, proofreading and grammar skills, as well as an understanding of business procedures. Many virtual assistants also have expertise in bookkeeping, Internet, graphics or web design, and marketing.

Now is a good time to think about becoming a Virtual Assistant as more businesses are looking to outsource many administrative functions rather than hire more full-time employees.

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Become a Virtual Assistant Part-Time

Become a Virtual Assistant Part-time

If you have a job and don’t want to leave it, you can still start your own home based business and earn some extra money, or just get your feet wet with a new career before you make a permanent decision.

It is possible to start part-time working at home as a Virtual Assistant and there are some advantages to approaching your business this way.

You have another source of income which takes some of the pressure off you as you are building your home based business. It’s always to your advantage not to approach your clients with any sense of desperation. No matter how hard you try to cover up your desperation, clients will sense it.

This also gives you a taste of what being a virtual assistant is really about and whether it is the right career move for you. Good to know before you invest in starting a virtual assistant business as your sole source of income.

Starting part-time does have some challenges as well. You will need to spend some time planning your schedule and honing your time management skills.

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Ideal Client

Find Your Ideal Client

Virtual Assistants with many skills can go after a rather large market; however, it is best to define your ideal client and concentrate on that target market segment. Virtual assistants can run themselves ragged trying to do everything for a client and can get into trouble when trying to perform services they are not really competent to provide. It’s best to clearly define where you excel, what your strengths are and look for a market that needs services based around those skills.

Here are some questions to help you choose a market and your ideal client…

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