Become a Virtual Assistant With No Experience | WAHM Diaries by Mommy Strawberries

Most of WAHM-to-be’s are inexperienced in working as a virtual assistant or really has no experience at all, but you do not need to worry, momma! you do not need to be a veteran or a seasoned VA to land a respectable job online and to earn a reasonable income. The truth is, most of the home based workers started from scratch.

Like I always say, it will always need hard work. From no experience, you can become a rock star virtual assistant with the right combination of dedication, determination, and enthusiasm.

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Become a Virtual Assistant With No Experience

Need not to worry, you can become a virtual assistant with zero experience, how? Read on, momma!

What is a Virtual Assistant?

Virtual assistants provide support and services from a remote location, doing everything online for a specific client, may it be on a project basis or full-time contract. Services offered by VAs may start from the basic of administrative tasks, customer support and up to the most complex tasks such as social media campaigns and marketing strategies.

Who needs Virtual Assistants?

Well, rich people mostly. Hehe. Kidding. But true! These are entrepreneurs, busy professionals, and bloggers who mostly have a lot in their hands and wears a lot of hats. These people need VAs to help them free up the tasks and projects they wouldn’t be able to manage in a day.


Values of a Virtual Assistant

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Values of a Virtual Assistant

Being a virtual assistant entails flexibility and diversity of backgrounds and skills. But aside from these, most successful VAs have these traits:

  • Personable
  • Confident
  • Organized
  • Honest
  • Patient
  • Professional

The list goes on, but having these basic values would allow you to grow into that rock star VA!

How to become a Virtual Assistant with no experience?

Yes, I’ve been blabbering and not telling you the tips already, hehe. So here it goes, momma. Just always remember that it is important to have a plan in place so you know what road you want to go to.

What I often hear and read about VA bloggers is to pick a niche. Why? With this, you can focus on what skills you want to learn, what set of services you want to offer and it will be a lot easier to target potential clients. To help you decide, here are the common VA niches you may want to consider:

  1. Blogger’s VA
    • Bloggers have a lot of tasks and projects on hand such as creating, updating, and maintaining their blogs and managing their online presence.
    • As a Blogger’s VA you may offer the following services:
      • Help write, edit, and post blog content
      • Assist with graphic creation using applications like Canva or PicMonkey
      • Respond to reader emails and automating with Zapier or the like
      • Optimize existing content by removing/fixing broken links, adding affiliate links, etc.
      • Help schedule social media through Hootsuite
  2. Social Media VA
    • Managing the social presence of a company or business is the most left off strategy by busy professionals, so here is where you’ll come in.
    • You can take care of:
      • Can pin, post, tweet and update with the best of them
      • Research what’s trending before it’s actually trending
      • Familiarity with automation tools like Buffer, Tailwind, and Hootsuite
      • Understand what it takes to create brand awareness
  3. E-commerce VA
    • Online store owners may have had the littlest time to handle inventory, product descriptions, billing inquiries and what not. Here are the tasks where you can be of help:
      • Write product descriptions
      • Respond to customer billing inquiries
      • Track packages and handle returns
      • Help promote sales and product launches
      • Mostly customer support
  4. Real Estate VA
    • Realtors definitely need help while they focus on their prospective clients. You as their VA would need to:
      • Schedule listing appointments and home viewings
      • Market open houses
      • Calendar management
      • Write listing descriptions that sell
      • Reach out to prospective buyers/sellers
  5. General Admin VA
    • Being a General Admin VA is a niche itself. Business owners need that business structure support, recording finances, managing the top line executives and all the other internal things that need your utmost support. They don’t have the need for their own receptionist or operations manager but they do need a helping hand to help them get more done in a day — and that person could be you!

Free Tools to help you on becoming a Virtual Assistant

 

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Free Tools to help you on becoming a Virtual Assistant

There are some tools you’ll want to have in your VA list to help you stay on top of things and provide the best service.

  1. Grammarly
    • Being a VA will most certainly involve a lot of writing. Make sure you use the amazing (and free) proofreading tool, Grammarly. It’s easy to use, free and catches up to ten times more mistakes than standard grammar and spell checkers.
  2. Canva
    • Super easy and free online tool that allows you to make professional images quickly. There are a number of templates in Canva that you can use that gives your work an immediately polished look or, if you’re feeling creative, you can build your own images from scratch.
  3. Buffer
    • Sign up for a free automation tool like Buffer. With Buffer’s free account, you can connect your Facebook and Twitter profile and schedule up to ten posts for each in advance. This means you won’t have to worry about creating fresh social content every day. Plus, Buffer has free built-in analytics which is great for measuring how effective your posts and tweets actually are!
  4. Google Apps
    • For a free platform, Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms has a lot of great features. You can create, edit, collaborate and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations directly from your browser! You can even track changes and write notes that can be seen by others. If you’re not familiar with the different Google Apps available for work, head on over to the Google Apps Learning Center.
  5. WordPress
    • This is the go-to hosting platform many people use to easily create professional sites. WordPress itself is free. It can either be used on a self-hosted site (which costs money) or for free on WordPress.com. I know it sounds confusing but once you get going it’s really not. One of the best ways to learn WordPress is to setup your own WordPress site.

When to get started?

Is that even a question? NOW! Because if you really want to learn how to become a virtual assistant with no experience, you’re going to have to jump in and start doing NOW!

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