Whether you are a new virtual assistant just starting out or an established professional in the industry, you have decided to dedicate your career to helping other professionals run their business successfully. Obviously your responsibilities as a virtual assistant will vary depending on your clients, but at the end of the day your goal is to please your client. Having a career in the virtual assistant industry does tend to be a bit competitive. However, don't let this intimidate you. There are many virtual assistants out there, but there are also many ways to stand out.
If you want to make a career out of being a virtual assistant, especially in the work-from-home world, you will have to really make sure you stand out from the crowd. Making an impact and being a recognizable virtual assistant can get you to many places. Your clients will recommend you to other people who are also looking for a virtual assistant and you will be able to branch out and expand your business more than you ever would have imagined. Here are some simple ways that you can improve your game as a virtual assistant and you can start today.
If you are a new virtual assistant, chances are you are looking for any chance to learn more about the industry. Having open communication with virtual assistants and their clients can be a great way for you to learn the best way to enter the industry, even if you don't get involved directly with these clients. Learning from people in the field is the easiest way to gain experience and you will see that their tips and tricks can be learned on the spot.
For more experienced virtual assistants, learning about the industry may not seem that important. However, the industry is constantly changing. The way that things get accomplished for your client will constantly change as technology progresses. The types of clients you have will also change depending on which jobs become more demanding and require virtual assistants. If you think about it, twenty years ago we didn't have social media influencers looking for virtual assistants to run their business. This is a perfect example of how quickly the industry can really change and what the demand for virtual assistants will look like in the future. As long as you stay adaptable and continue to learn, you will be on the top end of virtual assistants and you will be able to prove to current and future clients that you really are one of the best!
Create Your Own Portfolio
Writers, photographers, entrepreneurs, and so many other professionals maintain a portfolio. Just because you are a virtual assistant who may not feel like a creative influencer compared to your client, it is so important to have a portfolio of your work to show your accomplishments. Some virtual assistants do have more creative rein in their abilities and include those pieces in their portfolio to show what they can provide for their clients. However, if you are more of an organizational virtual assistant, all of this is so important to showcase as well. Your client wants to see what you can provide them.
You should include things like past spreadsheets you have created to keep clients organized, outreach strategies for social media, statistics and insights from marketing strategies, and literally anything else you have put together for clients. The purpose of a portfolio is to display all that you have to offer. Yes, your resume and application will cover some of this, but a portfolio is an extra step that will show your clients how dedicated you are to producing content that will benefit their business.
One of the great things about being a virtual assistant is your ability to be organized. You probably entered this career field because you have a knack for organization and structure. You probably communicate easily and have no problem collaborating with whoever it takes to get things done. As a virtual assistant, you may have multiple clients and you may get confused sometimes regarding your responsibilities. This is natural, but there are so many ways to stay on top of your organization to make things work much easier for you and your client.
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