Once again, I was delighted to see our Industry mentioned in a List of Top Home-Based Businesses. This time it was on AOL -in an article -- 10 More Jobs You Can Have at Home.
Here's what it said:
Administrative Assistant -- Also known as virtual assistants, home-based administrative assistants use office experience and computer skills as support personnel. Many skills easily transition into this position, which offers many part-time and temporary opportunities.
YES!!! I'm THRILLED!! I truly believe with the right skills, experience and passion that if you want to become a VA, and you do the right things to become a good VA, you absolutely can.
Here are some of the services that a VA can provide. I know for many regulars of my blog, you already know this, but fortunately, I'm having some new VAs and this is more for them. (This is from our Virtual Assistant The Series Book).
· Publicity, Marketing, Writing: Business, technical, academic, resume, and ghost writing. Includes formatting papers and manuscripts, as well as business plans and reports.
· Competitive Research: Research clients’ competitors and report findings.
· Editing/Proofreading: Editing and proofreading client documents.
· File Conversion: Convert files from one format to the other. Example: Word to PDF format.
· Digital Imaging: Digital photography, graphic design, scanning of documents, photographs, etc.
· Graphic Design: Designing images for use on the web or in print.
· Interpreting: Translate from one language to another.
· Web Design, Development and Maintenance: Design client websites. May include development of copy and ongoing maintenance.
· Word Processing: Many of the chapters in this book deal with this including Legal Transcription, Medical Transcription, Targeting Writers, etc.
· Desktop Publishing: Design and layout of business cards, newsletters, flyers, catalogs, brochures, menus.
· Transcription: Transcribing standard and micro-cassette tapes. Medical, legal and general transcription.
· General bookkeeping: Process and mail invoices and statements. Bill paying, checkbook balancing, collection calls, bookkeeping, etc.
· Meeting Planning: Organizing all or various aspects of a meeting. This might include arranging meeting space, A/V requirements, speakers, food and beverage, sleeping rooms, contract negotiations, and transportation.
· Event Planning: Organizing all or various aspects of an event. This might include arranging for a venue, food and beverage or catering, contract negotiations, special transportation, security, and entertainment.
· Presentations: Preparing slide presentations in a program such as Microsoft PowerPoint. Requires knowledge of the application, as well as presentation techniques. Might also include preparation of handouts and transparencies. Slides can show birthdays, business/marketing, graduations, weddings, etc.
· Realtor Support: Includes desktop publishing, bulk mailings, database management, letter writing, thank-you card writing, and making phone calls. See also, Transaction Coordinator.
· Information Processing: Combination of word processing, data processing, database management, spreadsheets, and resume preparation.
· Internet Research: Research and report findings on specific topics. You can do academic research, business and marketing research, locator services (alumni, family, military, etc.)
· Photocopying: Black and white or color copies, including transparencies.
· Association Management: Meeting minute transcription, meeting reminder cards or calls, database management, meeting agendas, meeting and convention planning, newsletters, mailing services, bookkeeping, and banking services.
· Concierge Services: Dinner recommendations and reservations, tickets, travel research and arrangements, transportation arrangements, directions, gift buying, car rentals, general errand running.
· Organizing Consultant: Rearrange office space, plan and pack for relocation, develop procedures, set up filing systems, time management, and office automation.
· Contact Management: Maintain client database of contacts using a variety of applications like ACT, Goldmine, Lotus Organizer, Outlook and Maximizer.
· Public Relations: Writing and submitting press releases. Arranging interviews with the media. Promote the general “image” of the company.
· Systems Management: Manage system network.
· Reminder Service: Remind clients of important dates and events.
· Executive Personal Assistant: Combination of duties with a high level of decision-making, coordination, purchase authority, on behalf of the company executive(s).
· Scheduling: Arrange and manage schedule for meetings, deadlines, appointments, and possibly personal activities.
· Technical Support: Hardware and software installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and tutoring.
· Internet Administration: Administration of chat rooms, message boards, and online groups.
If anyone would like information on starting a virtual assistant business, please do email me, at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have a VA Informational Package and a PR informational Package that I'd be happy to send you. The VA Informational Package includes a sample of our book Virtual Assistant the Series.
Diana Ennen, President
Virtual Word Publishing