Tired of your boring 8 to 5 job? Sick and tired of the long commute to work? Disgusted with the office gossip and disgruntled with your boss? Maybe it’s time to change careers and pick a job that puts you in control of your own time and your terms. Consider becoming an offshore virtual assistant and get the joEditb you need. Before you quit your day job and head to the realm of work at home offshore virtual assistants, do a check if you have what it takes to be a VA.
Do you manage your time well? Being an outsourcing assistant may mean flexible hours, but are you able to meet deadlines and work within your committed timeframes. Keep in mind that your clients will be depending on you for delivery of their services.
Do you have the necessary equipment for VA work? A computer and a reliable internet connection is a must. As such, assistant, emails, forums, and chats will be your primary form of communication with your client, and the internet will be your ultimate resource.
A VOIP connection is preferred, and depending on the nature of the VA work you plan to provide, might be needed. Your computer must also have the necessary software, such as MS Office, and your knowledge on the use of the applications must be average to above average.
Do you have the right communications skill set? A virtual office assistant will need to have impeccable communication skills, meaning, at the very least, your subjects agree with your verbs, and you know how to use punctuation.
Are you capable of multitasking, learning new skills, and utilizing your resources? Being an offshore assistant may require you to take on new skills or bring you to unfamiliar topics. You must be able to increase your market value as a VA by expanding your repertoire of skills, and a closed mind will not get you there.
Offshore virtual assistants provide a variety of services, and several of those might just fit you. Do some research on the kinds of services VAs provide, answer yes to all the questions above, and then you can decide on moving on to a new career.