Becoming a Successful Virtual Assistant in South Africa
What a Virtual Assistant is.
Driving a powerful, two-wheeled-monster Ducati down the glorious curves of Chapman’s Peak, he never thought that being a VA would take him this far. But yes, it’s possible, because becoming a virtual assistant is not just taking another job from what life gives.
Becoming a virtual assistant is understanding a genius principle of success, and that’s called the principle of just opening all the doors. A virtual assistant—a successful one, that is—is a mixture of things: the new internet of the modern world plus skills plus dedication. And so, in just this way, a virtual assistant takes advantage of the internet and does work online for money.
How to Become a Star – VA.
There are many tricks, considerations, and principles of becoming a successful virtual assistant. I will take you through the route to becoming just that. Here we go:
- Contractual or Freelance: This is the first question. A contractual VA is very close to a normal office assistant, because they get an official, contract-based job, with its taxes, strict responsibility, and so on. It’s just that the employer’s chair is in his or her home not the employer’s company. A freelance VA is the one that feels the true and complete freedom of this job because a freelance VA works on whatever they choose—mostly low- to medium-sized projects.
- Management, Creation, or Both: You have to be clear about your skillset. Management skills include—but aren’t limited to—making calls, emailing, organizing schedules, media marketing, and customer service. Creation skills span things like writing, graphic design and creating marketing campaigns.
- The Where and the How: To start as a virtual freelancer, you should first consider what experience you have. If you’re still beginning, aim low, because shooting high will waste your time and frustrate you. Now, considering your already-existent connections is a good first step. After that comes the role of freelancing platforms (e.g. Freelancer, Upwork, South African Freelancers’ Assoc.), where you will look for jobs that match your skill set and apply to them.
So, now that you know your fair share about the VA scene, you should understand that becoming a VA is a waste of time if you won’t be serious—even very serious—about it. And there are a few principles you should follow, like focusing less on money than on creating a strong network and deep connections, only ever applying to work that you know for sure is within your ability, and, finally, choosing pay per task overpay per hour when you’re still starting. In short, becoming a virtual assistant is a very profitable venture for anyone who likes freedom and variety, knows a thing or two and has patience and dedication.