What is a dedicated virtual assistant?
A dedicated virtual assistant is usually tasked with the repetitive and time-consuming tasks for a company that needs to be done. While you can hire freelance dedicated virtual assistants via online job platforms like Upwork and Freelancer, most companies prefer hiring through business process outsourcing (BPO) companies in leading destinations like the Philippines.
Hiring a dedicated virtual assistant means that the BPO firm will provide you with a full-time VA who is dedicated to your business only. You are hiring a package of hours, instead of just the BPO irm giving you the chance to outsource tasks to a team.
What are the benefits of hiring a dedicated virtual assistant?
Hiring a single dedicated virtual assistant is recommended for small businesses, or for ‘personal assistance” purposes. Here are some of the benefits of hiring a dedicated virtual assistant:
- Increased efficiency over time
- Personalized services, since you’ll be training them “your way”
How much do Filipino virtual assistants make?
A virtual assistant’s pay depends on their expertise and years of experience. However, according to Payscale, an average VA makes a minimum hourly pay of $4.
Where you find your dedicated virtual assistant also plays a part in determining their salary per month. Freelance VAs hired through popular job platforms like Upwork and Fiverr start at $5 per hour, while those hired through outsourcing companies’ rates start at $8 per hour. With virtual assistants, you can save a lot of money on labor costs, but not to the point of consuming cheap labor.
How do I become a successful virtual assistant?
Effective communication is the key to becoming a successful virtual assistant. Excellent communication skills, flexibility, and friendly attitude (for customer service) can go a long way. In addition, a successful Amazon VA needs to be updated with the latest sales, marketing, and social media trends in order to attract and retain customers.
Further, VAs in general need to have the following skills and characteristics:
– Time management skills
– Organizational skills
– Problem-solving skills
– Adaptability and versatility
– Dependable and consistent
– Trustworthy and proactivity
– Efficiency and professionalism
How do I start working as a virtual assistant?
When you feel like you have the right skills and qualifications for the job, you may start working as a virtual assistant. There are different types of virtual assistants, like a dedicated VA, marketing VA, legal VA, and more. The first step is to find your niche, so you can market yourself better for potential clients.
Aspiring VAs can create accounts on Upwork or Freelancer to find jobs, but some small to medium-sized companies prefer hiring through business process outsourcing companies to ensure workforce quality and stability. If a company is hiring more than one VA, it would be more practical to seek the help of an outsourcing company.
How do I promote myself as a virtual assistant?
There are a variety of ways to get a gig as a virtual assistant. You may start on your own. Once you have mastered your niche (i.e. SEO, real estate, recruitment, etc.), you may start building your website to promote your services. You may also create an account to various online job platforms like Upwork and Freelancer, send proposals, and wait for clients to hire you.
Most clients prefer hiring virtual assistants through their trusted outsourcing partners, like Outsource Accelerator. Outsourcing firms handle everything from recruitment, to day-to-day operations, to overhead costs, so business owners can relax and reap the benefits of hiring VAs to a business.