What is an online virtual assistant?
Online virtual assistants originally came from the term “personal assistants,” except they work remotely. Online virtual assistants handle their clients’ or company’s repetitive and mundane tasks, or other specialized work and one-off tasks. Virtual assistants generally can handle pretty much any tasks, but more technical responsibilities for medical or legal sectors require a more experienced VA.
Online virtual assistants are usually outsourced through business process outsourcing companies in outsourcing destinations like the Philippines. Online VAs in the Philippines can help companies save up to 70% on overhead costs, without sacrificing the quality and expertise of the employee.
What do you need to be an online virtual assistant?
If you’re looking to be an online virtual assistant for more technical industries like medical or legal, you need to have at least a medical or legal background. For less technical industries, aspiring online VAs will only need the following:
- High speed internet
- Word processing program
- Good earphones
- Software for audio editing
- Eagerness to learn
- Trainability and flexibility
- Organizational and time management skills