Can Anyone Be a Virtual Assistant?

Have you been on Quora yet?  My husband introduced me to it and it’s really a fun group.  I would say it’s like a cross between Yahoo! Answers (remember that?) and a social media platform.  People ask a question and you can answer it with what you believe is the best answer.   Check out my profile…I have the most viewed profile among virtual and personal assistants!

I see a lot of questions that pop up asking about work from home jobs, how to become a Virtual Assistant, and what qualities are need to be a VA, etc.  I’ve answered so many that I began thinking…

Can anyone be a Virtual Assistant? 

The simple answer is, yes.  If you are a human who understands how to use a computer with internet, yes, anyone can figure out how to be a VA.

The long answer is, no.  I don’t think just anyone can be a Virtual Assistant.  A lot of people are pulled into the hype and glamour of a flexible job,

Sometimes it can feel like this...looks as easy as rolling up some hay...but maybe not
Sometimes it can feel like this…looks as easy as rolling up some hay…but maybe not

which involves sitting by a Caribbean beach with a laptop in hand.  Let me tell you – that is far from the reality most of the time.

I believe that there is a difference between Virtual Assistants who make it and those that don’t.  Note that I am not referring to VA’s who work with larger companies like Zirtual and eaHelp.  I’m talking about people who want to run their own business.

The VA’s who have made it in this field are:

  • Organized
  • Determined
  • Tenacious
  • Motivated
  • Take risks
  • Can see the big picture with 5 and 10 year plans
  • Work hard with long hours

You might think that’s you, but let me tell you, a lot of businesses fail because when push comes to shove, it’s so much easier to give up than to keep going.

I’ve had a lot of potential VA’s contact me with questions on how to get started and I tell them about registering a business, gaining clients, paying taxes, and they realize that maybe it’s not the right path for them.

Good.  I’d much rather someone realize that in the beginning then invest time, energy, and money into their business only to realize further down the line that it’s easier to just show up to work every day and get a regular paycheck.

So if you are an Administrative or Executive Assistant who wants to try to make it as a Virtual Assistant, look at my small list above.  Can you check off each of those items, even when working a full time job?  Yes?  No?

Not everyone is cut out to be a Virtual Assistant and that’s okay.  Just don’t be pulled into the myths surrounding it without realizing all the hard work that goes into creating those myths into reality.

 

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