How to Become a Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistance is an important service that is constantly growing as more companies and organizations increasingly use the Internet and other virtual services for a variety of functions to ensure effective and advanced operations. Virtual assistants are independent contractors that use the latest technology to communicate with clients and perform a variety of services.
What Does A Virtual Assistant Do?
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Virtual assistants often provide clerical tasks, but many provide additional services such as marketing and website development. Some virtual assistants specialize in a certain area such as real estate and technical writing.
What Kind Of Training Does A Virtual Assistant Need?
Virtual assistants must have at least a high school diploma or GED. Many employers prefer virtual assistants that have a solid knowledge of a variety of computer software applications such as database management, desktop publishing, and spreadsheets. Many virtual assistants complete training programs offered by community colleges, vocational and technical schools, or online colleges and universities. They learn website design, bookkeeping, transcription, computer technology, and project management. Many virtual assistants gain certification from the International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) such as the Certified Virtual Assistant or Ethics Checked Virtual Assistant. Virtual assistants must stay up to date with new technologies and they often complete continuing online education and training programs.