Have you ever wondered how those big name bloggers do it all? Not only are they regularly publishing great posts, but they are also active on several social media platforms, they reply to comments and emails, they reach out to brands for sponsored posts, they write ebooks and attend conferences… all while juggling a home, a family and other responsibilities. That’s a lot to juggle!
Are you ready for the secret of how they handle it all? The truth is–they don’t! Once bloggers start to get a little busier and a little more established, they need help, and they hire virtual assistants to help them.
What is a Virtual Assistant?
Virtual assistants, in a nut shell, are simply people who help other people and companies get their jobs done. Not only do bloggers hire them all the time, but many, many companies do as well. After all, it is much cheaper to pay someone to do a specific task from their home than it would be to hire another employee, set up an office for them, and pay them a salary and benefits. By being a virtual assistant, you can do a ton of great office work and social media type tasks all from the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule!
What Tasks Do Virtual Assistants Do?
There are a number of tasks that virtual assistants can do. These tasks include: email management, calendar management, post research, social media account management, post scheduling, following up with clients and many more. Any task that a blogger or company owner has to do, but that doesn’t have the time to do, can be hired out to a virtual assistant. You could literally get paid to be on Facebook!
What Skills or Experience is Required for Becoming a Virtual Assistant?
The specific skills or amount of experience you need to become a virtual assistant is really going to depend on who is hiring you and what they are hiring you for. For example, if you want to become a virtual assistant for a dentist’s office, then some knowledge of working at a dental office or of secretarial work in general will be a plus. If you want to become a virtual assistant for a well-known blogger, then running your own blog will give you the experience that you need. There are no specific classes to take or requirements to meet. You simply have to know how to do the skill you are hoping to be hired to do, whether that is publishing on WordPress, calling clients, optimizing posts for SEO or contacting brands for sponsorships.
Where Can I Find a Job as a Virtual Blog Assistant?
Here are five great places to look.
1. Join a Site Like Elance, O’Desk or Freelancer
This method is the easiest and most well-known, and there are usually plenty of listings. However, you are usually competing with people from all over the world, so expect to be frequently underbid.
2. Join a Facebook Group for Virtual Assistants
These can be tricky to find, but they are an absolutely fantastic resource if you want to be a VA for other bloggers. The pricing is generally fair and you can learn a lot in the groups. Many Groups include not only blog assistants but also bloggers looking to hire. Ask within your own network of virtual assistants if they know of any groups or would like to form one.
3. Ask Around
Who do you know who might be looking for a virtual assistant or know someone else who might? Ask around! Let people know that you are searching for work. There are also a few email lists to join:
4. Join Forums
Virtual assistant forums are a great place to network and get job leads. I recommend joining VAnetworking.com and VirtualAssistantForums.com
5. Cold Email
Some companies don’t appreciate cold pitches, but if you can find the right person at just the right time, you may be able to score a great job that you didn’t even know what open. If you go this route, begin with companies or bloggers that you already have a relationship with or that seem to be particularly busy at the moment.
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