Virtual Assistant Training lesson 1

What is a Virtual Assistant / VA?
A Virtual Assistant is the online version of an office assistant or personal assistant. Basically, VAs are freelancers, they may work full time for a single company or employer OR they may work part-time for a couple or several business owners.
VAs are paid by the hour, per week, bi-monthly, monthly, or per project basis. If your employer is foreign or based abroad, you can get paid from US$2.00 per hour (or around PhP 96.00 – more than the PhP50+/hour minimum wage in the Philippines), up to US$10.00/hour (or more). On the other hand, if your employer is based here, you can get paid between PhP2,000 to PhP4,000 per month part-time.
Advantages and Disadvantages of being a VA.
Advantages:
  • Work  from home or anywhere there’s a PC/laptop with internet access.
  • No dress code.
  • Work the number of hours you prefer.
  • No rush hour traffit to go through.
  • No scrutinizing bosses around.
  • No gossiping office mates.
  • Free from office politics.
  • Opportunity to set-up you own VA business at home.
Disadvantages:
  • No insurance, no healthcare (HMO) benefits, no 13th month pay, etc.
  • No personnel department to take care of your tax and SSS payments (you have to do it yourself.)
  • You’re on your own (No readily available office mates or supervisors to ask for help or advice)
  • There’s always the risk of not getting paid (or late payments) for the services done.
What you need to get started.
Equipment:
PC/Laptop with a reliable internet access (pref. broadband, not dial-up)
Basic Skills:
Computer skills and English language proficiency (read, write, understand English)
Internet Skills:
Email (send, receive, compose emails, etc.)
Online research  (using google and other search engines)
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Skype, Linked-in)
Online Ads posting (Sulit, OLX, Craiglist, etc.)
Blogging, forum posting, basic website making, etc.
Others:
MUST KNOW HOW TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS, fast-learner, very patient, can give attention to details, organize, can multi-task, positive mindset
After reading the basics about what a Virtual Assistant is and the tasks/activities involved in being one, do you still consider to work as a VA? If you answered YES then very good!
Because we at OJP believe that all you REALLY need to earn online is the RIGHT ATTITUDE and WILLINGNESS to learn.
YOUR ASSIGNMENT:
Please visit Odesk.com HERE and explore the different jobs and pay rates available online.  This will, more or less, give you an insight of what it’s like to be a VA.

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