Have you ever seen The Devil Wears Prada? Meryl Streep’s character is followed frantically by Emily Blunt’s character, her personal assistant. Although real-life personal assistants may not have lived as tumultuous as that depicted in the movie, there’s no doubt that there some truths were presented by the movie (like running out of the office to grab your supervisor’s cup of joe? Not very far from the truth).
There is a comfier alternative to the personal assistant. It’s the pyjama clad, keyboard typing, and tech savvy virtual assistant.
Now, you’ve probably never heard of a virtual assistant so let me clear it up for you. A virtual assistant does pretty much the same tasks as a personal assistant. They set appointments, manage emails, update social media accounts, book travels, and other things a personal assistant could do with a computer and/or smartphone.
I guess you’re wondering why anybody would want to be a virtual assistant. Here’s the lowdown:
- You are your own boss. Sure, you may be doing somebody’s paperwork, but that doesn’t make you technically their employee. You and your client will be more of partners than the usual supervisor-employee relationship so there will be more freedom for you. Aside from that, you name your own rates and services, making you in control of what you’re getting from the partnership.
- You have Freedom. You have no restrictions on your working hours or attire. In fact, you could do everything while you’re in your pyjamas and be spending a ‘lazy’ day in bed.
- You Get Paid Well. Depending on the skills you can offer and the amount of positive feedback from previous clients, being a virtual assistant could give you around US$45 an hour.
- You Can Try Out Different Clients. You won’t get the same clients twice. In fact, they could be from different countries and nationalities. This helps you meet people and interact with different types of people that you normally wouldn’t interact with in a physical job.
One must think that to be a virtual assistant, you’d need to enroll in a training class. That may have been true years ago, but that’s almost the exact opposite now! All you need is to hone your marketing and organizational skills. Here are a few requirements that most clients would like to have in their virtual assistants:
- Must be social media savvy
- Must Write Well
- Can do graphic design
- Can create a database
- Can answer emails coherently with minimal supervision.
In the end, being a successful virtual assistant is a product of hard work and reliability. If you set your mind to achieve it, then you most likely will and can!