What Skills Do You Need to Become a Virtual Assistant?

One of the most common questions I get asked by aspiring Virtual Assistants is: “What skills do I need to start my own business?”


As a VA, you will be working with a range of clients providing different types of support to each client. It is therefore imperative that you are an organised person who is able to switch between different tasks and work within different situations regularly.

Self Motivation

You are now your own boss. This brings a whole host of positive points, but also means that you no longer have a boss to issue instructions, motivate and encourage you… or breathe down your neck! You need to consider if you will be able to motivate yourself each day to get the job done, even if you are yet to secure your first client.

Relevant Work Experience

As a Virtual Assistant, you are charging for the experience and skills that you have gained and honed during your career. As you are charging for your skills, these need to be of an exceptionally high standard.

High Ethics

Again, you are charging for your time, so high ethics and honesty are essential. Your clients have to trust you to do their work and believe what you report back to them. You need to be completely honest with clients and work to high standards.

Task Orientation

The work of a Virtual Assistant is very task-oriented – but for other people. It is a juggling act and you need to make sure that all your work is accurate and on time. If you don’t like doing some mundane tasks, then the role of a Virtual Assistant is probably not for you.

Software Skills

Virtual Assistants are renowned for their excellent software skills. Some VAs even offer software training as part of their services to clients. Make sure that you are experienced in a particular software package if you are going to offer it as a service to paying clients. For example, it wouldn’t be right to offer to produce high-quality presentations if you don’t know PowerPoint.

Emma Walker is a co-founder of VA Success Group, a company devoted to helping Virtual Assistants build and grow successful VA businesses. If you’d like to receive invaluable tips and advice on creating your perfect VA business, visit http://vasuccessgroup.co.uk/virtual-assistant-freebies/

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