(Virtual Assistant from the Philippines)
As a Virtual Assistant, there are some lessons to keep in mind if you want to be successful. Here is my take on the most important “skills” you need to have if you want to be a successful VA.
I started with a blank portfolio
When I started as a full time virtual employee, I had nothing in my portfolio to show off to my future employer.
I didn’t have the slightest idea where to begin when I first started on my new career path.
Although I’ve worked in the past as a freelancer, it does not require me to sit all day in front of the computer doing some encoding and taking care of websites or making deals online.
The deal is that my friend gives me the topic and I write the article and then pass along the article after I am done.
All I had in mind when I created my profile on a particular online employee pooling site is that I needed an employer to get me started and I would take it from there.
Qualifications for virtual employee
For me, the only qualification you’ll need is
Why guts and patience?
If you don’t have the guts to pursue a new career online, you’ll get nothing at the end of the day.
If you don’t have enough patience for writing email from one employer to another, then I think you need to find a new career path outside the online world.
I am telling you from my own experience; it’s not been easy as a virtual employee. It took me a lot of pins and needles before I found a suitable employer who would give me a decent and generous monthly salary.
You don’t need long titles in the outsourcing industry. Big or small, no title or with a title, you are all the same.
And this is the reason why guts and patience are the perfect ingredients to get you going with your online career.
You don’t need to find a perfect job with lots of perks and benefits. Being a virtual employee is far from being a regular employee. There’s no perfect job in here and there’s no dream job here.
My piece of advice
As I have mentioned earlier, I have nothing to show off. I don’t have any technical skills.
But, if you dream of getting a job to justify your life, don’t be too picky; just don’t allow them to look down on you and you’ll get there.