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I would like to take a few moments to tell you what I, Adams County Living Liz, does from home to earn money. I am currently a virtual assistant. So let’s stop right there and talk about what exactly a virtual assistant (VA) is. The Balance Small Business defines a VA as:
A virtual assistant (VA) is a person who provides support services to other businesses from a remote location. The term originated in the 1990s as the ability to work virtually due to technology improvements, such as high-speed Internet, document sharing, and other advancements, made working remotely a reality.
I like this definition because I believe a lot of people (and I was included in this when I first started) means that you are just taking your administrative assistant skills and using them remotely; which you can do but there are so many other skills and areas that VA’s work in.
For example, I work as the Social Media Coordinator for CHAP which means I manage the Facebook Page and Pinterest Page for the organization. This actually provided me with a great start for working at home. I then took these skills and started branching out to graphics and printable creation. Believe it or not, they are really quite complimentary skills.
See that graphic ^^^^^^^^^^^^, all me.
The Virtual Savvy has a list of 50 services that someone can offer as a VA but that is really just the tip of the iceberg and I imagine this field will expand with possibilities as technology continues to grow. Keep in mind that you if are thinking of becoming a VA you will not specialize in all 50+ services. There’s too much to learn and while you can sorta play the Jack/Jill of all trades card you will find that you will want to keep to certain services.
I know my “Hire Me” page is severely lacking in information and I will try to remedy that soon but the goal of today’s post was just to explain more of what a VA does or could do.