5 Key Steps to Your Success as a Virtual Assistant
eBook written by a successful virtual assistant to help you get starting on your own business.
As you read up on being a virtual assistant or look at websites of virtual assistants, you may note that many of them claim to be certified virtual assistants. Is this really necessary?
No, but it doesn't really hurt anything either. In fact, it can make you more credible.
The thing that matters most as a virtual assistant is that you are well educated in the areas in which you want to specialize, and that you are professional. Certification is one way to demonstrate this, and this is why many virtual assistants choose to become certified.
There are a variety of places that will certify you. This may or may not include a test for you to take. Some will certify you based simply on your verifiable experience. And of course, it costs money. It does cost money to go over your work history or design and administer tests, after all.
Whether or not you choose to get certified as a virtual assistant is up to you. Some clients will have heard of certified virtual assistants, and so strongly prefer them. Others will have heard only that a virtual assistant can be very useful, and so have fewer expectations.
The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) offers a few options for certification:
VACertification.com may be a little simpler to deal with. They don't do testing; instead they go over your work history. While they don't have an ethics test, they do have a code of ethics they require all virtual assistants displaying their certification to adhere to.
You fill out the application on the site to be reviewed for either their Professional Virtual Assistant (PVA) or Master Virtual Assistant (MVA) certification. They require a fair amount of information, including your work history, diplomas or graduation certificates, or coursework transcript, Brainbench transcript and three professional references. The review of your history to determine if you can get the certification is $75.
Please note that I am not associated with either IVAA or VACertification.com. There are merely two of the companies I am aware of that do certification for virtual assistants. I would love to hear opinions on these two companies from working virtual assistants, especially if they could be shared here.
On the other hand, if you want to rely solely on your skills and not on certifications, think about which ones you are really strong in, versus the ones that could use improvement. You can take courses at your local community college to improve your skills in programs such as Excel, PowerPoint, Dreamweaver and so forth, or skill such as organization. You can test at Brainbench to show that you have the skills you claim.
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Who Can Be a Virtual Assistant?
Is this an easy field to get into? Can you just declare yourself to be a virtual assistant and start finding clients?
What Do You Need to Work as a Virtual Assistant?
Hey, you have a computer. Do you really need much more equipment to do a good job as a virtual assistant? Really?
Where Are All the Clients?
Getting your first clients can be pretty tough. There are a variety of ways you can get things started so that you can quickly build your virtual assistant business.
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