I’ve been posed this question a few times… each week. LOL! Heck, even my husband would suddenly ask this if I’d go for hours quietly at work. I have a little corner at home where I’d be found working. And he’s peer and ask, what are you doing?
“The usual, love.”
“Like what usual?”
Oh, yeah. I forget. VA-ing and blogging. Well, mostly blogging now, I’d tell. Then he’d go, do other VAs work as much as you? Or blog like you do? Or have far less hours spent online.
“It depends, love…” Blah, blah, blah. “You going to sleep now?” Of course, he’s off to bed… Silly!
A peck goodnight, a really good rub in the back and he comes closer to whisper… “You’re beginning to look exactly like a computer.”
Laugh. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
I turned off the PC, left work for tomorrow and head off to bed. Gawd, that was scary.
Anyways, VAs have lots of work to do. That’s just how it goes, at least for me.
But if you’re asking what other virtual assistants do, here goes:
What does a virtual assistant do?
It actually depends on the virtual assistant. Some base their VA work solely on their expertise; sort of staying in their comfort zone. Others take on a variety of work all closely related to each other. Some would risk to doing new things, learning a specific skill along the way. The answer to this is: whatever you are prepared and willing to do, that’s what your virtual assistant job would be.
But mostly, what a VA does is provide support and services based on their capability. They are required to work on specified hours and paid for such, while others have different arrangements with their clients regarding rates and work schedule. Some jobs also require specific skills apart from regular tasks, like the ability to write web content or build websites, create customizations or tending to cold calls.
The point here is that VAs have varied tasks and work hours but one expected end: produce quality output.
So is this what a VA would be doing for a long time?
Well, no. Definitely not.
A dedicated VA could go places and do something better. Experience and potential would give any interested person bigger opportunities. This is to say that while VAs start as online service providers, they could do more along the way and become experts at a certain field. Speaking from where I’m at, give it two years or more and a VA could take a giant step out of the box.
There are also VAs who, apart from specializing on particular tasks, would take subcontract jobs from other VAs to learn other fields. I’ve tried this a few times because I’m mostly a writer and need more time to focus on web content writing. So I trained two VAs to work on social media accounts management and customer support. If you are interested in a specific job that requires more of backlinking and SEO but tasked as well to do administrative support, you could hook up with another experienced or learning VA.
Why am I saying this?
Because being a virtual assistant is about choosing to grow in that career. With the right attitude and a handful of acquired knowledge and skills, you won’t just be doing what newbie VAs do. Those with advanced skills and extensive experience could land a job at managing a team of online service providers; those who are effective at marketing and content would likely get high-paying posts; while those who prove to be a whiz at creative designs and web development could do the same.
Yes, you’d still be called a virtual assistant by most, but your portfolio would speak differently. This, you can actually demand for jobs with higher payment and work with newbies as support. Thus, a small virtual assistant business is born. But that will come later.
For now, if you’re asked, “What do you do as a virtual assistant?” – declare with pride: “I do greater things than what I’m expected to do.”