During these trying times, more and more people are on the lookout for remote working positions. Job adverts on Adzuna for work-from-home opportunities increased exponentially over the last few months. From writer to customer consultant, the opportunities are everywhere to be found. One such role is that of a virtual assistant.
In this post, we’ll help you understand what a virtual assistant is, where you can find positions like these, and what kind of skills you’ll need to bag this remote working position!
What is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant (VA) is an individual that works with clients from a remote location, providing business support for a fee. This career holds various opportunities that can range from admin work to more complex, creative projects like social media management.
Where can I find a VA opportunity?
Remote assistant jobs are gaining traction, not only in South Africa but all over the world. Small businesses, busy professionals and even multinational organisations require assistance from professionals. In general, virtual assistants work as outsourced professionals. These positions don’t usually include perks like medical aid, travel expenses and retirement annuity contributions, which is why it is cheaper for companies to outsource these services.
Various virtual assistant roles to explore
The term virtual assistant is very broad, but there are actually a variety of different roles you can explore within this niche. These include:
Social Media VA
Most businesses need someone to manage their social media accounts because campaign posts and tracking the effectiveness of social media marketing is a time-consuming task. If you work within the social media arena, you’ll be helping your clients with managing their social media presence.
E-commerce companies may need additional hands for a variety of projects such as managing inventories, orders, returns, and customer queries. If you’re interested in product launches and brand promotion, this is your ideal role.
Virtual Admin Assistant
Admin assistants manage daily admin duties like calendar creation and email management. In most cases, these jobs are offered by startups, small businesses and solo entrepreneurs who just need an extra hand. This is also a great entry position for those looking to build their experience in the VA arena.
Who should apply for virtual assistant roles?
In order to be an effective VA, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate that you are trustworthy, personable, patient, and very organised. Any work experience and professional skills will count in your favour, and if you’ve already got some remote working experience, you’ll increase your chances of landing a VA job.
If you’re keen on exploring your career options during these crazy times, now is the ideal time to head over to Adzuna’s listings and start applying for attractive jobs. We list all the jobs in one place, bringing you one step closer to the career of your dreams!