Nowadays, having a virtual assistant is not luxury or “chic”, but a great necessity. If you are considering a virtual assistant job, know that becoming a virtual secretary or virtual PA in the UK is a fantastic avenue for PAs, EAs and administrative staff looking for increased flexibility in their professional life. A virtual PA will use all the abilities that they’ve developed as an onsite PA or EA role, but works remotely. As such, they will provide remote assistance like writing reports, conducting research and events.

With such a broad range of skills, a virtual assistant in the UK may also help with a wide range of personal tasks including travel planning for a family, running personal errands or lifestyle management. How to become a virtual assistant? Most UK based virtual assistant jobs are filled by experienced PAs and EAs or administrative staff with great attention to detail. Attention to detail, capability to multitask and prioritisation are key skills to becoming a virtual assistant.

As a virtual office assistant, you must have access to a PC or laptop computer, Ms Office suite, mobile phone and any other relevant video technology like Zoom or Skype. Experience in using tools such as Basecamp, Trello or Slack will also be advantageous.

It is not the kind of job where you can afford to slack off. Word can get around quickly about how good or not good you are as a VA. You can’t simply choose when you want to work and hope that clients will fit in with you. There will be deadlines you’ll need to meet, times when a client will want to call you, and times of the month where you’ll need to be available to undertake a specific task such as invoicing.

Being a quality Virtual Assistant isn’t as simple as it might appear on the surface. Time helps, but you also need to be committed to self-improvement and be willing and able to recover from mistakes and setbacks with grace.

Get in touch with me at enquiries@globalvirtualpartners.com to find out more and let’s work together to empower you on your business journey.