The term Virtual Assistant has blown up in recent years in popularity and everybody wants to learn more about it or become a VA themselves.
When I began my VA journey over a year ago I had no idea what sort of skills that I should be offering my clients. I knew what I was good at and I went from there, but just because you’re good at something it doesn’t necessarily mean that other’s need or want that skill.
I have comprised the top 10 Virtual Assistant skills out there right now based on my extensive research and experience within the industry. If you are looking to become a VA or know someone who is, have them check out this list of skills and they can hit the ground running!
1. General Admin/Customer Service - There are so many things that are covered under this section, but it is definitely one that will always be needed. Some things that fall under this category are document preparation, answering phone calls, answering emails, bookkeeping, or project management.
2. Social Media Management - Most business know that social media will help with advertisement, but a lot of businesses don’t know how to go about it. That’s where a VA can come in and help. They can help create graphics, write copy, schedule posts, manage Facebook groups, and create Ads. This takes a lot of time and thought, and most business owners need to delegate this task.
3. Podcast management - Podcasts are becoming more and more popular and the need for podcast managers is growing. A podcast manager would help record, edit, research, and market.
4. YouTube management - YouTube is also a growing area for businesses. A YouTube manager will help edit, record, research and market much like a podcast manager.
5. Pinterest management - Pinterest is a great free resource to bring customers to your site. It’s a search engine, like Google, but you also need beautiful graphics to draw people in. A Pinterest manager will know how to create those graphics, use keywords to optimize the pin, make all your boards visually appealing, and pin related content to your boards.
6. Graphic and Web Design - Most businesses need a website and with every website, you’ll need a graphic and/or web designer. Most of the time the website is the first impression given to your customers. A great web designer can capture their attention and hopefully make the sale.
7. Funnels and Landing Pages - Being able to create great funnels and landing pages will bring in more paying customers and increase profits. A landing page is a one-page website you send your customers to, to either buy something or sign up for a freebie in exchange for an email address. A sales funnel is a series of emails you send a customer or potential customer to increase sales. As you can see, these are great skills to be able to offer.
8. Blogging/Copywriting - Having a blog on your website can potentially bring in more customers by helping you ranking in search engines. Being able to write great copy can also help you be seen on social media platforms. Being able to write great blog posts is a great skill to be able to offer business owners.
9. Online Business Management (OBM) - An online business manager runs an online based business’s daily operations to give the owner more time to focus on the growth of the business. An OBM would manage projects, operations, other employees, etc…
10. SEO Management - SEO, or search engine optimization, is how your website is found on search engines. By knowing what they are looking for you can use keywords that will get your site seen. By being a great SEO manager, you have knowledge of internet marketing as well as SEO.
As you can see there are many opportunities for virtual assistants right now. If there is something you’re interested in but don’t have the skills, there are plenty of online courses available that will have you working in no time!
For a more extensive list of skills, get my 75 Things You Can Outsource to a VA to give you even more ideas and skills to offer. But remember not to bite off more than you can chew!!