How to become a Virtual Assistant

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: March 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Virtual assistants provide administrative services for a range of commercial clients on a freelance basis, typically operating from a home-based or small rented office. Services provided by virtual assistants include answering calls and e-mails, secretarial and administrative tasks, bookkeeping, payroll, diary management, transcription, filing, event and travel booking, and data entry.

Some virtual assistants provide specialist services such as website design and updating, desktop publishing and marketing. Virtual assistants typically work on long- and short-term contracts for their clients, or are contracted on an occasional basis to cover sick leave or holidays.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a virtual assistant. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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