Are you sick and tired of searching for online jobs with little to no success?
Do you constantly worry that you have no experience working online? Yet most of the jobs you come across require that you have some online work experience? And you even wonder if you can work online from Kenya?
Worry no more. That’s about to change.
We are going to show you how to get online jobs as a virtual assistant even if you have no experience.
But before we go into that, are you an experienced Virtual Assistant? Apply for online jobs at Kazi Work today.
What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?
As a Virtual Assistant, you work remotely providing technical, administrative, and business assistance to clients.
The truth is: online entrepreneurs and local businesses need help in running their daily operations. Help that you as a Virtual Assistant can offer from the comfort of your home.
It doesn’t matter if you are in Nairobi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kisii, Mombasa, or anywhere else in Kenya.
As long as you have a stable internet connection and a functional computer, you are good to work. And speaking of internet connection, you have several options:
- Safaricom; with fast and reliable home fibre internet
- Telkom; offers the unlimited home plan
- Zuku; with amazing internet packages
- Airtel; offers amazing and daily data bundles
With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at common Virtual Assistant duties;
- Word Processing
- Project Management
- Graphical Presentation
- Marketing Support
- Mail, E-mail Services
- Writing, Editing, and Proofreading
- Internet Marketing, Social Media
- Secretarial and Telephone services
- Web Design, Development and Maintenance
- Database Management and Data processing
Also, read 84 time saving tasks for Virtual Assistants.
You now have an idea of what a Virtual Assistant does, right? Let’s now see how you can become a Virtual Assistant although you don’t have online work experience yet.
How to Become a Virtual Assistant: Even If You Have No Experience?
To become an efficient and professional Virtual Assistant, you need to know more than just the basics. Meaning, you need specific skills to help you to do your work efficiently and in good time.
So, what are these skills we’re talking about? Read them next.
Know How to Use Common Applications
You need to familiarise yourself with common applications from Microsoft and Google. These applications form the backbone of most of the administrative tasks that you will be assigned.
Therefore, be good at using:
Master Specific Tasks
You need to build your confidence and demonstrate to an employer that you are capable of completing specific tasks. Therefore, don’t waste your time trying to be a Jack of all trades and a master of none. Instead, start small. Think of one task that you can do really well.
Tasks such as:
- Writing an About Us Page
- Copywriting for eCommerce customers
- Rewriting product descriptions
- Answering customer queries via Live chat
- Creating a Pinterest board for the employer
Just one small well-mastered task is a good way to get your foot in the door. That way, you can gradually manage your client’s expectations as you take on more tasks. And you will be confident doing them.
Learn How to Do Proper Research Online
It makes a huge difference when you’re resourceful and knowledgeable in doing online research. That’s because, often, you will be required to do research projects for your client.
Therefore, you need basic internet research skills to help you find relevant information quickly. While at it, you also need to learn how to use search engines effectively for everyday work.
Master Social Media Marketing
Social media is a powerful platform that you can use to promote your client’s brand.
However, you should know that social media marketing is not about a few posts and tweets here and there. You need to establish a strong online presence and brand recognition.
To help you achieve this, you need to:
- Have a creative mind
- Strategize and plan
- Hone your writing skills
- Understand how content works on the social web
- Learn the latest digital marketing trends
Perfect Your English Language
The Kenyan School Curriculum is offered in British English. Plus, English is Kenya’s official language. So it is safe to say your English is good. But, if your English is not as good as it should be, you can perfect it.
Because it’s a standard industry requirement that every Virtual Assistant should have a good command of the English language – both oral and written. You’ll be expected to communicate effectively and mostly in English.
Here are a few tips to help you perfect your English:
- Keep listening, reading, writing, and speaking in English
- Watch English YouTube videos on your favourite topics and talk back to the presenter
- Interact more with English speaking people within your local area
- Sign up for an English language training course to perfect your English quickly and with less effort. Check out the list of places where you can learn English in Kenya
Follow these tips and soon you’ll become better at speaking and writing in English.
Easy Ways to Get A Virtual Assistant Job
Although you don’t necessarily need prior online work experience, you can still get a Virtual Assistant job easily. You need will power, consistency, and a positive attitude. Then you can follow these easy ways to get yourself a virtual assistant job.
Offer a 1-Week Cheap Trial to an Employer in a High Growth Industry
Aiming for “any job” will get you nowhere. So, narrow your focus to one industry with lots of opportunities. (eCommerce is a great option). Then volunteer for a one week paid trial of say $100 (small amount). You can then negotiate for a better rate as you go on.
Sign up With a Relevant Job Board
A good online job market place (not the likes of Upwork and iWriter) will give access to job nice listings that you can apply for.
Join Virtual Assistant Facebook Groups
Here you will surround yourself with people working in the Virtual Assistance industry. You can read their stories, network, and even make new friends. And through networking, you will learn valuable leads that will land you an online job as a Virtual Assistant.
Here are some suggestions:
Newbie, You’re Hired!
You’ve just learnt how to become a virtual assistant even with no experience. So don’t get caught complaining that there no online jobs for you in Kenya.
Take action now. Send your resume to Kazi Work or browse and apply for the jobs listed. And soon you’ll be a hired newbie.