Definitely as a VA the tools and skills matter.. BIG TIME! You are hired for your services and you are expected to deliver. You are also expected to provide assistance and with that you must gear yourself with the proper tools.
For those newbie VAs or if you’re just still testing the waters if this kind of business is for you – check out my “check list” below and start prepping up for your virtual assistance business.
Here are my top 10 tools any Virtual Assistant must have
1. Google Drive – So if you are familiar with cloud sharing this is one of those tools that I heavily use. Most of the time client share information using this cloud service from google and I strongly suggest that you get familiar with this tool.
2. Dropbox – Another cloud sharing tool. Most of the time I use dropbox to share photos or videos, don’t get me wrong you can also share docs in this software. You can use the free version but it has limited storage space. Comparison on function and prices can be found here. I have a Pro Version and Yes I pay $8.25 per month for this.
3. Trello – When it comes to managing projects, trello has been my go-to place to manage and organize my projects. It’s really easy to use and it’s free to use as well. The drag and drop user interface of trello is really easy to use! If you want something to organize your projects, trello can be of help!
4. Google Calendar – Well like anybody else who wanted to stay track with meetings and to do’s I use google calendar to remind me a lot of things. It helps me focus as well when I need to work on a particular project. The reminder option can help me track what needs to be done for the day and this is really important if you work with multiple projects.
5. Time Doctor – If your client don’t have any time capturing software, time doctor can be the best one yet. You can use it for free and you can also create a time report for your clients. I also use it to keep track of my productivity levels.
6. Hootsuite – If you’re a social media marketer, or social media manager having a one stop shop for you to update and post new content for your client social media platforms, then hootsuite is for you! It helps you organize your social media platforms
7. Canva – Like in every situation your client might need you do some graphics design, or if you have to do some minor edits, Canva can hep. It’s really easy to use, and you have a lot of templates to choose from for your graphics design needs.
8. Last Pass – Working with different clients with different logins (especially if you’re a social media manager!)? This tool can really help you manage client logins and allow you to login automatically to any account with just one click.
9. Bitly – Are you a blogger? If you’re looking for an easy software to keep your long links short, you should use this. It also helps you to keep track of your blogs’ click rate.
10. Paypal – Working at the other side of the world can be really challenging especially when we’re talking about payment options. Been using paypal for more than 6 years and so far I didn’t have any issues with it.
Are you a VA? or do you know any other tools that help you in your VA biz? Let me know on the comments below!
Stay Happy! 🙂
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