“How do I translate my skills from a non-administrative job into a VA relatable skill?”
Some of the best virtual assistants I know didn’t come from an administrative background, and yet, became very successful as virtual assistants.
Sure, it helps if you have a strong admin background but it is absolutely not a requirement.
Case in point, I coached a new virtual assistant that was a full-time 6th-grade teacher who became a sought-after virtual assistant.
Watching my clients transform from full-time teacher to full-time virtual assistant, I realized that teachers (plus a ton of other backgrounds!) have transferable skills.
Teachers are skilled at creating lesson plans and implementing those plans.
Clients are looking for someone to help them create a plan of action and implement that plan.
Teachers are great with time management.
Virtual assistants need to be on the ball with time management.
Teachers know how to solve problems and are amazing with customer service (parent/teacher meetings, dealing with concerned parents).
Clients need virtual assistants to help solve their most burning problems.
Today, teachers and a whole SLEW of other fields (like yours) take advantage of technology. Here are just some of the technology people like you are using to help them do their job:
- Google Documents
- Google Spreadsheets
- Google Slides (just like PowerPoint)
- Email newsletters
- Online polls
- Updating website content
- Managing busy calendars (I’m looking at you stay-at-home moms with busy schedules)
It’s not just technology…you have transferable skills if you’re…
- A great communicator
- Can manage expectations and instill confidence
- A problem solver
What marketable skills do you have right now that you can transfer to a career as a virtual assistant?
If you are a stay-at-home mom that juggles a very busy calendar, you have transferable skills.
Knowing how to run and manage a busy household is no joke and requires a lot of organizational know-how with a pinch of strong project management skills.
If you ever worked in a store and managed people and merchandise, you have transferable skills.
If you have ever worked as a part of a team towards a project (could be school related, volunteer related, etc) you have transferable skills.
If you love to write and find yourself journaling all the time, you have transferable skills.
You have transferable skills that you can market today that you didn’t even realize you had to start your own VA business. I can help you figure out what they are.
With new online businesses popping up each day, the need for quality virtual assistants is greater than ever.