Virtual Administrative Professional: Working from Home

Virtual Assistant DefinitionVirtual administrative professionals are on the increase. More and more companies are outsourcing administrative work to freelance professionals who are able to do the job without incurring overhead costs such as workers compensation, health insurance and other perks. Add to that the perks of working at home and the reason for the explosion in popularity is obvious.

Administrative professionals are turning to freelance in order to be able to stay at home with their children, continue their education or to be their own boss. Many individual virtual administrative professionals have started their own companies due to an expanding workload.

Getting Started

The first step in becoming a virtual administrator is being ready to handle clients once they are landed. That means having at least a basic home office set up and ready to go before handing out one business card or sending one proposal. Instead of having a supply room to go to, the multitasking is from home and the supply store is across town. Best to make sure the office is ready. So, what are the basic necessities?

  • Computer
  • Word processing and Spreadsheet Software
  • Backup Software
  • Email Client
  • File Folders (some files must be kept permanently)
  • Pens and Paper

This is a very basic list, but is enough to get started with. Most everything will be computerized making the backup a necessity not a luxury. Telling a client that all their data is lost is going to hurt you both monetarily and professionally.

Finding Work

Before leaving a day job and jumping head first into virtual administration visit some of the online companies that pair up virtual workers with companies. Next, network with other professionals in the community to find out their thoughts on virtual administrative professionals.


  • Elance is an online virtual freelance clearing house. Offering virtual work in several categories, from Administrative Professional to Writing and Web Design, they post jobs that interested parties can then place bids on. For those who are interested in finding out more about Elance there is Elance for Beginners.
  • GoFreelance is another online site dedicated to matching companies looking for work up to people willing to provide it. Like Elance, jobs are bid on and there is a small fee when jobs are complete.
  • Another option is to spread the word concerning services offered, timeliness of work, and rate charged. Create a brochure identifying services and send them around to offices in the community. Post the listing on Craigslist and in newspapers.

Virtual administrative professionals are here to stay. With technology making it easier and easier to join a meeting from almost anywhere in the world and businesses looking to cut costs, it only makes sense that work is done from home if at all possible. It’s a win-win situation for both the company and the worker.

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