When I first started out, I didn’t have a clue on what I need to start out to become a virtual assistant. So I’ve come up with a list to show the top 3 tools that a virtual assistant must absolutely have before starting out:
1. Computer – To be able to work virtually, you need to own a computer! I prefer laptops than desktops as they provide you instant mobility. You can work anywhere you want—at home, coffee shop, my in-laws place, beach, basically anywhere! Of course, as long as there’s internet connection… I used to own a 2nd hand Macbook and it got destroyed because of Typhoon Ondoy. This disaster came at the point in my life when I was serving my last 30 days in my previous call center job. Talk about BAD timing! Anyway, I asked around for help and my HS best friend was able to ask a loan from one of his colleagues for me. I borrowed 20k and I was able to buy a brand new Acer Aspire 4736z for about 27k. I was able to repay it in 2 months time. I knew I can do it because I badly need the laptop for my newfound career! Although I so wanted to get a Macbook Pro but at that time, I just needed a laptop for work… to be able to work. Someday I will get my hands on that bloody MB Pro!
2. Internet Connection – You need a fast and reliable internet connection. We used to have Globe Internet (the wired one) when we were still living in San Juan. One of the things I learned from the previous outsourcing company I worked with was always to have a Plan B. So I went out and applied for Plan B with Sun. I got their wireless broadband USB. I even got it a discounted price as I was a postpaid subscriber. When we moved, Globe was out of the picture but I retained my Sun Broadband subscription and up to this day, this is what I use for my internet connection. It’s faster than Globe tattoo I tell you! I even bought their router to be able to work virtually anywhere in our house and of course get wireless connected.
3. Headset – I’ve used and owned a couple of headsets. My primary reason for purchasing one is to be able to easily talk to people online. The right headset makes a whole lot of difference! I strongly recommend you get the USB headset ones as they provide a nicer sound than those with the standard 3.5 mm jacks.