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The 4 Skills You Need to BEFORE You Start to Work From Home!

We all read the advertisements, see the requirements, acknowledge the programs, decipher the needs of each client. You can spend thousands of dollars on courses and webinars but if you don’t have these 4 skills you will not get very far in the work-at-home world.

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1. Ability to work independently

If you are the type of person that needs to be told how and when to complete every task and then receive a pat on the head when you get it right, working from home may not be for you. In the WAH world, you MUST be able to work alone, without much supervision, and still accomplish your tasks for the day.

2. Self-discipline

The person who gets easily distracted by shiny things should not work from home. You really, really shouldn’t. If you find yourself getting hooked on the most recent Facebook quiz and suddenly lose several hours – this is a problem when working from home. You need to be able to use your time well. Don’t get lost on the internet or you will not be successful working from home.

3. Communication Skills

This is a skill that you can develop over time – but you may want to give yourself a head start if you are considering working from home. Effective communication implies that you know how to respond to emails, texts, and phone calls intelligently and quickly. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation should be your friend. A close friend. You cannot sell yourself, your business, or your services with sloppy grammar and horrible spelling. There are plenty of free resources on the internet to brush up on your skills. Here is a great grammar learning/testing site that is free:

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4. Socially Independent

Working from home can be lonely. If you are the type of person who, perhaps, need daily interaction with others you need to seriously consider your decision to work from home. Be prepared to join groups outside of your home so that you can get the socialization your heart desires without losing the drive to work from home. Social independence is hard to completely own. But it is important to be prepared by acknowledging the fact that you may have to expand to some other options in order to stay focused on your goal of working from home.


What do you think of this list of skills? Have you found these to be true? Others we should add? Let us know in the comments!

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~Empowered Mom Series~

If you missed my interview with the incredible Stacey Lehn she is offering a limited time replay via this link!

My interview is here.

Not only is RockingMama Virtual Assisting represented – the number of valuable women who came out and gave advice on conquering momhood is astounding.

Tune in to catch some valuable advice, learn some life lessons, and laugh a lot!



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Finding the Right Virtual Assistant

What is a VA? A Virtual Assistant is a one-stop shop for all of your back office needs. In my experience as a VA, I’ve been asked to do tasks from proofreading to writing, information management to content management, email management to social media management. But how do you find the RIGHT VA for your business? computer-416569_1920

Do I Need A Virtual Assistant?

If your business is growing – that’s great! If you are finding yourself in the following situations consider looking for help:

  • Less time for sales or the part of the business you enjoy.
  • Lost in digital paperwork.
  • Losing time working on tasks you don’t understand.
  • Know you could reach more clients/customers but you just don’t have the time to implement your marketing plan.

These are just a few examples of when it might be time to look for a virtual assistant.

Think about this before you search!

Every VA is different and fits into a different niche. But, before you start posting your opportunity decide/know:

  • What is your budget?
  • The average lowest hourly rate for a VA in the U.S. is $25/hour.
  • How many hours a week/month would you want a VA to assist you?
  • Decide on the tasks that your VA will need to perform.  Do this by making a physical list of those pesky tasks you just don’t have time for anymore.
  • Figure the number of hours these tasks would take you and add 2 hours to that number. By grabbing this estimate you will be better able to budget for the VA.
  • Decide on the maximum hourly/monthly wage you are willing to pay.  If only low-quality applicants are appearing than the rate of pay needs to increase.
  • What type of communication is expected? Are you going to require daily/weekly/ monthly check-ins, and updates?
  • Have a list of the software and apps already used in your business. When advertising for a VA it is crucial to find one that understands the programs you use so there is not a huge learning curve.

How Do I Find A Virtual Assistant?

There are many popular websites that a business can advertise their open position on. Some will charge (UpWork, and some are absolutely free (Facebook). No matter which you decide – there are pitfalls and advantages.

  • Paid sites –
    • Vetted candidates.
    • Freelancers on these sites pay a fee to be able to apply to job listings. In some cases, they will pay a fee out of their earnings so the applicants’ requested pay will likely be higher.
    • Testimonials from other clients they have worked with along with the pay and hours they have worked (specifically on UpWork) on each project.
  • Free sites –
    • Facebook is a wonderful place to source virtual assistants. Join a group or two specifically for posting positions for virtual assisting and you will have a plethora of responses.
    • These applicants, however, will need to be vetted personally. The pay will be less uniform since you will have applicants from all over the world (depending on the group you join).

How Do I Pick A Virtual Assistant?

Picking the right VA will have a lot to do with the tasks and projects. Here are my suggestions on selecting the right VA for your business:

  • Have a list of every task you will want your VA to complete.
  • Only ask for interviews if the VA can check off the majority of the tasks with experience. There is some wiggle room here as there may not be one person who can meet all of the criteria and some tasks will be specific to your business.
  • Meet face to face. There are a lot of messaging apps out there that allow real-time video conferencing. (Zoom, Google Hangouts) This is important to me because I feel like you can determine so much more by looking at a person’s face and seeing their reaction to specific questions or just getting a feel for their personality.
  • Make sure you “click”. This person is going to be responsible for the majority of your back office tasks. Make sure you feel good about him or her. If you get a bad feeling – it’s probably for a good reason. When you find the right VA you will feel good about turning over tasks to them. Your business is your baby – so think of it as finding a babysitter for a child. You want to trust them with your most important creation.
  • Ask questions. Here is a list of valuable questions to ask during your interview:
    • Are you willing to learn new things? Apps? Software?
    • Are you a quick learner?
    • What are your available hours? Are you ever available outside of business hours?
    • How would you want to be paid? PayPal? EFT?
    • What is your general turn-around time for projects and tasks?
    • Ask for samples of work or referrals from other clients. While a VA who is just starting out won’t have referrals from past clients you can still ask for references – just like in a traditional application process in a traditional office environment.
    • Ask for pricing up-front. Ask for a quote once you have informed a potential VA of the tasks you will be giving them.

I Am Ready For A Virtual Assistant!

Decided a VA is a correct choice for your business? Fantastic! Here are the links to several popular sites and ones that I have used myself both as a virtual assistant and as a client.




Facebook is also a valuable resource to post jobs – especially if you are looking for new virtual assistants. Join groups labeled “Virtual Assisting Jobs” and you will find a valuable resource of many potential VA’s.

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