It is not possible that there is even one virtual assistant that didn’t want a permanent job or client, especially with virtual assistants in the Philippines where every hour of work counts. However, what used to be a playground for just a handful of professional virtual assistants for continuous flow of VA work is now seemingly saturated with other VAs vying for the same. Suddenly, work seems hard to come by and when they do, you can hardly count on it to last. Among other things that you worry about your VA career, the issue of being “indispensable” occupies your mind. You may or may not agree that the idea is even possible, but then again you do want to feel very much valued by your boss or your client that letting you go would be the last thing they would do.
We hear a lot of virtual assistants doing work outside of their job description. Try not to complain right away but instead take that new work as a paid opportunity to learn something new that later on could earn you promotion or increased market value. This will demonstrate your ability to deliver quality work despite varying circumstances. If the new work leads to specialized responsibility that you have the potential to master, then discreetly speak to your employer or boss for a possible rate increase for greater work responsibilities.
Own your employer or client’s business
Even as a virtual assistant, you can still “own” your employer or client’s business by becoming thoroughly knowledgeable about its industry and customers as well as its customer’s pain. If you know more than just the information that was offered for you then you will have better understanding of the importance of the tasks at hand even if in the beginning the tasks appear to be non-essential.
Be and act as a thought leader
If the issues surrounding the industry of your employer or client has some public relevance to it then be empowered enough to “echo” that message to anyone you know – in blogs or social media. Do not underestimate your ability to make an impact even at your work level, as well as the power of the internet to resonate a relevant message far and wide.
Being a good team player as well as an independent worker
Your employer or client will appreciate your efforts if you could show equal ability in producing quality work as a soloist or as a team member. As two or more heads are better than one, your core competencies will stand out even in team work when you know how to collaborate and make effective use of your ideas along with others.
Be the go-to person
While generalist gets the job, specialist keeps the job. By specializing in a skill you create a premium for your work in the eyes of your client and co-workers, in that you become the go-to person. If you know of one type of critical work that matters so much to the business of your client then you might want to master that not only to prove that you now take it upon yourself to be responsible with “results” but also make your service highly indispensable.