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May
30

Continuing Education: Improving Your Skillset and Services as a Virtual Assistant

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va-seriesOffering social media management and consulting services to clients is one of those things I sort of fell into. When I started working online as a virtual assistant social networks were in their infancy. MySpace was dying with Facebook and Twitter quickly gaining traction. Facebook spoke to the extrovert in me; couple that with working from home and social media soon became close to an obsession for me. It was a client’s prompting that had me looking at my near obsession through a different lens and started making money offering my social media knowledge and experience to clients as a service.

As an entrepreneur and freelance virtual assistant it is important to keep up to date not only on the latest programs, software and, in some cases, social networking sites. It’s important to also be up to date on the latest trends and advances within one’s industry. The following is how continue my education regularly.

Online Groups – There are a few virtual assistant groups that I have connected with and regularly follow. Interaction with other virtual assistants is a great way of picking up other tips, tricks, and even skills. Facebook and Google+ both have excellent virtual assistant groups to join. One that I am a part of is Virtual Assistant Community. (Google+ calls their groups ‘communities.’)

Blogs – Each week I set aside one full hour to read up on specific blogs. For me, with regards to my particular niche I read blogs of other virtual assistants, social media marketers, copy editors and publishers. Some virtual assistant blogs I read include The Naked Blog, Virtual Word Publishing, Step It Up VA, and Next Level VA.

Books – There are several good virtual assistant books out there right now. One specific resource which delivers above and beyond is Virtual Assistant – The Series by Diana Ennen & Kelly Poelker.

Webinars & Teleseminars – Whether you call in on the phone or log into a site online, there are tons of webinars out there. I keep a spreadsheet of the webinars and teleseminars I take part in with the date, title, link, presenter and topic. Oftentimes people give updated versions in preceding years and all of us can use a refresher course from time to time. On VANetworking.com you can find numerous free webinars about being a virtual assistant.

In my next post I will share more ways you can continue your education with more links to get you started. But in the meantime, I want to hear from you. What online groups, blogs, books and webinars do you enjoy and would recommend to our readers? Be sure to share in the comments below.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pebbles Jacobo is the owner of A&P Virtual Enterprises, which she, with the guidance of her husband, started when she began  working from home as a VA (Virtual Assistant) several years ago. As Content Manager of CWAHM, Pebbles found herself thoroughly intrigued and fascinated with the world of social media. Her love of social media has grown over the years.  She now offers Social Media Marketing, as well as Blog Management, Editing, E-Book Formatting and Conversion, VA Training, and a host of other services to her clients, which include speakers, authors and entrepreneurs alike.  Connect with Pebbles on Facebook and Google+.

Comments

  1. Hi Pebbles – I just wanted to thank you for the mentioning my blog as one of the ones you set aside time to read each week. It is an honor to be included with the other amazing women you featured as well. I enjoy your posts and site content very much, as my faith is a central part of my life.

    Have a great weekend,
    Lisa

  2. Eva Sheryl says:

    I appreciate from your this post thanks for sharing with us.

  3. Pebbles Jacobo says:

    Absolutely, Eva!

  4. Pebbles Jacobo says:

    Lisa,
    Thank YOU for providing the NEXT LEVEL of services. Faith is important. To be a powerhouse we have to be grounded to a firm foundation. Jesus is my firm foundation and guide.

    Blessings!
    Pebbles