Just like there are certain skills that are helpful for a virtual assistant to possess there are also certain traits that it is good for a virtual assistant to have as well. Because of the nature of the work we do as virtual assistants it is important to have certain character traits. They simply lend themselves to the types of things we do and handle. These character traits include, but are not limited to:
Traits Needed to Become a Virtual Assistant
Responsible – Because you are working for other people and taking the responsibilities of their business upon yourself it is important that you take this seriously. It does take someone who is responsible to do this.
Self-driven- It is very important that you be driven as a virtual assistant because of the fact that it is a business where you must push yourself to do the work. It is your business and you’re responsible for whether or not the work gets done. There is no one (such as a boss) there to push you therefore you must be able to push yourself.
Trustworthy – You are dealing with the private information of other people and their businesses. It is very important that you can be trusted with that information. It is of utmost importance and can not be taken lightly, without this trait your business is sure to fail.
Reliability – The ability to deliver what you promise when you promised it. This is what people hire you for as a virtual assistant to do the jobs and tasks that they hire you to do. Again, this is a trait that could make or break your business.
Creativity – Sometimes it takes thinking outside the box to get things done as a virtual assistant. That’s where creativity comes into play and can be a valuable trait to possess.
Though I know there are dozens of others that could benefit you as a virtual assistant, in my mind these are five specific important traits to have in order to be successful as a virtual assistant.
For more information on becoming a virtual assistant check out the Getting Started as a Virtual Assistant Hangouts.