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5 More Traits That Will Make You a High-Performing Virtual Assistant

Last year, we wrote a blog about The Non-Negotiable Traits That Every High-Performing Virtual Assistant Needs. And since it’s been twelve whole months since we gave all of you hardworking VAs some insightful advice, we’re back with more!


Without further ado, here are some qualities that could help you thrive as a virtual assistant.


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You’re an Excellent Communicator


While working in a remote environment is more convenient and cost-efficient than having to commute to an office every day, it’s not quite the same as working face-to-face with your colleagues.


In this kind of setting, where most of your communication will be done through apps like Slack or Trello, it’s very easy to misunderstand instructions. But if you have good oral and written communication skills and, most importantly, enough patience, you can make sure everyone is on the same page.


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You Have Great Attention to Detail


Virtual assistants need to have great attention to detail in order to get every task done to the highest standard.


This doesn’t necessarily mean that you must do everything perfectly on the first try. What’s important is that you clarify the specs of each task as much as you can right at the onset, to minimize mistakes and misunderstandings. And whenever you finish a task, give it a second look to see if there are any minor errors or things you can improve before you hand it in.


Simple things like these can make all the difference.


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You Can Block Out Distractions


As a virtual assistant, you’ll most likely be working in front of your laptop for eight hours straight. And since your laptop is also where you usually browse Facebook and watch all your favorite Netflix shows, the temptation to just start doing all of that when work gets boring is as real as it can get. Not to mention, if you’re working remotely, your bed is probably only steps away—and so is a nap.


However, it’s your responsibility to rein in your impulses and discipline yourself. Try out strategies for blocking out these distractions so that you don’t disrupt your own productivity and maintain the steady workflow of your company.


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You Are Truthful At All Times


Honesty really is the best policy. In fact, your candor is what could separate you from a lot of other virtual assistants.


For example, there is no shame in admitting that you don’t quite understand a task. That’s actually a lot better than just charging ahead without all the necessary information and hoping for the best. When you do that, you’re just wasting your time and effort—and the time and resources of your company.


While it’s important to appear confident, don’t fake it if you’re truly out of your depth. Recognize when it’s time to ask for help getting the job done. After all, that’s what a team is for!


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You Ask The Right Questions


We’ve established that asking for help and clarifying details with your colleagues is important, so you don’t end up wasting your time, your company’s time, and your client’s time. But it’s not as simple as listing everything you don’t know. Sometimes, that can even come off as complaining, and it’s not productive for anyone.


Asking the right questions will help you acquire exactly what you need to get the job done. It helps to review all the instructions that you’ve been given and think of what information, resources, or guidance you may need in order to accomplish the task.


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The Last Word


There you have it! These are some more qualities that can help you grow as a VA. All these skills are things that you can get better at over time; the most important thing is to practice and develop them as early as possible. And if you’d like more tips, feel free to follow our blog!

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