As one of Australia’s leading virtual assistant service providers, we’re pretty confident we have a good grip on what makes a successful remote virtual staff member. We’ve matched hundreds of candidates who have what it takes to be successful remote workers with roles that fit their skills and personalities.

Of course, some people are more suited for remote work than others!

Are you a recent corporate-office worker who’s thinking of a more exciting workplace at home?

Or maybe you’re a newbie in the virtual workforce and you’re still adjusting to your daily work routine.

While remote working might seem cruise-y, it comes with its own unique challenges. Do you have what it takes to successfully work remotely? And more importantly, how can newbies and remote workers alike succeed in the virtual workplace?

 

 

Know yourself

This might sound a little bit too “life coach-y”, but take our word for it, your personality is a huge determinant of your success as a virtual assistant!

Many companies implement virtual working arrangements for their employees for a range of reasons.

But it takes a certain personality to thrive in a remote working arrangement – workers should assess whether their personality fits a home-office environment

One of the biggest differences between home-working and an office? A lack of interaction with other co-workers.

Some people are most productive when they’re alone in their own bubble and working independently – if that sounds like you, then by all means, go right on ahead!

However, if you happen to work best in a team with interaction, conversation and face-to-face meetings, then it might be best to reconsider shifting to a virtual workspace.

Ask yourself:

 

  • How much do I value social interaction?
  • Do I rely on others to bounce ideas off of?
  • Can I handle the isolation?

 

Another thing to think about is your ability to manage your own time. Not everyone is born with a knack for timetables and schedules – some people might need oversight to keep on track.

Just to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with that! But if that describes you to a tee, then a virtual role might not be for you.

 

Am I a good communicator?

Oh, we’re not talking about your vocabulary or public speaking skills (though you should definitely brush up on those too)!

Rather, we’re talking about how good you are at keeping in touch with your in-office colleagues.

While you might be working from home, you’re still part of a team. The left hand needs to know what the right hand is doing, so to speak – and that necessitates good communication with your teammates.

If you think virtual working is akin to being a hermit that doesn’t have to report to your boss as long as you get paid, you’re dead wrong. The most successful virtual assistants are the ones that keep in touch with their coworkers and superiors.

In fact, some of the best virtual assistants we’ve seen are the chronic oversharers. You might bemoan excessive status updates and posts clogging up your social media, but when it comes to virtual staffing, that’s almost a prerequisite for success!

Simply put, keeping in touch is a lot harder when working remotely. Without the benefit of a shared office space, you’ll need to compensate for the distance yourself.

Communication is one of the most important ingredients for success in the virtual workplace. Keep your team members posted on what you’re up to – don’t hesitate to chip in with ideas or ask for guidance, and make a habit of sending out regular status updates.

Not only does this facilitate a more effective team dynamic, but it also shows your bosses that you’re still getting things done!

 

Are you proactive?

Initiative is something every good supervisor should be encouraging in their staff.

But while for most positions it falls under the “nice-to-have” category, for remote working positions, it’s a must-have.

Thanks to your isolation, you can’t always rely on management to give you direction. That means having to make decisions on your own.

Ask yourself whether you’re the type of person who:

 

  • Sets their own goals
  • Is capable of making their own schedule
  • Doesn’t need constant supervision or instruction

 

You can still succeed without these things, of course – maintaining clear lines of communication can compensate for this (see the previous point). Of course, it does make things a smidge harder!

 

Do you get distracted?

We get it, we really do. The workday is long, the newborn woke you up in the middle of the night and your morning caffeine injection has worn off.

It’s only natural that you occasionally find your attention drifting from your work to the upcoming footy match or your hands wandering towards your mobile. There’s nothing wrong with that!

It’s when this is a recurring issue however that things get a bit murky.

If you struggle to stay on task in the office, what’s going to happen if you work from home? On top of the normal distractors, now you’ve got to watch out for pets, chores and the warm, warm embrace of bed as well!

You might be at home, but that doesn’t mean you can get off work!

The home is chock full of distractions and diversions. If you’re the type of person who just can’t help themselves, it might be best to reconsider your options.

Virtual staffing: it’s a matter of choice

Choosing to work in a home-based setting can work for others… be warned however, it’s not necessarily for everyone.

What we’re trying to get at is before committing to a remote working arrangement, you need to determine you’re the type of person who’ll thrive working online before taking the plunge into the virtual workplace.

Looking for tips on how to maximise your productivity? Click here to read our productivity hacks!

 

Find virtual roles with a virtual assistant service

Get in touch with VirtualStaff365!

Let’s say you’ve gone through the entire list. You’ve looked at yourself and determined that yes, you tick all these boxes.

Great! Now comes the hard bit: finding a remote working opportunity!

Despite its increasing popularity, many employers still don’t offer remote working arrangements, whether due to stigma or simply lacking the resources to set one up.

That’s where we come in.

VirtualStaff365 partners with small and medium-sized companies in Australia to offer virtual assistant service.

And for you, that means connecting you with a work-from-home job that fits into your life.

If you’re based in the Philippines or South Africa and know you have the necessary skills to work with an overseas client, then check our job openings here and send us your CV.

Have questions? Get in touch with us here!