I'm looking for advice regarding which computer programs I should be proficient in using, such as Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, while working as a virtual assistant or data entry specialist? Any other advice would be greatly appreciated!...Thanks!
Some clients like to work with "google docs". Works similar like MS Office, but online and other users can directly view your document, edit or leave notes. Depending on the setting your document can be private, or only be shared with certain clients. Google docs offer a version of excel too. It's easy to use & free. The only thing you need is a google account.
While Microsoft uses MS Office like word and excel, Apple uses Pages and numbers. However, it's possible for Apple users to open MS Office documents, just the other way around it's a bit difficult. And that's another pro for using google.docs.
Google Calender, where you can schedule a client's appointment online.
I do not believe there are any "must know" computer programs.
Many virtual assistants are hired who never touch Microsoft Office applications. They may work exclusively using custom web applications created for a company, or exclusively using Google Docs, or only using a calendar program.
It is common for data entry workers to use only a single custom program or web application for a project.
Personally, if I hire someone to do a PowerPoint project, I prefer to hire someone who specializes in that tool. I don't want to hire someone who claims to be a master of dozens of programs, because that just means they are mediocre in all of them.
There is nothing wrong with being a person who provides service using the whole Microsoft Office suite. I am just saying that this is not the only kind of person who would be hired as a virtual assistant.