Learn Microsoft Office – One Of The Skills You Need To Become A Virtual Assistant

By January 16, 2008 Uncategorized 5 Comments

I’m often asked what kind of skills you need to become a Virtual Assistant. Well, this depends on the services you want to offer. One basic piece of software you need to know how to use is Microsoft Office.

I can recommend a resource where you can learn Microsoft Office for under $35. Rather than getting them sent to you in the mail, you download PDF manuals for Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook. Each manual is a standalone, all-in-one guide covering basic to advanced features and showing you shortcuts wherever possible. You also get a FREE ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MEMBER’S AREA where you can get ongoing support. I think that’s fantastic. 

You don’t need to know Word, Excel AND Powerpoint to start your business. You could start with Word, then learn Powerpoint and Excel later.

The Learn Microsoft Office manuals are good for beginners and those wanting to brush up on their skills and offer other services to clients.

If you want to work with professional speakers for example, you’ll get more clients by being able to offer slideshows in Powerpoint. If you want to work with financial planners, then knowing how to use Excel is going to get you more clients.

Alternatively you can just go through the Help resources within the software itself and learn from there. But don’t get too bogged down in trying to learn ALL the features.

I think the benefit of using these manuals is that you don’t get overwhelmed and think you have to know ALL the features. You just go through the guides step by step, building on your skills gradually.



  • Helen says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I like the sounds of the manual and am interested but which version are they teaching?

  • Lisa Taliga says:

    Hi Helen

    It was written universally for all versions going all the way back to Office 2000 to the current version. I’ve just double checked with their support team and they’ve confirmed this with me.


  • Ann Starnes says:

    Hi, thanks. I will get into that but right now we’re sorting all our stuff and getting ready to open the office next month. It has been a hassle to get all the things together but what everyone does. I haven’t set up a web site yet but am going into that. Thank you for your help. I had taken courses before on Office and Access so you’re right. We have to re-learn.

  • Elecia says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for the information. I am proficient in Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, PowerPoint. I have knowledge of Outlook but have not used it professionally. I need to practice Access as I have not used it in about 4 years. I have access 2003. All other programs are 2007.

  • Elecia says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Is there a practice program that one can use for focus groups transcription and video transcription. I have not done these before and I am interested in learning how to do this efficiently.

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