The Virtual Assistant Industry, also known as the outsourcing industry was valued at $85.6 billion in 2018 and was predicted to hit $100 billion in 2021 – Statista.
This claim can be supported by flexjobs.com (One of the largest online job boards) reports that “virtual assistant is one of the fastest-growing career fields“.
This means that there’s a huge opportunity for you in this industry.
If you are reading this post because you are looking to become a Virtual Assistant, you are in the right place.
I have taken the time to answer all the questions you’ll possibly have to become a full-time, part-time, or Freelance Virtual assistant. I also went a step further to compile a list of 30 services you can offer as a VA, Plus how to find VA jobs/services.
Let’s jump right in.
By the way, the average salary for a VA according to the job listings on glassdoor is between $10-$30/hr. Depending on the skill, experience, and the client.
What is a virtual assistant?
If you are just hearing the word for the first time; a Virtual Assistant is generally defined as a self-employed person who offers administrative services to business owners. But this definition is not completely correct because some virtual assistants work as full-time employees and this defeats the whole essence of being self-employed.
The screenshot below is an example of a full-time virtual assistant listing on simplyhired.
What this means for you is that you can become a virtual assistant by working full-time, part-time, or freelancing.
Differences between a full time, part-time and freelance Virtual Assistant.
Full-time Virtual Assistant: A full-time virtual assistant is just like every other full-time employee.
Just as every employee has their respective roles, a VA’s role might be to offer administrative services as an executive assistant to the CEO.
The job role might include helping to schedule meetings, make travel arrangements, reply to emails, or social media DMs, or any other job assigned to you.
The difference is that a VA works from home.
As a full-time virtual assistant, you are fully committed to the company because you will have a specified working hour so you’ll likely not be able to do any other job except your working hours are flexible.
Part-Time Virtual Assistant: Part-Time virtual assistant is almost the same as a full-time virtual assistant, the only difference is the working hours. A full-time virtual assistant might work 8hrs a day while part-time works 3-4hrs a day. Of course, with different salary ranges.
A part-time VA can also work on a contract basis. (A situation where you are hired for a specified period, after which, the job will be over).
Freelance Virtual Assistant: A freelance Virtual Assistant does not have an employer but clients. This is the person that can be called a self-employed virtual assistant.
This person is responsible for finding clients. He or she has the right to decide who to work with and who not to and is not tied down by any working hours as he can set his own time.
10 Popular Virtual Assistant Jobs you can do full-time/part-time
Like I mentioned earlier, virtual assistant jobs have gone past freelancing. Most companies now hire VA for full-time or part-time. Here’s a list of popular 10 VA jobs you can do remotely for full-time or part-time.
1. Data entry: Data entry jobs require you to enter customers’ data usually in a spreadsheet or software. The skills needed for this role are often proficiency in typing, excel knowledge, and attention to detail. etc.
Data entry VA is needed in almost every industry.
2. Executive Assistant: This is the role that comes to mind when someone mentions VA. The job description for this role includes helping a senior staff or the CEO with things like scheduling meetings, webinar planning, answering calls, replying to DMs and emails, etc.
On a few occasions, an employer may require someone with a Bachelor’s degree or Associate. Most of the time, no experience is needed.
The major skill needed for this role is communication and organizational skill. Solopreneurs and small businesses are mostly the people in need of an executive assistant.
3. Customer Services: Some business owners, especially those with a low volume of customers often require the services of a VA to work as a customer service agent.
Job role includes answering customers’ questions via phone, email, or live chat. The skill needed for this role is people’s skills, ability to listen and proffer solutions full-time, to a problem. in-depth knowledge of the company’s product is often required.
4. Blog/website manager: Many businesses have blogs or websites and they need the services of a VA to do things like backlink building, replying to comments, keyword research, finding guest posting opportunities, tracking websites metrics, finding and fixing broken links, updating plugins, etc.
All businesses with blogs/websites need this VA service. Skills required are skills like knowing how WordPress works, how to send emails. etc.
5. Outreach Assistant: This job requires reaching out to potential customers usually via email or calls. It’s somewhat like a marketing job but most times the pay is not commission-based.
Your job role might also be to find press feature opportunities, reach out to influencers for deals. etc. Skills required are communication skills, how email campaigns work. etc
6. Social Media Manager: This one is also a popular VA job. Your role will include managing all social media channels for the business, replying to comments, monitoring competitors, following industry trends. Writing and scheduling content are often required. Knowledge of how social media works and the ability to create content is needed for this role.
7. Store Manager: Some e-commerce store owners hire a virtual assistant to help out with stuff like uploading and updating products, processing and fulfilling orders, managing inventories. etc.
8. BookKeeper: Small business owners who do not have the resources to hire an in-house accountant will likely hire a VA to handle their bookkeeping jobs. Your job will usually involve sending invoices, managing affiliate payouts, employee payroll, creating month-end and year-end reports, etc.
This role requires knowledge in accounting, excel, and some accounting software like QuickBooks. You don’t necessarily need to have an accounting degree as most of the needed skills can be learned in a few weeks or months.
9. Project Manager: Adequate experience in project management is needed for this role. Job roles often include assigning tasks to teams, planning and strategizing, creating and monitoring projects. etc. A Bachelor’s degree will often be required.
10. Campaign Manager: You’ll be tasked with creating and running company ads like social media, google ads, email campaigns, etc. Marketing and copywriting skill is needed for this role.
Note: these roles can also be done on a freelance basis but most times, some companies hire for the long term.
20 Freelance Virtual Assistant Jobs
If you are looking for a freelance virtual assistant job that doesn’t require any long time commitment, here are 10 ideas.
- Webinar planning and hosting
- Post Jobs and recruit new applicants
- create email campaign
- Research and create slideshows for meeting
- Write minutes in meetings
- Social Media Graphics Design
- Create landing pages
- create and edit videos
- Conduct surveys
- Keyword research
- Project management
- Content creation
- Ad management
- Book Publishing
- Product research
- Keyword research
- Product launches.
How To Become a Full-Time or Part-Time Virtual Assistant
If you don’t like the idea of looking for clients yourself and you would rather stick with a company for the long term, here are steps to landing your dream virtual assistant job.
1. Decide what services you want to offer. Which area do you know? (It must not be among the things I listed above). Think of that skill you are good at, that thing your friends and family usually ask you to help them out with.
Deciding what service you can comfortably offer is important because it will help tailor your resume to the role, get prepared for interviews, and so that you don’t go applying for every job with the VA title.
If you feel you have no skills to offer, then pick one or two that interests you from the ones I listed and go learn about it on udemy or skillshare.
A month is enough to learn most of the skills I listed. After learning, you can start by working as an intern to get experience. Most internship opportunities are paid. Expect anything from $500.
2. Start your job search: Because you are looking for a full-time/part-time position, job boards are your best bet.
There are hundreds of remote job websites out there.
Make it a duty to apply to at least one position every day. I bet you, before the end of 2 months, you should be able to land a job. Bear in mind that Job search requires persistence and consistency so don’t give up after a few applications.
You can find internship jobs on those websites too.
3. Another way to find a job is to check the career page of the websites in the industry you’ll like to work with.
For instance, if you are interested in working for a saas company, go to getapp.com or capterra.com and you’ll find a huge list of saas companies. Visit as many websites as you can, locate the career pages, and see if they have openings for the role you want.
If you want to work in the healthcare industry, search for healthcare websites on google and check their career pages. The same thing applies to other industries.
How To Become a Freelance Virtual Assistant.
Prefer hanging the self-employed tag? No problem! Here’s how to get started as a freelance VA.
1. Decide what service to offer: You can either pick one or combine 3-5 and offer it as a package. Whatever you decide, make sure it’s something you are grounded on. Offering exceptional service will open doors to more clients for you.
2. Find out what your competitors are charging: Visit places like Fiverr or Upwork Fastest-growing, enter your keyword to see what others are charging. If you have the money, employ one of the highly-rated people on any of the platforms to do that same task for you, this is just to see how they operate. If you don’t have the fund, skip this part.
3. Prepare your contract: A contract form is important for your VA business. It includes your job description, payment, delivery dates. etc. Having a contract will save you and your client any trouble that might arise in the course of the transaction. And it’s also compulsory in some regions. You can create a VA contract for free here
4. Get registered if it’s needed to operate in your region. Registration for this type of job isn’t compulsory in my region but it could be in yours. Find out what the terms are in your region and follow through with the process before you get started.
5. Land your first Job: You can land your first job through job sites like the ones listed in this post. Alternatively, you can pitch your services to small business owners through emails.
Social media channels like LinkedIn, Facebook, IG, Twitter. Etc. is a great place to find small business owners.
When you land your first client, go out of your way to impress, and afterward, ask for a referral.
The only thing that might make you not implement the ideas on this post is procrastination and fear of rejection. I just thought to let you know beforehand so you’ll get ready to battle it when that voice speaks. 😄
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