How to Work from Home as a Virtual Assistant
One of the best ways to work from home is by doing Virtual Assistant work. Most of these positions are part-time which give you the flexibility to spend more time with your family but depending on the company and your availability you can work however much you want.
In this post, Gina Horkey (Six-figure Virtual Assistant) shares with us everything we need to know about becoming a Virtual Assistant even with no previous experience.
If you don’t want to start out on your own below I have a list of recommended companies hiring Virtual Assistants and their average pay.
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What does a VA do?
A virtual assistant is really just anyone that trades task for pay from afar. Or in other words, an individual that offers services virtually as a contractor or self-employed individual to clients.
Services offered can include everything from email management, content creation, bookkeeping, graphic design, social media and more! There are tons of services you can offer as a VA – check out this list of over 150 to learn more.
How much money can a VA expect to earn?
From the little research that exists, the average North American virtual assistant earns between $25-40 per hour.
This is going to depend on your experience, skill-set, and areas of expertise. The more specialized your services and the more experience you have, the more you can charge.
I’ve seen people in our community charge as little as $15 per hour and others earn more than $100 per hour (including myself). Ultimately it comes down to being really good at what you do and finding clients that value what you’re offering them.
How quickly you start earning honestly depends on how quickly (and frequently) you start putting yourself out there for hire. Click here for some real live examples of VAs in our community that have built successful businesses.
In my opinion, contracting and working virtually is the way of the future.
People (clients and virtual assistants alike) crave increased flexibility. And what better way to obtain it than to build a business and/or team virtually?
Clients (typically small business owners, entrepreneurs, etc.) aren’t always looking to manage people or take on full-time help. Instead, they’d like to contract out for specific services they need help with. It makes it a win/win for both parties. 🙂
What kind of person is a good fit for VA work?
What I hear from clients over and over is that they’re looking for someone that’s:
- A self-starter
- And reliable
So while they’re looking for people that can provide select services, they’re mainly looking for the above. As long as you’re trainable, you’ve got a shot!
You also need to have a computer (desktop or laptop, doesn’t matter) and reliable internet. Don’t worry about having any fancy programs or applications – most clients will give you access to their cloud-based tools and software programs that you need to complete your work for them.
How does a VA go about getting clients?
We cover more than a half dozen prospecting methods in 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success, but a few of our favorites are:
- Using social media
- In person networking
- Tapping into your natural market
Methods for finding and attracting high-quality clients haven’t changed much over the last decade, but really understanding what they are, which you’re best suited for and how to go about them in the right way are important.
Luckily for our students, prospecting and building effective client relationships are kind of our specialty.
What is your favorite thing about being a virtual assistant?
The list is long!
What ranks at the top of mine is probably:
- Flexibility to work from anywhere on my schedule (i.e. you don’t have to keep banker’s hours in most cases when working with clients)
- Freedom (that comes with the whole flexibility thing I guess!)
- Unlimited income potential (you choose how much to charge and can raise your rates as you gain more experience, look into other ways to make money online, etc.)
How can someone interested in VA work get started?
We’d be honored if you’d consider enrolling in 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success.
This 13 module course will literally walk you through starting your new business – it’s perfect for newbies, but existing VAs have taken it and moved their business to the next level as a result too.
We cover everything from:
- What services to offer
- Who to offer them to
- How much to charge
- Where to find clients
- How to set up your website (including what should be on it!)
- How to effectively pitch clients
- Working with clients
- And a deep dive into about a dozen services you can offer
Plus, much, much more!
Who is the course for?
You need to be motivated, disciplined and have a desire to be self-employed.
While the course provides a great framework for you to plug yourself into, there’s still work to be done on your part. If you like to read all of the things, but don’t really enjoy taking action, this course is NOT for you.
Point blank, you’ll get results if you do what we tell you to. But if you think that all it takes to start a new business is spending a little bit of money to purchase a course (and not doing anything as a result), you’re going to be sorely disappointed.
We do offer a very generous 7-day money-back guarantee. Meaning if you find out right away that the course isn’t the right fit for you, just send us an email and we’ll refund your purchase in full.
What kind of results can you expect to obtain from the course?
Most students make their way through the material in a month or less.
Many end up getting hired by their first client before they finish. Results will vary based on the time someone has available, the amount of action they take and the skill-set they enter the course with.
Some students have the goal of bringing in a few hundred extra dollars each month, while others want to replace a six-figure salary. We’ve watched numerous students accomplish both goals over the last several years – most land somewhere in between.
My personal favorite is when someone sends me an email or tags me on Facebook that they’ve just quit their soul-sucking job. 😉
What is your number one piece of advice for someone who wants to break into VA work?
You’ll never know what you’re capable of if you never try.
Don’t think about what the worst case scenario could be – instead think about what’s the BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME that can come from trying something new?
Why not YOU, why not NOW?
Bio: Gina Horkey is a married, millennial mama to two precocious kiddos from Minnesota. Additionally, she’s the founder of Horkey HandBook, a website geared towards helping others find or become the ultimate virtual assistant. Gina’s background includes making a living as a professional writer, an online business marketing consultant and a decade of experience in the financial services industry.
Now for the recommended list of companies hiring Virtual Assistants:
This company is an international premium virtual assistant company with clients and assistants in North America and Europe. They received a 5/5 star rating on Glassdoor.com with a pay range of $16-$19 per hour. Employees on Glassdoor.com praised this company for their flexibility, support, family-friendly environment, and work/life balance. You have total control of which clients you want to work with, you’ll receive a resume of the client, what they’re looking for, skills required, how many hours a month, etc.
Formerly known as eaHelp, this company offers more than remote administrative assistants but also bookkeeping, copywriting, and web support services. They received a 4.3/5 star rating on Glassdoor.com with a pay range of $13-$19 per hour. This is a great job for stay-at-home moms because of the flexibility. You are matched with clients based on personality profiles. The main cons of this position are not increasing your hours past 20/25 per week and non-existent benefit package.
Zirtual is a Virtual Assistant service that matches busy people with dedicated assistants. This company received a 3.4/5 star rating on Glassdoor.com with a pay range of $10-$14 per hour. Check back frequently for available positions on their website. This seems to be a good company that offers a good work/life balance.
Started in 2007, Time Etc., is a well-known Virtual Assistant company with a 4.9/5 star rating on Glassdoor.com at $11 per hour. This is a great company but the work will keep you pretty busy and be tough to do if you do not have any help watching your little one(s).
Additional Ways to Find Work
I highly recommend checking out Virtual Assistant positions on Upwork and set your own rate. Having a website to promote your services on Upwork and the companies above can set you apart. See how you can easily create one for under $100.
I can’t stress the importance of being apart of Facebook Groups. It’s a great way to network, be a part of a community of like-minded individuals and also to find business. I always see random requests for people looking for Virtual Assistants, timing is everything. Stay engaged!
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