There I am doing some research for a blog post 11 Opportunities for Stay at Home Moms to Make Money. What I discovered? A virtual assistant job. I had to dig a little deeper to find out more about virtual assistant jobs. It sounded like a scam to me, because who would trust someone they never met with any passwords or information about them. But no I was wrong this is a real job.
What is a Virtual Assistant
A Virtual Assistant (VA) is a self employed individual who provides administrative services to businesses and other individual. VA’s are very popular among online businesses. This career is growing more & more everyday.
What do Virtual Assistants do
Virtual Assistants help with everyday task to make things run smoother for your business as well as your personal life. Some handle very simple task while other may not be so simple. They work just like a regular assistant does but virtual instead of sitting in a business office working. I made a list of a few task and there’s plenty more they handle that I did not list below.
- Answer emails
- Write blog post
- Sell items
- Manage social media accounts
- Cold calling
- Book appointments
- customer service
- Graphic design
- & Much more
Where do Virtual Assistance work from
Most virtual assistants work from the comfort of their own home. They will have a room set up as a office in the house or maybe the corner of the living room.
What kind of skills are required for a VA
A lot of the skills required to be a Virtual Assistant are basic office skills. Some require a little more and some a little less. It all depends on the client and the jobs they are needing done. Here’s a few of the basics that are required.
- Previous work experience
- Computer skills
- Customer service
- writing skills
- sales skills & experience
Are any degrees or schooling required
Most require a minimum high school diploma or GED. A lot of businesses and people that were hiring were requiring a Associate or Bachelors degree.
If you are reading this and thinking well I don’t have a Associates or a Bachelors degree, but I have years of experience I wonder if that will be enough? Yes it is. I find more times then none if you don’t have a degree in certain career fields, but you have the experience. Having that experience works just as well if not better because they don’t have to worry about training you so really.
How many hours a week do Virtual Assistants work
I can’t give you a set answer on this question, but what I can tell you is it all depends personally on the Virtual Assistant. As a VA you can have multiple clients or just one. Work 5 hours a week or 80 hours, It’s all up to you. You set the hours and work how you want.
How much does a Virtual Assistant make
Again this is one of those questions that I can not give you a direct answer to. It all depends on how many clients you have as well as what duties you may be doing. However I did do some research and digging to see what they average.
Virtual Assistants average around $10 – $50 hourly & $30,000 – $50,000 yearly. Some more and some less.
Who hires Virtual Assistants
- Online businesses
- Small businesses
- Large business
Where can VA’s find a job
Interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant
- Sit down and write all your goals down
- Decided on what services and/or niche you want to do
- Choose and set your prices for different services as well what you want to make hourly
- Set up your portfolio on sites you are finding jobs for in your niche or people looking for services you offer
- Establish yourself and your business as a trust worthy professional
- Set up a website (Helps cut the middle man out)
- Advertise and market your business
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