Now that you know what a virtual assistant is and how to become a virtual assistant, you may be wondering “why”. The answer: Flexibility, rewards, and money.
As a virtual assistant, you’ll likely have a more flexible schedule than your typical office employee. You can work from anywhere meaning you can travel the world or care for your children without taking time off of work.
Flexibility is just one of the rewards of learning how to become a virtual assistant. In addition, you’ll get to master new skills, be your own boss (if launching your own business), and be present for things you might otherwise miss. For example, if you work from home you’ll get to spend time with your children that they would otherwise spend with a caretaker.
Last, but not least, money. In a survey conducted by Virtual Business Alliance in 2004 for the previous year, the average full time virtual assistant made $39,452. And that was in 2003!
This demonstrates that you can make just as much money (possibly more) as a stay-at-home virtual assistant than you can in the office. Not bad huh?
What you actually charge per hour or project will vary depending on the skill and complexity involved. Your income will also vary based on where you live. For example, individuals living in Hawaii face a higher cost of living than Ohio. One place to help you research what you should be charging is the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The website shows average income for different professions in each state. Look up professions that relate to the services your offering in order to start pinpointing your wage.
To ensure that you bring in top dollar as a virtual assistant be sure to:
- Educate yourself – you are never done “learning”, especially in the virtual world. Stay on top of technology as well as changes in your industry to ensure you can provide the very best to your clients.
- Get ahead of the curve – learn what skills are most in-demand in your industry and master them.
- Create advocates – always provide your clients with the very best service and soon they won’t just be clients but also advocates for you. Remember, word of mouth is vital to the VA. Satisfied clients will send additional leads your way.
There you have it, how to become a virtual assistant and bring in $3,000+ a month. Have more questions about how to become a virtual assistant or other reading suggestions? Please share in the comments!
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How do I get started?
Diana Palmentiero says
I have been a virtual assistant for a little over a year now. One way to start is to find people that have businesses that they run from their homes. I now have 3 clients and all run their businesses from their home. You would be surprised how many people are doing that these days. As their businesses have grown, they realize that they don’t have time for the administrative tasks like researching projects, answering basic client emails and writing copy for their newly created websites. I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Thanks for sharing, Diana! 🙂
Hi Diana, I just came across this article and this seems very interesting. I’m currently a graphic and web designer for a corporate company but not making nearly as much as $3,000! I consider myself a pretty confident tech savvy person. I do a lot of web and vector work, write on the side (could brush up on it a little bit) social media assistance, etc. I do a wide variety at work here but not entirely happy with what I am making. Could you possibly email me more information about your position and what you do from home? Perhaps where I could start, etc? Thanks! my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I am very interested in something like this. I have my own art business and I’m an art teacher full time, but need extra income! And let’s face it, art teaching jobs are the first to get cut, so I’m in dire need of something I can fall back on. I need to still be creative but also make money to support my son and I. Let me know how I can get this going.
Hi Diana – unable to contact you thru link given but am looking to invest some money in starting up a healthcare/assistance company aiding Individuals and seniors with dementia that either for various reasons does not qualify for state assistance and/or only needing minimal guidance or help with ADLs, safety training and/or planning and any other assistance that may be needed to allow a senior citizen to remain in their home and stay as independent for as long as they can avoiding the hard and sometimes the horrible demise alot endure by transitioning into a nursing facility or home , and need help with research in doing so if you could provide any information towards my goal in helping our golden ones of our time please email me at Staceybaker41@gmail.com. Thank you and God bless
Very helpful article. This is something I am looking into for at least a little period of time as I take a (hopefully) permanent sabbatical from Corporate. Thanks and I will be referring back to this info again.
So glad, Josh! 🙂
This is well written and has all the required information. I think there is lots of future in VA and more and more people and organizations will start using services from VA. The only requirement is that VAs start marketing their services, mostly through social media campaigns.
This is what I’ve had in mind for years, but didn’t know it already existed. I am going to research more and see what happens. Thanks for this article and the advice.
Tiffany Daniels says
If this is something I’m interested in, where do I go to get proper training?
I do not live in the US, so how do I get started
I am interested in becoming a VA here in Michigan. Would like to get some more information on starting my business, please email me at email@example.com
is it ok to try this when your still a student?
Yes, there are definitely opportunities for students to make money at home. Good luck, Marianne! 🙂 Kelli
Can you share how I how do I start the process please? Do I reach out the business owners I know or is there a site that advertises for them? Please share whatever you can. Thank you in advance.
Christy B. says
I am very much interested in this! If there is more information on how to get started, Please E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to get started right away!
I have been working on human resources/customer service handling administrative tasks for 10 plus years. Where I have administered benefits of all kinds with employees. How can I find out how to become a VA. Is there a website?
I love to get started
Please email me I have questions on how I can start doing this. Thanks!!
Is it possible you can give me more details on how to start up? Thanks.
Jasmin Henriquez says
Hello, I’d like to start VA in California, could you please email me info how to get started, I’d greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
Hello. I just came across this article. I was just wondering how to become a virtual assistant. My name is Kimberly. Here’s my email email@example.com.
Mary A Gibson says
How do I join? firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a question about the attorney and figuring out the whole taxes. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while, but I don’t know where to start.
Hi This is really interesting. could u pls e mail me how to become a virtual assistant . also m not living in USA. my email email@example.com
Stefan Ciancio says
A lot of people spend hundreds of hours over the internet to know how to earn money online. I agree with you in monetizing skills. You can really do a lot to earn money online. I would say if any new individual who would like to make many online starts to reads this informative article I am sure he is heading to get to to a big position since he save hours in research. Very Informative:)
Thanks for sharing, Stefan. 🙂 Kelli
I lost my full-time job as an admin assistant in 2011. I have not been able to find full-time work since then and can barely find part-time work that will pay good here in NYC. Also because I have no college degree(despite having over 25 years of hands-on experience)I cannot find anything worthwhile. All of that being said, what is the best way to contract yourself to businesses as a VA? I have been considering doing this for quite some time, but I have no time for nonsense and want to do it right. Thanks so much for the great article!
Hi Erica, I recommend looking into sites like Freelancer to find good reputable jobs. Hope that helps! 🙂 Kelli
Jennifer Buchholtz says
Hi my name is Jennifer and I am a mom to a 6 year old and 30 month old. I worked as an Engineering Assistant for both a Telecommunications company and a trailer manufacturer. I have an Associates degree in Office Technology and Computer Systems Technology. I currently am a Patient Account Rep for a healthcare company. Looking for something where I can be home.
Eva North says
Good morning all, I’ve just found this site and this post off of pinterest. I too am looking to do VA work, I live in Michigan, but I’m looking for work I can perform as a VA whether kids are in school or not and whether hubby is home, such as internet resesarch, patient advocate, stuff like that. I’m currently a stay at home mom and would greatly appreciate any suggestions, help, advice. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let me know more to get started
Hi Taysha, There are lots of online resources for virtual assistant positions and freelance work. I like fiverr and upwork. Hope that helps! 🙂 Kelli