Wouldn’t it be nice to make money and stay at home?
A pipe dream, you say? Not anymore!
For almost two years now I have been working from home as a freelance writer making more than I did when I worked full-time.
But freelance writing isn’t the only way you can enjoy the benefits of working from home – you can also become a virtual assistant!
Being a virtual assistant requires some specific skills but the range of services you can offer is endless! This means you can get more work, take on more clients, and create a schedule that works for you and your family.
Pretty cool, right?
Keep reading to learn more about what virtual assistants do, what skills you need, what services to offer, and how to find jobs in this lucrative work-from-home field:
What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?
Simply put, a virtual assistant is someone who works remotely to assist entrepreneurs and online businesses who don’t want to pay for office space.
Originally, virtual assistants were hired to complete administrative tasks from home such as scheduling appointments, answering emails, and other types of clerical work.
However, this type of remote job has expanded to include assistance with marketing, web design, bookkeeping, and many other services.
And the best part? You don’t have to offer all of these to become a virtual assistant and work from home! Many virtual assistants focus their services on one particular skill set or offer their services to a specific industry such as real estate and work with multiple clients to earn an income.
But if you do have a few skills in your wheelhouse, you can certainly offer them to businesses as a package deal!
What Skills Do You Need to be a Virtual Assistant?
Speaking of skills, you definitely need to have some if you want to become a virtual assistant and work from home!
Along with some diverse skills you also need to be flexible and committed to the work.
However, as a work-from-home mom, how many tasks you take on is completely up to you! You can control the scope of the job as well as how many clients you take on.
But as far as skills go, here are some important ones you should have as a virtual assistant:
Oral Communication Skills
Because virtual assistants are in constant contact with their clients, it’s helpful to have some good oral communication skills such as politeness and fluency.
Being a virtual assistant requires a lot of writing skills and not just the ability to put words together – you should also be adept at typing and using a word processor.
You can up your typing game by using online apps that help you hone your typing skills. There are also a bunch of free courses out there that will show you how to use a word processor such as Google Docs!
You can’t virtual assist anyone without a computer! And knowing how to use it is crucial if you want to make money as a virtual assistant.
Literacy in things like spreadsheets is super helpful and knowing how to navigate the internet is a must.
It’s also helpful to have a knowledge of cloud systems where you can collaborate with clients using tools such as file sharing. Google Docs is an example of this as well as Nifty, Teamworks, and Asana.
Time Management Skills
Again, as a mom, it’s important that you properly manage your time when you offer your virtual assistant services. A lot of what you’ll be getting paid for depends on delivering projects on time.
Use a schedule to keep track of your deadlines as well as different time management techniques to stay focused on your work.
When you have littles running around, it’s especially important that you find the techniques that work best for everything. This may be blocking your schedule to allow yourself breaks to tend to your kiddos or working when your wee one is down for a nap.
Virtual Assistant Jobs – Work From Home
Before you get out there and start throwing your resume around, it’s important that you clearly define the services you wish to offer.
Here are some ideas of virtual assistant jobs you can do from home:
Social Media Management
As a social media virtual assistant, you would be responsible for managing your employer’s social media accounts by scheduling posts, writing posts, managing comments, and directing questions.
You may also be asked to prepare a content strategy and keep track of its overall reach.
This is a valuable service since it helps businesses save time from having to worry about their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn accounts, etc.
Calendars, Appointments, and Emails
Of course, there are always classic administrative tasks you can perform while working remotely as a virtual assistant.
For instance, you can manage emails, schedule meetings, make travel arrangements, do data entry proofread, etc.
If you have any sort of organizational or administrative skills and experience, this is a great place to start! This type of virtual assistant role is versatile so your services will appeal to a wider range of businesses.
If you want to niche down a bit from traditional administrative tasks, you can offer your virtual assistant services as a bookkeeper.
This would involve keeping accurate records for a business including their finances, budgets, employee records, etc.
Again, this is one of those necessary tasks that take a lot of time away from business owners, which is why they are willing to pay virtual assistants to do this work!
Digital Marketing Tasks
If you’re a freelance writer who specializes in writing sales copy and marketing content, you can also offer your services as a digital marketing virtual assistant.
This may include researching topics for blog posts, keyword research, writing web content, editing and proofreading, and writing emails. You can also get paid to create and implement digital marketing strategies for businesses.
It helps to have some solid knowledge when it comes to SEO and copywriting and you can really make some good money here by niching down to a specific industry such as SaaS (Software as a Service) companies, real estate, etc.
For those that run and monetize their blogs, it’s worth their while to hire a virtual assistant to help them with their blogging tasks!
This is one of the freelancing jobs I do: I help a client edit guest posts and write content for their blogs.
As a blog assistant, you may also be responsible for creating content schedules and strategies, writing content, editing, and responding to comments on posts.
Website Management Assistant
For those that run blogs, not only does content creation take up a huge chunk of time but so does managing their WordPress site!
Many businesses and site owners will hire website assistants to perform web-related tasks such as:
- Updating Plugins and Themes
- Fixing Website Errors
- Tracking Traffic and Growth
- Designing Templates
So if you’re handy with WordPress, this is definitely a service you should consider offering!
Other Areas of Specialization
The above is just a smattering of the types of services you can offer a virtual assistant! Crazy, right?
Here are some other areas of specialization that I didn’t feel like writing about:
Customer Service Agent
Video Producer or Editor
Processing Online Orders and Refunds
How to Get Started as a Virtual Assistant
To get started as a virtual assistant, you need to find jobs. This can involve using job boards and applying for positions or marketing yourself as a virtual assistant and reaching out to businesses and clients.
I would suggest starting with job boards, even though they can be tedious at times. You’re not going to have much luck pitching to clients and getting work if you have no experience under your belt.
You can also mention to your friends and family that you are starting a virtual assistant service. They may know of a company, business, or person that could use your help.
So when it comes to applying for jobs, make sure your resume is up-to-date and include any experience you may have that demonstrates relevant skills that match the job posting. Look for buzzwords in the job posting and include them in your resume.
However, make sure you fit the requirements before applying! There’s no point in applying for a job as a social media assistant if you have no experience with social media.
Just be confident when you apply and avoid mentioning that you are new at this. Go in with the attitude that you know exactly what you are doing and that you would be a great fit for the company you are applying to.
Here are some job boards to get you started:
When you’re ready and have some experience, you can start emailing companies and pitching your services!
Virtual Assistant Websites
While you’re applying for jobs and pitching to potential clients, it’s also important to have your own website.
Why? Because you want to direct your prospects to a place that showcases your brand, highlights who you are, and provides a profile of your work!
Plus, it also makes you look totes professional. Just sayin’.
To give you an idea of what your virtual assistant website should look like and include, here are some awesome examples:
And don’t forget to check out my other super cool articles about building a blog!
I Think We’re Done Here 🙂
Whether you are looking to quit your job and work exclusively from home or you want to give virtual jobs a try part-time, hopefully, this guide was given you all of the information you need to get your ducks in a row.
If not, let me know if you have any questions by commenting below!