You can make money at home by becoming a virtual assistant (or “VA” as people call it). If this sounds foreign to you, that’s okay. No experience necessary. 🙂
By following the steps below, I’ll show you how to make money as a virtual assistant.
What Does a Virtual Assistant Do?
As a VA, you do a variety of tasks for another blogger to keep their website up and running. In return, they pay you. VA work is completely remote, which makes it ideal for job flexibility.
The reason a blogger hires a virtual assistant is because she doesn’t have the time or energy to do all of the tasks herself. She needs to outsource simpler tasks, which she can do with a VA.
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Examples of tasks you’ll do as a virtual assistant include: 1) schedule blog posts, 2) edit blog photos, 3) post on social media, 4) write and respond to emails, 5) conduct research for blog posts, and 6) anything else that can be done online for the blogger!
How Much Is a Virtual Assistant Paid?
A VA is paid hourly, usually. Sometimes, a VA is paid on a retainer.
Hourly rates vary. I’ve heard of VAs who make anywhere from $15–$100+ / hour.
The nice thing about being a VA is that you can do it right from your own home.
As you grow your client base, you can increase what you charge monthly, too. This is the beauty of working online.
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One Girl’s Story From Preschool Teacher to Entrepreneur as a Virtual Assistant
There’s one VA story that is so inspiring I wanted to share it with you here. It’s from Laura Pennington. Laura was a 7th grade teacher in Baltimore City, which is a very rough area. She was barely making ends meet and she was miserable working from 5am to 5pm every day (teaching, lesson-planning, grading papers, calling parents, etc.).
At one point, Laura said, “Despite working overtime and doing 50-70+ hours a week, I was living paycheck to paycheck with no savings.” (Who else can relate to this?!)
So, Laura decided to make a change.
She started doing VA work on the side. She noticed that a lot of her skills from the office applied to the online world – researching, data entry, scheduling, and planning content and social media.
It was a match made in heaven for her. Before she knew it, her hard work paid off.
Since 2013, Laura has worked full-time for herself as a freelance virtual assistant and writer. How incredible is this?! I love it.
As a soon-to-be military wife, Laura’s VA career allows her to work from anywhere, even when her family moves on the Navy’s orders. Laura has been able to broaden her skill set and raise her rates, often taking on roles as a project manager for other VAs.
Laura admits, “I had no background as a virtual assistant when I got started. The truth, however, is that most people already have skills in their arsenal that will work really well online! It’s all about how you position yourself.”
Even with no experience, Laura started something great. She committed to making money on the side so she wasn’t broke anymore. I’m so impressed by Laura and all of her success.
To top it off, Laura now teaches other people how to become a VA – just like she did.
How Do You Become a Virtual Assistant?
There are two ways I know how to become a VA.
- Start taking on virtual assistant work on your own (totally doable, but may not be fast or necessarily the smartest move in your situation), or
- Take Your Way To VA, a course by Laura Pennington (the VA from the example above!).
Option 1 – Become a VA yourself
If you what to start VA work yourself, here’s what I recommend:
- Start a website (I can teach you how to start a website here)
- Brand yourself as a virtual assistant
- Advertise your services (post on social media and join Facebook groups where you can talk about what you do)
- Apply for virtual assistant jobs on sites like Freelancer.com, and TaskRabbit.com
Option 2 – Take the course Your Way To VA
If you go with option 2, Laura Pennington will walk you through how to become a VA in her course, Your Way To VA (use the code NATALIEB to get 20% off).
In Your Way To VA, you’ll learn:
- What a VA Is
- How to Determine What to Offer
- Hourly Vs. Project-Based Payments
- Firing Clients
- Types of VAs
- How to Spend Your Time as a VA
- Where to Find Clients
- Preparing for a VA Interview
- Offering Packages as a VA
- Most Common Challenges VA’s Experience
- How to Leave Your Day Job
- How to Use Job Boards
- Clients to Avoid
I take blogging courses to hone my craft – and I haven’t regretted it yet. There’s something about a structured course that helps me take what I’m doing up a notch. So, I can’t recommend investing in yourself enough.
If you want to earn more, then go for it. You deserve it!
A Final Note!
You can become a virtual assistant and make money online. Laura’s story is proof of that (not to mention it’s super inspiring)!
You don’t have to have experience (Laura didn’t). Like most things, hard work pays off!
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