Side Hustle Ideas – How to Become A Virtual Assistant (VA)

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What Exactly Does a Virtual Assistant Do?

A virtual assistant provides services to individuals or companies online as opposed to working in an office.

The term “visual assistant” doesn’t mean a person is performing minor administrative tasks or is a secretary.

Virtual assistant tasks are very detailed and can comprise any number of tasks and activities.

As a virtual assistant, you charge someone or a company an appropriate fee for utilizing one or more of your skills.

Virtual assistant tasks and updates are usually delivered via email, teleconference calls, or regular mail.

By using virtual assistants, companies are able to save a lot of money if a full-time staff member isn’t required.

It’s also a great way for you to monetize your skills in your free time and make some extra money.

Can You Make Money as a Virtual Assistant?

Yes, you can make a significant amount of money as a virtual assistant. How much you make depends on how many skills you have and how you package those skills.

Virtual assistant rates depend on where you’re located but beginners command around $15 — $20/ hour while seasoned virtual assistants can earn upwards of $60/hour.

You may also charge a flat rate for a certain amount of tasks instead of hourly rates. Flat rates end up working out better.

What Should I Offer as a Virtual Assistant?

Various skills you can offer as a virtual assistant could include one or more of below:-

  • Social media management
  • Data entry
  • Basic graphic design
  • Customer service
  • Content writing
  • Email management
  • Database management
  • Blog management
  • Project management
  • Bookkeeping
  • Editing
  • Research
  • Travel management
  • Calendar management
  • Tech support
  • SEO (Search engine optimization)
  • Proofreading
  • Web developer
  • Any other tasks that might be assigned by your employer

A virtual assistant can be a full-time employee or an independent contractor. 

Since this is related to earning extra money while working a full-time job, you will likely be an independent contractor.

What Do I Need to Become a Virtual Assistant?

  • As a virtual assistant, you need some sort of online location where people can find you and hire you.
  • I recommend a domain name and basic hosting. Read How to Start a Word Press Blog in 30 Minutes or Less.
  • A well-equipped home office with a reliable computer and internet connection.
  • Basic communication software and equipment such as a headset, Skype/Zoom, and Harvest.
  • Telephone, business address, and a way to receive payments.
  • Some type of project management/tracking software.

These are the basics. You may find you need something additional based on what kind of VA work you will be doing or what type of skills you have.

Virtual Assistant Training

For a step-by-step guide on becoming a virtual assistant, I recommend Virtual Assistant Jumpstart: How I Went From $0 to $3000 In Three Months by Alexandrea Harrelson.

This course is everything you need to know and more about how to get started with a  Virtual Assistant business from scratch.

The course usually retails for $297 but for a limited time, you can get it for $47 as part of the Work at Home bundle sale HERE.

In addition to the virtual assistant training course, you will also get access to work at home and productivity resources worth over $1,600.

Why is it so cheap?

In return for giving away their resources for a low fee, creators are able to reach a wider audience and spread the word about their products and services.

You learn more about these creators and decide if you would like to become their customers after going through the resources.

It’s a win-win scenario for everyone. When you purchase the bundle, the resources are easily accessible via your own private portal.

You can sort them out how you want and download as you go through them.

If you have any follow up questions, you will be able to contact the creators of the resources.

High quality is one of the criteria for submitting resources to the Ultimate Bundles team so you know you’re going to get your money’s worth in this bundle.

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a virtual assistant, now’s the time to jump into it. You have nothing to lose.

If you go through Virtual Assistant Jumpstart: How I Went From $0 to $3000 In Three Months and decide a VA career is not for you, there are so many other side hustle ideas included in there.

The Work at Home Bundle is a great way to jumpstart your business brain and come up with side hustle ideas.

The best thing about the Work at Home Bundle is if you don’t like it, you can get your money back within 30 days.


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