How to Become a Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistant work is the Ultimate!  Ultimate work from home job, side hustle, full time career, stepping stone or even a way to buy your first home, FOR.REAL.!!   How do I know?  I work with a LOT of Virtual Assistants and have gotten to know the in’s and out’s of some (only some) of what they do.  I mean, do you seriously think I’m THAT smart?! See, I told you Virtual Assistants are the Ultimate (Best behind the scenes secret of many many bloggers, offices, internet busineses, etc… )

Working from home can sometimes seem a bit mythical, especially if you’ve primarily heard of work-from-home jobs that are scams. The good news is that a new sort of “industry” is taking the world by storm! Becoming a virtual assistant is one of the best ways to work from home and put your own skills to use. If you’ve never heard of a virtual assistant before, keep reading to find out why it’s all the rave!

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What is a virtual assistant?

A virtual assistant is someone who helps a person or business with tasks that they need done. These could be secretarial, administrative, or even highly-skilled marketing duties. There is a space for just about everyone in the virtual assistant industry and if you have skills that would benefit someone else, you’re looking into the right career. Whether you’re assisting businesses, bloggers, or just someone you know, becoming a virtual assistant is a great option for those looking to work from home.

Where can I find virtual assistant jobs?

There are lots of places to find virtual assistant opportunities, but it really depends on what skills you’re trying to utilize. For instance, you can find blogger clients online in various “VA” (virtual assistant) groups. Bloggers typically look for virtual assistants who can help them maintain an editorial schedule, help them with social media management, or help them edit and publish content. Local businesses (or businesses from afar) may be looking for someone to help them grow their online presence, do food/menu photography, or just help them with secretarial duties from home. You can sometimes find virtual assistant jobs on places like Craigslist, but be careful on any sites that don’t offer protection. Upwork is a website that does offer protections for freelancers and virtual assistants, so looking into a platform like that for finding clients is probably your best bet.

What kinds of skills do I need to become a virtual assistant?

A lot of things you can do as a virtual assistant don’t necessarily need formal training. Here are some of the skills that would be helpful for an aspiring virtual assistant:

– Screening and replying to emails
Creating website content
Social media management
– Managing an editorial calendar
– Recipe Creation
– Proofreading
– Graphic design (including creating printables or even website design)
– Podcast editing & production
– Video editing
– Video creation (like Tasty-style recipes)

There are many more skills that lend itself to virtual assisting, but these are some of the most commonly saught after virtual assistant skills.

Who can be a Virtual Assistant?

– Stay at Home Moms and Dads
– Grandparents
– College students
– Part time Side Hustle seekers
– High School and some even younger
– Travelers looking to work from the road
– Military parents who are relocating frequently
– Photographers
– Ghost Writers
– ANYONE who has a computer, wifi access and a commitment to ‘getting it done’.

We hope this guide has been helpful in teaching you about what a virtual assistant is and how you can get your foot in the door to become one! Now that you know more about becoming a virtual assistant, what kinds of questions do you have about virtual assisting? Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. katie werthmann

    I was recently approached to be a VA for an insta only but have no idea what to charge! any tips on how to calculate that?

    • Barefoot Budgeting

      Do some research first. VA’s charge by the hour. So, if a task takes you 2hrs or 15 mins you are charging fairly. VA’s charge from $25 to over $100 per hour depending on skillset and tasks. I would say $30- $40/hr is a nice starting point for you to manage their account. You can also join VA groups and ask around what others are charging.

      Katie, So good to have you stop by!! I really appreciate your visit and time. Look forward to sharing more ideas together 🙂