Before having my son and starting my own business, I worked in a variety of different positions – everything from personal training to sales and reception. My most recent job was working as a community outreach coordinator and behavior therapist for a non-profit.
While my positions were varied, they all had something in common – they required good administrative skills.
The ability to manage emails, keep good records, balance the books, complete data entry and schedule social media are all important administrative tasks that must be done when you’re running a business.
But the fact is, a lot of small business owners either don’t have those skills, or just don’t have the time for those tasks.
That’s where a virtual assistant comes in!
Those skills you picked up over the course of your career are in high demand! They’re exactly the type of skills that many small business owners are looking for. (Which is why the field of virtual assisting is experiencing some pretty rapid growth right now!)
If you’ve got solid administrative skills then working from home as a virtual assistant might be the perfect job for you.
Working as a virtual assistant has the obvious benefit of being able to work from home. But it also provides you with the opportunity to build up a freelance career making thousands of dollars per month.
What does a virtual assistant do?
One of the great things about virtual assisting is how varied the tasks can be. As a virtual assistant, you will be working on tasks that a business owner wants to outsource.
This can include:
- General administrative tasks
- Data entry
- Social media scheduling
- Creating images
- Email management
- Writing blog posts
How much money does a virtual assistant make?
As a virtual assistant, you are free to set your own rates, however, the average hourly rate is currently right around the $35/hour mark (this is for VA’s who own their own business.)
You are free to work as much or as little as you’d like, and your income will reflect that.
Gina was able to build her income up to $4000 a month, while working a full-time job, and being a mom to two toddlers – virtual assisting was just her side hustle!
How do I become a virtual assistant?
If you think that working from home as a virtual assistant sounds like the perfect job for you, then Gina Horkey has a jam-packed course that will teach you everything you need to know to start your own successful virtual assistant business, and be making money in 30 days or less.
The course is entitled “30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success“, and you can get started for as little as $75.
You’ll learn about:
- Building a foundation for your virtual assistant business
- Launching your virtual assistant business
- Sourcing clients
- How to make money as a virtual assistant
- Contracts and pitching
- Email management, content management, and social media management
- And way more!
What if I don’t want to start my own business?
Starting your own virtual assisting business can be a great way to earn money from home and create financial freedom, but not everyone wants to take on the added responsibilities of being a business owner – and that’s completely understandable!
If the idea of working as a virtual assistant is appealing to you, but the “running a business” side isn’t, then Time Etc., is a company that hires virtual assistants to work from home.
To work as a VA for Time Etc., you’re required to have 2/3 years commercial experience, the ability to work part time during the week (Monday-Friday) and your own computer and Microsoft Office Suite.
As a mama to an almost 11-month-old baby, I love the freedom that working-from-home gives me. It’s wonderful to be able to stay at home with my little boy while earning money from the comfort of my own home.
Does virtual assisting sound like something you’d enjoy?