Anyone can become a virtual assistant and get paid to do what they love. I’ve proven it!
One of the first dollars I ever earned as an online business owner was by working for another entrepreneur as her Marketing Assistant.
I helped promote her ebooks through researching and creating posts for guest blogging campaigns, creating landing pages for webinars, writing follow up email sequences for newsletters, and managing her social media platforms.
If I were to start my online business over again I’d still do it the same way!
Working for a more experienced entrepreneur allowed me to learn the ropes, see behind-the-scenes of her business, and have access to her brain. She not only mentored me but it was like I got paid to learn!
That’s the best part about making money as someone’s virtual assistant, managing editor, or project manager. You get access to the inner workings of their business all while getting paid.
If you’re looking to become a virtual assistant, and make money helping other business owners, now’s perfect time to begin.
Don’t forget to grab this free guide to 150+ services you can offer as a virtual assistant!
Becoming a virtual assistant with no experience
When I first launched this blog back in 2011 I literally had no idea what I was doing. I fumbled around, wrote a few blog posts, and posted a few tweets on Twitter.
It wasn’t until I avidly started reading other blogs about business and entrepreneurship that my career changed for the better.
After signing up for several newsletter lists and “stalking” a few entrepreneurs on social media, I landed the gig a few days later!
We worked out a payment deal where I got paid $16 an hour for about 32 hours of work each month. The rate and work increased over time and I eventually moved to a monthly retainer plan that worked out to roughly $25 an hour.
I worked with this client for 2.5 years and she gave me a glowing testimonial.
If you’re doing the math, $16 an hour X 32 hours a month = $512 in my first month!
Yep, within my first month of being a virtual assistant I was able to bring in over $500! And this was back in 2012 so imagine how much more money you could earn now.
Here are the steps you can make money as a newbie virtual assistant in just 30 days.
1. Land your first client
Finding your first client is scary — you’re putting yourself out there and feel like you have no freaking idea what you’re doing.
Doubt starts to creep in and you’re wondering why in the world anyone would pay you for your expertise and skills.
This is why it’s smart to start out as a VA by leveraging a lateral skill.
What does this mean? The quickest way to start getting paid is to market a skill you already know. This can be based on past experience, a job certification, or previous knowledge.
Turn something you already know how to do into the foundation for your VA business. If you went to school for accounting, start a bookkeeping or digital organization business.
Leverage your past experience to showcase skills that are already in your resume.
2. Offer VA services clients want
Once you have a potential job you want to apply for, you need a summary of services or packages of your current offerings.
There are seriously endless tasks and services you can offer to other entrepreneurs:
- Email management
- Social media scheduling
- Marketing and webinars
- Blog management
- Ebook promotion and guest blogging,
- Freelance writing
- Editing and copywriting
- Researching and fact-checking
- The list goes on…
Narrow down your focus by only offering 1-3 packages based on past experience and work your way up from there.
List the primary tasks for each, start/end dates, what each package + rate includes, any payment details, a client testimonial, and a link to your portfolio.
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3. Create a website or portfolio
Once you have your master list of VA services you can use this to help create the packages/offerings on a website or portfolio page.
If you don’t have a Services page of some kind it’s time to set one up. This can be called a “work with me” page, “hire me” page, or anything else.
You want to give potential clients a place to view your offerings and see if you’re a good fit, as well as making it stupidly easy for them to contact you. The less clicks the better!
Two examples of converting Service pages:
- Check out Kristin’s Hire Me page. She worked on clearly defining her packages, optimizing her page, and setting her rates. And because of this she recently had her best income month yet!
- My Hire Me page is optimized for the search term “virtual assistant” so when anyone types that phrase into Google, my page is one of the first results.
A checklist for your Service page to become a virtual assistant:
- Who you are and what you offer (plus what you don’t!)
- Past experience, examples, portfolio
- Current and past clients
- Offerings, services, packages
- Topics, industry, etc
- Current rates (or starting rates)
- Testimonials from current clients
- A contact form
4. Charge by the hour vs a flat rate
In the beginning stages of offering VA services it’s best to charge clients by the hour. It’s difficult to fully understand how quickly you work and how long certain projects will take you.
Don’t put yourself in the position of working for hours and days and not getting properly compensated for it.
Once you know how long the types of services you offer take you, and the total amount of work they entail, you should switch to a monthly fee or flat rate instead of charging by the hour.
For email management work you may already know that it will take you 1-2 hours per day, 5 days a week, so you could offer this service for a flat $400 per week (which works out to be $40 an hour).
Some VA work is easier to pinpoint how much work is involved while others are more abstract and will take some trial and error.
The going rate for VA work starts at $20 per hour and can be as much as $50 per hour.
You can accept a much lower rate but usually this is only smart if you’re extremely inexperienced. After that it’s important to increase your prices and ask for raises regularly.
The more specialized your VA offerings are, the more per hour you can charge. It also depends on your client and their industry of work.
A non-profit client won’t be able to afford nearly as much as a financial company can. Don’t be afraid to start out charging by the hour and then switch to a flat rate.
This will allow you to have more freedom with how you spend your time, and cut back on your admin hours when creating invoices at the end of the month.
5. Never stop learning
An important part of becoming a virtual assistant is that you’re always learning and improving your craft.
Online business owners and entrepreneurs often need help with tech-related problems and testing out new social platforms or business tools.
And YOU can be the one to help them with this!
However, in order to do this effectively it’s important to never stop learning. You should regularly be investing in yourself, honing your skills, and increasing your knowledge.
This can be done through listening to podcasts, reading business books, and investing in classes and courses.
How to become a virtual assistant
If you’re ready to start earning your first $500 this month, here are the steps to take;
- Find your ideal client and follow them on social media
- Leverage past experience to land your first client
- Come up with a master list of services to offer as a virtual assistant
- Put together a descriptive Services page or portfolio
- Optimize your Services page for the best results
- Charge by the hour then move to a flat rate
- Continue increasing your rates and prices
And you can get started right now! Download the free guide to 150+ Virtual Assistant Services to Offer Clients.
Taking action today will help you jumpstart your VA career so you can start achieving your dreams of making a living from home.