What is a Virtual Assistant?

 

 

 

A Virtual Assistant, or a VA for short is someone who typically works from the comfort of their own home, for a person or company virtually doing short term or long term work.

 

 

 

What kind of work does a VA do?

A typical VA can do a variety of tasks varying from general admin work to more complicated work. Some tasks include:

  • calendar management/scheduling
  • e-mail maintenance and management
  • appointment setting
  • Blog post uploading and scheduling
  • Blog post and social media image curation
  • Blog post writing
  • Copy writing
  • Facebook Ads
  • Sales Funnels
  • Lead Pages
  • Lead Magnets
  • E-mail Marketing

Who do VA’s typically work for?

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Authors
  • Speakers
  • Writers
  • Bloggers
  • Business owners (Online and Offline)

Is a VA a real work at home job?

As a VA, typically, you are your own boss, you set your own ours and instead of being hired as an employee, you are hired as a 1099 Independent Contractor. That means that you are responsible for taking out your own taxes, and yes, when I looked it up this year, is you are in the US and make more than $400 from your position, you do need to file taxes. What to Keep for Your Taxes PDF

How much do VA’s make?

If you are in the US, some people start out with $15 per hour. But, like I said above, you are responsible for your taxes, so you are not really making $15 an hour. I feel like $20 is a great starting off point, if you have some skills with some programs. If you are completely new to online programs, $15 is probably a more reasonable starting point. Overseas VA’s, depending on the area, tend to charge/be paid less than those in the US, but some of these people are extremely skilled. In my opinion, pay should be based on skill, not area of the world. Because it is a virtual position, work can be done from anywhere- and as long as a client is ok with time zone differences, then where the VA is based out of shouldn’t matter.

Often times getting to a full time income takes time to build up, and typically it takes more than 1 client, but each VA and their experience is unique.

How do I find work as a VA or find a VA to work with?

Great places to find VA work or a VA are Facebook groups, LinkedIn, and VA specific job boards. If you are wanting to become a VA, writing out a list of things you can do/systems you are familiar with (wordpress, convertkit, calendly, etc) this is a huge starting point. If you are looking for a VA, doing the same thing and writing down the tasks you want done, how many hours you think it will take a week, and a pay goal you would like to pay is a great starting point.

I want to become a VA but still want more information/to learn more, where can I find it?

There are plenty for great courses out there, some for free, some paid. You can also find opportunities such as internships, some paid, some not that will provide you with a written or video testimonial after. Again, Facebook is a very important tool to find such opportunities and courses. Many Facebook groups specifically for VA’s and Work at Home, are full of very knowledgeable people more than willing to help guide you to opportunities. There are also a lot of opportunities to subcontract where the pay scale will be lower, but many people looking to subcontract will help train you to give you opportunities to grow your skills.

 

Jess

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