What if you could find a job that allows you to work from home and live your dream life? You would have the benefits of having a regular paycheck, the ability to create your own schedule, and the joy of not having a stressful commute and spending long hours away from your family.
These are only a few benefits virtual assistants enjoy!
Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Learning how to become a virtual assistant might just be the perfect opportunity for you.
In this post we will discuss the stellar benefits of becoming a virtual assistant and other details you may not know about VAs.
*I partner with some of the courses mentioned in this post. If you purchase, I earn a small commission.
But first … what is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant is a person who earns money for doing jobs clients need help with, but it doesn’t require them to be at a certain location.
As an example, if a business needed a social media account created and managed, they could hire a VA to take care of this task on their behalf.
The short and simple definition for virtual assistant is a remote assistant for any business who needs help with various tasks. The key focus is the “remote” part. It’s called “virtual” assistant for a reason. You do not have to work out of a set location or office.
What exactly does a virtual assistant do?
A virtual assistant is great for almost any type of business! Large companies may hire virtual assistants to manage public relations and social media for them. There are also projects, proposals, charts, and presentations that need creators.
Entrepreneurs regularly hire VAs to become team members when their company grows beyond their ability to handle the workload. As a virtual assistant, you do pretty much whatever your client has hired you to do.
One benefit of being a virtual assistant is you’ll never be bored.
The sky is really the limit when it comes to what you can do as a virtual assistant, and your job responsibilities will differ depending on who your client is.
Some examples of virtual assistant duties might be:
- Managing email messages for a client.
- Scheduling appointments or handling customer service for a busy client.
- Performing market research, data analysis, or editing content.
- Building client relationships through social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn.
- Working on a client’s branding and sprucing up their logo and colors.
- Managing a client’s Pinterest account.
- Writing blog posts or other content.
This doesn’t even scratch the surface. Believe me, the list is loooong!
What are benefits of being a Virtual Assistant?
Freedom to work from anywhere
A major benefit of becoming a virtual assistant is that you can work from wherever you want. You can work from home, you can travel the world and still get your job done by logging into your computer, or you can work at a nearby coffee shop. No matter what appeals to you most, being able to choose where you do your job is an unparalleled benefit.
You will not have a set schedule, which means you can work whenever you want. If it is the middle of the night and you wake up with an idea for a project or just need to get something done, there is no reason why you shouldn’t follow through with that. Working from home or wherever else you might choose means that you will have the benefit of being able to work whenever you want.
This flexibility also includes family time and being there for your children or your pets. If you want to go for a walk with your dog, or if you need to go pick up your kids from soccer practice, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do so. Those kinds of things should always come before any job and because being a virtual assistant will give you the benefit of infinite flexibility, you can spend time with your loved ones whenever you want.
Choose your own clients
Another benefit of working as a VA at home is that you can choose your own clients. This is something that you can’t do if you work in an office because your boss would pick the people who are assigned to you. With being a virtual assistant, you have 100% control over who you want to do business with.
If you happen to work with a client you don’t connect with very well, you have the freedom to end the working relationship without any messy breakups. In short, you are completely in control of who you choose to do business with and that is an invaluable benefit.
Choose your projects
As a virtual assistant with your own business, you also get to choose what you like to work on. You can work on whatever projects you want, which is the benefit of being self-employed.
Once you’re an established VA with regular clients, you are free to choose projects you are passionate about.
If you’re good with social media, you can choose specific channels you enjoy working on such as Twitter or Facebook marketing. For graphic designers, logo creation and branding are always good choices.
The point is, the benefit of choosing your own projects as a virtual assistant will feel more fulfilling than if you’re stuck with something you hate working on.
One outstanding benefit of being a VA is the sheer variety of jobs to choose from.
These range from entry-level virtual assistant jobs like answering phones and scheduling meetings to more specific tasks like writing scripts, creating and editing YouTube videos, and being the face of your client on TikTok.
See, I told you there was variety! 😉
If you already have business-oriented skills such as marketing, sales, management, and finance then you’ve got a recipe for corporate VA success.
There’s also a variety of virtual assistant jobs in social media management , content writing, editing, social media marketing, blogging and forum management.
You’ll have no shortage of jobs to choose from which is a HUGE benefit of becoming a virtual assistant. You’ll never be bored!
Work for multiple clients at once
As a virtual assistant, you’re allowed to work for more than one client at the same time. In fact, it’s encouraged to work for more than one client if you’d like to scale your income to full-time levels.
This would mean you can pick and choose from a few (or several) optimal clients you can work for part time to raise your income to whatever you need it to be.
Which brings me to my next and perhaps most appealing benefit to being a virtual assistant.
Virtual assistants can set their own rate of pay
If getting paid whatever you ask isn’t a HUGE benefit of virtual assistant work, I don’t know what is! Virtual assistants get to set their own pay rates, and this can be a life-changer for sure.
While you may not be able to charge as much when you’re first starting out, you’ll learn more skills and eventually be able to charge the rate of pay that you’re worth– not what somebody else thinks you should get paid.
If a client doesn’t want to pay your rates that’s okay too. You can just move on to the next one.
There’s no shortage of clients who are willing to pay you the rate that you and your level of expertise are worth! The beauty of being your own boss as a VA is your ability to walk away from clients who want the world on a platter for a pile of pennies.
Save time and money with no commute
This is a big benefit for your wallet and your family!
Being a virtual assistant has the added benefit of saving you up to $10,000 in gas and car maintenance each year as well as saving time wasted on commuting.
I’d also dare to add that it’s possible to share a car with your significant other if the two of you work from home, work opposite schedules, or simply live in an area that’s walking and biking friendly. Something to think about, at least.
You can build skills and experience as you go
This is my absolute favorite benefit of being a virtual assistant. You DON’T need to be a super expert at everything to get started.
It’s perfectly okay to start out with a basic set of skills [things you’re good at already] and build up to more complex ones as you gain more experience and add to your training.
For example, I started out several years back adding blog posts into WordPress for a large online website chain. After I got comfortable with websites, I wanted to learn how to design and build sites myself.
That’s a great service to offer small business owners, by the way.
There aren’t many business owners (online or otherwise) who like to mess with websites. And they will pay good money to VAs who know how to set one up and maintain it for them.
I fell in love with setting up blogs and sites for people.
If you want to give it a shot (even if you don’t “think” you’re very techy), I’ll show you how to set up your own website or blog for free and you can see how you like it. It’s great practice and will likely show you that you’re more tech savvy than you think!
My philosophy has always been #neverstoplearning!
I LOVE adding to my skillset.
Having a diverse set of skills allows you to charge more and build an outstanding portfolio of services you can offer.
The courses I’ve taken to date [and I use every one of these to build on my business and services]:
- Freelance writing course
- WordPress website building course
- Pinterest course
- Longtail keyword course (for ranking content on Google for search terms that are less competitive)
- SEO training from an expert (my friend Debbie who actually bought my blog a few years ago)
How do I become a virtual assistant?
It might seem like an easy question, but it’s not so simple!
You’ll need a little more than a computer and internet access to get started. But don’t worry, you likely already have skills and strengths you can market to attract clients as a beginner.
Here are some first steps to take as you consider becoming a virtual assistant
- Identify the passions and skills you already have — that’s right, put pen to paper and make a big old list.
- Decide how much money you’d like to earn per month. Be realistic at first when you’re new.
- Choose a few skills you don’t have yet, but would like to learn so you can offer a variety of services.
- Research some of the most in-demand services to get ideas that will boost your earnings.
My best advice is to invest in some amazing training that will help you with everything from business setup, to filling up your entire client calendar — and everything in between.
Keep reading for some GREAT INSPIRATION …
Do virtual assistants make good money?
So how much does a virtual assistant make per hour?
This is the loaded question that everyone wants to know.
As an aspiring virtual assistant, it’s a very important piece of the equation.
According to the site Payscale, virtual assistants can earn anywhere from $25,000-$75,000 per year depending on what services, how many hours you work, and how you price you work.
That’s not a very straight answer, I know.
VA work and income is very unique for each individual … which is one of the best benefits of being a virtual assistant!
Here’s an extraordinary example of a VA success story!
Abbey Ashley (I’ll give you the scoop below on what makes her THE expert!) says that a general pay range is between $25 – $40 per hour.
What’s so special about Abbey?
She has one of the best rags to riches stories ever in the virtual assistant world!
Here’s what she has to say about her journey — maybe you can relate?
- She was newly married and pregnant and BROKE — translate: freezing-cold-apartment broke.
- They lived paycheck to paycheck and all Abbey could think about was the hole in her heart that would come from leaving her sweet baby to go back to work.
- She tried selling things on eBay, nanny work, and even preparing freezer meals for people … and nothing was working.
- A dear friend mentioned VA work and Abbey realized it was the perfect fit — she was already super organized with schedules, time and calendar management.
- [See what she did there? She capitalized on the strengths she already had … you can too!]
- You could say Abbey was a smashing success!
- Once she got her first client, it was a dream-come-true from there. She was able to book our her services while on maternity leave which DOUBLED the income she’d made at the job she hated.
- And she was able to stay home with her new baby — win, win, win!!
- Abbey attracted so much work that she built a team of VAs to handle it all, which then led to many people begging her to teach them how to become a creative virtual assistant.
If that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what’s wrong with you. Just kidding (sort of)!
The course Abbey created is the premier training (and ONLY course you’ll ever need) on becoming a personal assistant in the virtual world.
Putting this all together …
If you’re looking for a way to make money at home, the benefits of being a virtual assistant are many!
- You can earn anywhere from $25,000-$75,000+ per year depending on your services and how many much you work.
- There are very few limitations to getting started. Mostly you’ll need a laptop, good internet connection, and a can-do mindset.
- You can say goodbye to that long commute and wasted time because everything happens from YOUR location, not theirs.
- You’ll have complete location independence — work from Italy? No problem …
In the words of Abbey Ashley:
“For me, the goal has always been freedom.
It started out with just freedom from financial stress, but it grew into so much more.
I now have freedom to make my own plan for the day; freedom to be able to take off and go to lunch with my kids at their school; freedom to travel; freedom to choose adventure; freedom to make my own plan and be proud of it.”
AHEM . . .
There’s also the fact that she’s expanded into a full virtual assistant agency as well as creating the most thorough and comprehensive VA course ever.
If you’d like to turn these benefits of becoming a virtual assistant into a reality, Abbey’s course is unlike any other.
Many of her students (a huge percentage!) end up gaining their first client (or three!) while still working through her course. The investment in the course pays for itself by a landslide.
Or if you’d like to sign up for Abbey’s FREE virtual assistant training webinar to get a taste of what you’ll learn from Abbey, sign up right now. You won’t regret it!