I’ve tried my hand at a lot of work-from-home gigs. And, hands down, one of my faves were the few virtual assistants jobs I’ve held over the years.
Virtual assistant jobs are versatile and flexible. They’re perfect for the side-hustling mama to the full-time freelancer (and everyone in between).
And, you can opt to contract with a virtual assistant company or strike out on your own as a freelance virtual assistant. But before we jump into the meat and potatoes of virtual assistant jobs, let’s look at the basics of this beginner-friendly remote job.
What is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant is someone who provides support and completes tasks from a remote location. This means that a virtual assistant in Texas could make travel arrangements for someone in Germany or coordinate meetings for an executive in Seattle.
Really, the possibilities are endless.
Thanks to our ever-connected world and ability to do pretty much anything with a computer and Internet connection, virtual assistants can provide just about any service that an in-office administrative assistant can.
And this means a lot of legitimate virtual assistant jobs out there for anyone looking to make an income from home.
What does it take to be a virtual assistant?
Given that virtual assistants are entirely remote, you’ll need a computer, high-speed internet and telephone to stay connected with clients and complete tasks.
Depending on the client or company you contract with, there are likely to be additional requirements.
For example, I’ve seen some companies require their virtual assistants, or VAs as they’re called, to have a landline phone. Others require VAs to have the capability to fax, scan and copy from their home office. And still some require specific skills like the ability to type 75 WPM or working knowledge of Photoshop.
The required skill sets or software needed will depend on the company or a client’s nature of business and their individual needs.
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Who would make an outstanding virtual assistant?
If you refer to yourself as a Jack or Jill of all trades, you’d probably make a great virtual assistant. Since VAs are often tasked with a variety of jobs, you’ll need to have a little knowledge of a lot of things or at the very least be really proficient in Internet research in order to come up with the answer/solution to any question/problem.
Generally speaking, virtual assistants:
- Have great communication skills
- Can write effectively
- Are self starters
- Roll with the punches
- Stay cool, calm and collected under pressure
- Know how to multitask and prioritize
- Work with a sense of urgency
- Require limited direction
If you’ve ever worked as an admin assistant, personal assistant or in any kind of secretarial role, then you already know what it takes to provide support to others and get things done quickly, efficiently and without interruption to a client’s schedule. A virtual assistant’s role is no different with the exception that you’ll be doing it entirely from home.
Companies that Offer Virtual Assistant Jobs
While some people choose to create their own virtual assistant job, others are more interested in contracting with a company. Really, each has its pros and cons! If you’re looking for companies that do contract with VAs, check out this list:
- Always hiring
- Part-time work starting at five hours a week with the option to increase to 20 hours based on performance
- Hires worldwide
- Must email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information about the hiring process
EA Help BELAY Solutions
- Formerly EA Help
- Requires previous experience assisting high-level executives
- Must know social media management, calendaring, and project coordination
- Must have a quiet home office with latest MS Office installed
- 1099 contractor role
- Actively hiring for Executive Assistants, Marketing & Social Media Specialists, Project Management, and Virtual Paralegals
- Has a program specifically for Military Spouses (learn more here)
- Should have 7 years experience in your field
- Requires in-depth internet knowledge
- Qualified applicants hear back within 14 days of applying
- Hiring process includes 2 video interviews, psychometric testing, and background/reference checks
- Virtual answering/receptionist services
- Answer calls during a company’s business hours and takes messages
- May also schedule appointments or take orders
- Not much by way of application process, if interested, need to email email@example.com
Care 2 Share
- Real estate staffing company that hires VAs
- Must have Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. availability
- WordPress, Adobe, and real estate experience preferred
- Must have high speed internet, noise-free working space, headset with microphone
for phone calls
- Also prefers college grads, those with accounting experience and knowledge of QuickBooks
- Send resume to jobs@caretwoshare if interested
Note: On August 10, 2015, Zirtual abruptly shut down. They remained closed for seven days until Startups.co (a startup launch platform) acquired Zirtual. They resumed service beginning August 17, 2015. Since then, they haven’t hired Virtual Assistants. If they do start hiring VAs again, I’ll be sure to write an update!
Rigorous hiring process Posts virtual assistant jobs by state–may only be hiring for certain states New virtual assistants, or ZAs as they’re called, are enrolled in “Zirtual University” Must have Monday through Friday availability between 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the timezone of your client(s) No weekend work required Major holidays are recognized
- Offers both full and part time virtual assistant jobs
- Prefers individuals with specialized experience in a particular field, ex. social media, WordPress, graphic design, Google tools, etc.
- Must be available at least four hours a day Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
- Need to have high speed internet and reliable phone access
- Pay rate starts at $10.00 per hour with room for advancement after 60 days
- Appears to be very part-time work (read the review here)
- Requires a minimum of just three hours of availability per week but prefers a five hour per week commitment
- Must be available Monday through Friday
- Need to have 2-3 years of admin/secretarial experience
- Starting pay rate of $11.00 per hour
- Need to have a Skype account, printer, and Microsoft Office
- Writing skills preferred as jobs might include blogging, content writing, social media updates
- Prefers a one-year commitment
- Hires on a contract basis for both full and part time virtual assistant jobs
- Seeking individuals who are seeking to work long term
- Has several opportunities available:
- Scheduling & Appointment Setting
- Admin/Operations Support
- Event Planning
- If interested, send resume and cover letter to Michelle Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Seeking work-at-home receptionists to handle calls, answer questions, schedule appointments, etc.
- Must be living in the United States
- Need to have a headset for answering calls, reliable high-speed internet connection, type at least 50 wpm
- Should be able to speak in a “neutral accent”
- Experience providing phone-based support and customer service is a plus
- Pay rate starting at $9.25 per hour
- Crowdsourced VA platform (read the review here)
- Paid per task ($2-$7)
- Work available 24/7
- Payments issued every two weeks
- Pays via Dwolla
- Opportunity to move up
- Help small businesses around the world with their social media accounts
- Write creative content for social media (Twitter, Facebook, G+, LinkedIn)
- Discover and find unique content around the Internet
- Minimum commitment of 10 hours
- Earn an average of $12/hour
- Not always hiring
- Hired on freelance basis
- Hiring takes place via Upwork
- Answer phone calls and take messages on behalf of clients
- Light transcription work
- Base pay + per call pay
- Availability from 2pm-6pm PST is ideal
- Bilingual candidate are a plus
- Always looking for executive virtual assistants to add to their team (read review)
- Work as team — you will not be assigned to a particular client
- Most common tasks include research, proofreading, scheduling, document creation, travel arrangements
- You can work as either a Virtual Executive Assistant or Remote Travel Specialist
- Assistants are available Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST
- Work as a virtual concierge
- Service operates 24/7/365 — you must be available nights, weekends, and holidays
- Respond to customer requests via phone, email and live chat
- Full-time and part-time positions available
- College degree not required, but preferred
- Previous customer service, travel experience and/or white glove customer service experience
- Must complete a self-guided interview
- Employee position
- Will need to create a five-minute video as part of the application process (answer questions, show your workspace, and demonstrate your personality)
- Have four days to complete the application process
Office 88 Tele-Staff
- Must sign up and take a short test
- Four types of virtual assistant jobs:
- web designer
- graphic designer
- Hired as a freelancer
- Can also earn commission for selling Office 88 services
- Not always hiring (scroll to the bottom of the page to see if they are)
- Virtual assistants complete a variety of tasks — personal, business, travel, administrative, management, etc.
- Must be college educated
- Clients get to choose their plans and whether or not they work with a team of assistants or a dedicated assistant
- Says they’re always looking for the “best and brightest.” However, they’re not always hiring
- Contract position as an executive assistant
- Administrative background is helpful to get hired here
- Assist small business owners, solopreneurs, and busy professionals with a variety of clerical and admin-related tasks
- Must go through a certification process
- Application also includes a number of tests — personality, sample tasks, practice scenarios, etc.
- Most tasks include scheduling, calendar management, travel arrangements, and appointment setting
- No application or careers page; Must send your resume to email@example.com if you’re interested in working with them
- Work as a remote assistant, mostly processing emails
- You also help ‘train’ Clara’s artificial intelligence platform
- Must be familiar with Google Calendar and Gmail
- Hired as an independent contractor
- Flexible schedule, but must be available during business hours PST
- Must be a resident of the U.S. (Texas residents cannot be accepted)
- Contract position
- Pays weekly; $9.00/hour for actual work completed (not idle time)
- Must complete free training before being offered a contract
- Decide how much you want to work and for which clients
- Must live in El Salvador
- Candidates must have advanced English skills
- Requires availability between Monday-Friday
- Must be comfortable working on tasks like bookkeeping, social media, management, and bill collecting
- Must email your resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- You will only be contacted if you are a good fit for an existing client
- Average pay rate is $10-$12 per hour
- Most assistants work part-time, 20-120 hours per month
- Should be committed to learning new skills and professional development
- Services you may need to know include marketing, admin support, and real estate
- Can work as an executive assistant, personal assistant, or social media assistant
- Also has opportunities for non-U.S. residents (learn more here)
Create Your Own Virtual Assistant Job
As you can see, there are no shortages of virtual assistant jobs out there. But contracting with a virtual assistant company or getting hired on as an employee doesn’t make sense for everyone.
The good news is, you can start your own virtual assistant business — even if you have no experience. Just ask Gina Horkey. She built a successful VA business from scratch to $12,000/month.
She’s pretty transparent about how she got there, and even delivers the step-by-step goods in her self-paced course, 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success — the perfect place to start your VA career regardless of your past experience!
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