5 Steps to Earn Money by Virtual Assistant
According to a US survey, it has been observed that 4 out of 10 people are unemployed. The main reason behind this is less number of jobs. Most people are looking here and there in search of a permanent job, but they hardly find one. Lack of knowledge spoils everything in the life of common people. While looking for jobs in the newspaper, they often forget to seek the help of the most useful tool internet. Various online jobs are waiting for you all. All you need to do is search for a job that suits you and apply for it. You can work as a freelancer or a virtual assistant.
A virtual assistant is the one who works either for a person or an organization from home, he is not physically present and works via computer. A virtual assistant’s services can be answering emails, fixing appointments, Web designing, Digital marketing (SEO, SMM), social media marketing, content writing, and many more.
Virtual assistants are of major interest for entrepreneurs. Mostly, entrepreneurs are not interested in setting up an office sort of thing with lots of staff. They prefer hiring Virtual assistants so that the work can be done from their home.
You don’t have to invest even a single penny. Create an account on various sites on which people hire virtual assistants. Upload proofs of your qualifications, experiences (if any) and a short description of the skill that you persist.
It’s not just for those who are looking for full-time jobs. If you are willing to earn a bit more, you can apply too. But make sure you apply for those jobs that don’t take much of your time or else you might end up losing both virtual as well as the job that you’re doing.
Here are 5 simple steps for earning money as a virtual assistant:
- Choose a platform
- Decide which service you want to offers as a VA
- Build a website
- Decide your charges
- Socialize yourself
1. Choose a platform
There are many companies that hire a Virtual Assistant, you can choose from one of them. Create an account and upload your skills, the field of work and qualifications on them. Every day hundreds of services are uploaded on these websites.
Top 5 best Virtual Assistant companies are:
The merger of two famous VA companies, Elance and oDesk gave rise to Upwork. With a network of more than 1 million people across the world, Upwork has proved to be the best platform for those who are looking for VA jobs as well as for those who are looking for hiring Virtual Assistants. All those who are looking for web developing jobs, mobile developing jobs, writing jobs, digital marketing jobs, graphic designing jobs and many more jobs of their suitability can approach Upwork.
The best thing is that it provides invoice payment for VA jobs. you can charge per hour, per day or per project, whichever way suits you.
Like other VA job sites, Guru also provides various jobs to those who are looking for it. It has a network of around 3,000,000 people worldwide. It’s a platform full of opportunities for programmers & developers, designers & artists, writers & translators, engineers & architects, sales & marketing experts, etc. You just have to create an account and be a member of Guru.
Amazon Mechanical Turk
For employers and employees both it’s a website of hundreds of options. It’s a 24*7 working platform. You only have to create an account, search for tasks that suit your capability, work on it and earn. Various jobs available on Amazon Mechanical Turk are cleaning data, finding google keyword, content writing, web designing, email writing, and reading, etc.
Freelance.com is easy to find a job platform for all the freelancers who are looking for jobs. There are at least hundreds of jobs of a single type. You just have to upload what you are good at, post the fee that you will charge for it. Bidding takes place in all the freelancing sites. If someone is offering the job for $50 per day, offer it for $40. Don’t lower your price too much as it might give an impression to the employer, that you are a newbie and you hardly know something about the work offered. It will lower your profile ratings and will also create a bad influence on your work. Comment on projects that are not yet picked up by anyone.
Bottleneck Virtual Assistants
Launched in 2006, BVA has gained importance by the tremendous opportunities posted every day by hundreds of employers. The most popular VA services available here are a medical transcription, customer care, graphic designing, web designing, social media management, audio, and video editing, etc.
With an experience of 6 years in the field of providing virtual assistant services. Task bullet has won the heart of those who are searching for VA jobs. top services provided by Task Bullet are customer service, email marketing, website designing, social media marketing.
2. Decide which service you want to offers as a VA
You need to know what you are good at if you are already doing a job and taking up the job of a virtual assistant as a part-time job than you surely know your skills. There must definitely be a field which you are good at. You can choose to work as a content writer, web designer, graphic designer, digital marketer, social media marketer, proofreading blog posts, researching, and fast checking formatting email newsletter, providing customer support, etc. Make sure that in a hustle to earn more you don’t end up taking more jobs and won’t be able to complete on time.
3. Build a website
Creating a website is a trend I believe. A trend which everyone is willingly following. You can create a website of your own too, to attract more employers. It will also be an easy to contact method for those who are looking for virtual assistants like you. Build a website, which should contain services that you offer and at what rate (per hour, per day or per project), proofs of your work, past experience, feedback of your clients, contact information, email or phone number. In addition to these add some pictures to make it more attractive, along with catchy contents.
4. Decide your charges
As a beginner, follow the concept of neither too low nor too high. Don’t flow with the way of earning money, and set up the too high price which will force people to either think twice or move to another profile. You can check other virtual assistant’s profile of the same field to have a rough idea of the charges. You are free to decide your charges hourly, daily, or project wise. For example, if you are working as a content writer, you can charge $50 per article. You can start with a low rate to gain some experience, later on, you can increase your charges after you gain some popularity in your work. Take up only those jobs on which you have full confidence that you will be able to do.
5. Socialize yourself
If at first, you don’t get any job (even if you do still), post on social media regarding the job that you can do and at what rate. You can choose your friends as your first client as well as their friends. you can also work on the posted jobs if someone doesn’t approach you. Start with them, they can prove as a good start-up.
How to be a good Virtual Assistant?
- Know your skills, work on them and have proper command on them.
- Keep a check on your equipment you will require in your work.
- For working as a virtual assistant, you need to have an immense typing speed, a minimum of 45 words per minute.
- Always make a schedule, work according to it. It’s a sign of a good worker.
- Try to look for jobs that are offered by renown companies.
- It’s a well known saying that ‘Failing to plan is planning to fail’. Before starting any work make a plan on how to do it on time.
- Always make a habit of completing a given task and submitting before the deadline.
- Try to be an expert in at least two fields, don’t just focus on only one field.
- Don’t lose your patience, because every day you will come across various impatient clients who will start asking for their 4 days before the deadline.
If you are thinking about how much you will be able to earn, then let me tell you that it depends on the type of work for which you are hired. Different services have different salary. The salary of a virtual assistant is not less than what a normal person gets during his 9 to 6 office schedules.
As a Virtual assistant, the two most important qualities that you need to persist are good writing and managing skills. You need to be very patient and a positive thinker. Learn from your mistakes and the feedback that you get from your clients. You can start whenever you want. Jobs are waiting for you.
Hope this article was able to help you all and if you have any query, Do comment here.