With the right skills and attitude, you will surely land in any of the virtual assistant jobs for beginners that online companies offer. Needless to say, you can earn as much as you can, and eventually, you can build your own virtual assistant business if you want to.
As the saying goes, in whatever you want to achieve in life, it all starts with a single step. So, if you want to succeed in life all you have to do is begin! Just like if you want to be a successful virtual assistant, no need to delay, start today!
We know a lot of people who started from scratch in their respective work from home careers, and now, through hard work and determination (never ever giving up!) they were able to build a very lucrative job! And you can just be one of them!
Yes! You can! If you just believe in yourself, and in what you are capable to do!
Some of us are kind of hesitant to even begin with. Well, that is very understandable because sometimes it can really be scary to start something especially if you totally have no idea. Just like virtual assisting.
A lot of people are cautious about entering such a job because they thought they can’t do it, when in fact, it’s easy. Well, generally speaking, any job is easy for as long as you love it and you enjoy doing it.
Anyway, as we were saying a while ago, there are so many virtual assistant jobs for beginners out there to choose from. There are a lot of companies that offer virtual assistant jobs for beginners and pros alike.
Before you even panic, don’t worry, because you know, even if you are competing with a pro, at the end of the day, companies will hire someone who has the right attitude to do the job. Oh! And being positive and believing in yourself can do a lot!
Later on, we are going to share with you some of the companies that open their doors to newbies in the virtual assisting world. For now, let us educate yourself first about the job. You know, in anything, like in any job in the world, it is very important that before anything else — you must be fully aware of what you are getting yourself into.
You have to be knowledgeable about the job or the craft you are going to pursue, otherwise, you will just waste time and effort.
Having said that we are going to answer some of the questions that are commonly asked by people who want to get into virtual assistant jobs from home no experience. These questions include:
- What is the definition of a virtual assistant?
- What are the tasks of a virtual assistant?
- What are the characteristics and qualities of an excellent virtual assistant?
- Who normally are the clients of virtual assistants?
- How much does a virtual assistant make?
- How to become a virtual assistant with no experience?
- What companies offer virtual assistant jobs at home?
WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?
According to the website, Investopedia.com, a virtual assistant is “an independent contractor who provides administrative services to clients while operating outside of the client’s office”. Normally, he or she operates from his or her home office. Even so, a virtual assistant has all the necessary remote access to his or her client’s email, planning documents like calendars, and more.
A virtual assistant may offer various types of services from administrative tasks to more complex ones like social media campaigns, blogging, etc. Virtual assistants may also opt to specialize in a specific field as if he or she wants to focus on data entry, blogging, etc. In fact, specialized virtual assistants nowadays are more in demand, and salary-wise, more competitive.
If you want to know more about how to become a virtual assistant in this video by Gillian Perkins, an author, entrepreneur, and marketing strategist.
WHAT ARE THE TASKS OF A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?
Before you even begin searching online or virtual assistant jobs for beginners, it is very important that you are fully aware of the specific duties of a virtual assistant.
Generally, a virtual assistant’s duties vary according to what the needs of his or her client are, and also, on what is written in the term of the contract. Normally though, most virtual assistants handle bookkeeping and clerical tasks, while some may be tasked to post regular social media updates, or may be required to write articles for a blog on a daily basis.
A well-rounded virtual assistant may also be tasked to handle his or her client’s travel arrangements, data entry, appointment scheduling, online file storage, and more.
Once you are hired or better if before you sign a contract or agreement, you have to make sure that your client provides you detailed instructions about the tasks that you need to perform. Doing so will also help ensure a smoother working relationship between you and your client. It also helps reduce the risk of misunderstandings that usually happen when working remotely.
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS AND QUALITIES OF AN EXCELLENT VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?
What we like about virtual assisting is that it is open for anyone regardless of educational or professional backgrounds. In fact, most of the virtual assistants today are stay at home moms who chose to leave their regular day job to pursue being a fulltime mom.
The virtual assistant profession is so diverse in a lot of ways. While people with the administrative or clerical background may have an advantage, those who are from other professional fields are usually given an equal virtual assisting opportunity – as long as they are willing to learn and they have the right skills for the job.
Professional and educational background aside, the ones written below are some of the traits that help make an excellent virtual assistant. These traits include the following:
Furthermore, according to TheVAHandbook.com, below are some of the qualities that most clients or companies are looking for in a virtual assistant:
- Good communicator
- Dependable / Reliable / Consistent
- Versatile / Flexible / Adaptable
- Trustworthy / Honest
Of course, these are just some of the many traits and qualities that may be helpful in the job. If you have these traits and qualities in you, then who knows!? Virtual assisting may just be the perfect remote job for you!
WHO NORMALLY ARE THE CLIENTS OF VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS?
Now that you already know the traits and qualities that clients look for in a virtual assistant, it is only right that you also make yourself aware of who in particular look for virtual assistants.
Some of the people who usually hire virtual assistants are:
- Small business owners
- Busy professionals
Some people just have so many things to do in a day that it makes doing everything impossible – thus, the work of a virtual assistant. While some companies may opt to hire a regular assistant, these people we mentioned above would rather choose to hire a virtual assistant to keep costs at a minimum. Well, by hiring virtual assistants, the clients get to save from overhead costs. Hiring a virtual assistant is very cost-efficient compared to an in-office employee.
HOW MUCH DOES A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT MAKE?
How much you make as a virtual assistant depends on a lot of factors. However, normally, like any other online job, you have to take into consideration your years of experience as a virtual assistant, as well as your line of expertise if there’s any.
To give you an idea, here’s a data from Upwork.com:
First, for administrative professional or data entry virtual assistant, which work involves data entry, proofreading research, excel, clerical work and more, the average pay rate is usually around $12 to $20 per hour.
Second, for marketing virtual assistant, customer service and/or accounting support whose job includes copywriting, accounting, customer support, marketing support, social media marketing, email marketing, WordPress, Quickbooks, and more, the average pay rate is $20 to $35 per hour.
Lastly, for an advanced virtual assistant or consultant executive assistant whose tasks include content management, web development, server management, business consulting, project management, and more, the average hourly pay rate is $38 to $50.
When charging your clients, apart from your skills, years of experience, and expertise, you also take into consideration your overhead costs like your electric bills, laptop or desktop computer maintenance, internet connection, holidays and leaves, as well as health benefits. Take note that while a regular day job may give you a lot of really good benefits when you are working virtually, you do not get to such. So, yeah, think about that as well.
HOW TO BECOME A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT WITH NO EXPERIENCE?
You already know what virtual assisting is all about, what it requires to be one, and how to come up with a pay rate. But how does one really start becoming a virtual assistant without any experience?
Like any other job out there, as a beginner, you have to familiarize yourself in the job, and then pick a niche. Why? Because it is easier to find potential clients, land a job, and establish yourself as an expert in that certain field.
The virtual assistant is actually very generic. It’d broad. If you really want to take this seriously and you want to excel in this field, you have to specialize or focus on a particular niche.
To give you an idea, here are some of the most common options you have if you opt to work as a virtual assistant:
– Social Media Assistant. As a virtual social media assistant, your job entails managing and updating the social media accounts of your clients. Most of your potential clients are bloggers, business owners, as well as brands. Apart from managing and updating social media accounts, your job may also include content creation, finding share-worthy articles, graphics creation, as well as responding to messages.
– Blogger’s Social Media Assistant. As a blogger’s assistant, your job may include writing and editing content, creating graphics, responding to emails, and more.
– Ecommerce Assistant. Your clients are primarily online store owners who need extra help to keep up with their day to day schedules. Your job as an assistant may include writing product descriptions, tracking packages and handling returns, responding to customer billing inquiries, as well as promoting sales and product launches.
– General Admin Assistant. You probably are thinking why this is even here. Well, being a general admin assistant is a niche in itself. Not everyone can be a jack of all trades, right? So, if you are able to multi-task, and do a variety of admin work, then being a general admin assistant is perfect for you.
WHAT COMPANIES OFFER VIRTUAL ASSISTANT JOBS AT HOME?
As a newbie, it is important that you know exactly where to find virtual assistant jobs for beginners. This way you get to save both your time and effort. Also, do take note that the internet is also a home for bogus sites, which you never ever want to get affiliated with, right?
Anyway, to help you find virtual assistant jobs for beginners, we listed down below some of the best sites that offer virtual assisting opportunities.
99 Dollar Social
Although we are not that pretty sure how often 99 Dollar Social hires virtual assistants, what we are sure of is that they seem to not require any past virtual assisting experience. In fact, based on their job description, the company prefers to hire people who are comfortable using and updating social media. The reason is very simple because your job as a virtual assistant revolves around managing and updating social media accounts of your clients.
Time Etc. requires at least five years of work experience, however, it does not specifically indicate that it has to be virtual assisting. We assume though that any sort of administrative experience is good enough to get hired as a virtual assistant for Time Etc. In addition, they also prefer hiring people with experience working from home.
Time Etc. offers a very flexible work schedule. In fact, they only require working at least three hours a week. So, if you want to work, but you only have very limited time to do so, then Time Etc. is your perfect match.
If you are looking for a task-based virtual assistant work, then Fancy Hands is perfect for you. What we like about Fancy Hands is that once you are accepted to work for them, all you have to do is log in at your Fancy Hands account anytime, anywhere. Then, browse the company’s platform for virtual assistant tasks, and choose the ones you want to do.
You get to see a variety of tasks in there – from appointment setting to research. Since you are the one choosing the tasks you want to do, you better be quick because other virtual assistants may be eyeing the very same kind of job that you are eyeing for.
Vicky Virtual does not run out of virtual assisting job opportunities. In fact, they are regularly looking for one to handle the different tasks for their pool of clients.
Unlike other virtual assisting jobs though, the ones available at Vicky Virtual are mostly phone work. If you do not mind working on the phone or you even like doing so, then you will not have a problem with Vicky Virtual.
The company does not require a previous virtual assistant job experience. They hire both beginners and pros provided you embody the main characteristics that the company is looking for in a virtual assistant. These characteristics include the ability to multi-task, can easily learn new things, and comfortable using a computer to name a few.
Belay is one of the most well-known companies that offer virtual assistant jobs for beginners and pros alike. In particular, they hire people who have at least five years’ experience doing admin support – this does not necessarily pertain to virtual assisting but anything admin-related in either online or offline work.
Although it is not a primary requirement, the company prefers hiring those with a bachelor’s degree, and with at least some work from home experience.
Who does not know Upwork!? Upwork is one if not the largest freelance marketplace there is today. Literally, the site has thousands of work from home gigs posted at any given time.
While signing up at Upwork is free, they do take a 10% cut of any payments received (which you have to consider in your pay rate if you wish to find a job using this platform). If you think Upwork is for you, all you got to do is to completely fill out your profile. Then, a little knowledge of crafting pitches will help you find a job in here.
Like Upwork, Indeed is also a very popular job listing site. In fact, it is considered as the world’s biggest online search engine. It offers both full-time and part-time gigs from different parts of the world. Indeed offers a variety of virtual assistant jobs for beginners and pros alike. So, if you want more virtual assistant job options to choose from, check Indeed’s website.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON VIRTUAL ASSISTANT JOBS FOR BEGINNERS
Finding virtual assistant jobs for beginners is one thing, being successful in this line of work is another thing. But as we earlier mentioned, at the end of the day, for as long as you love what you do, and you have the passion for it, you will, for sure succeed in it.