What if there was a way you could make money online… with zero experience?
If I told you that really existed, would you believe me?
Well, it's true.
It doesn't require any money to start, it's not an MLM, it's not a get-rich-quick scheme, and I'm not posing with a Lambo to try and prove anything.
I have been a virtual assistant since 2017 and I know that it is the absolute easiest way to start making money online. It's the best way to start earning a remote income so you can travel!
What Is a Virtual Assistant?
A virtual assistant is a freelancer that provides services online to businesses and/or entrepreneurs. A virtual assistant can provide a wide range of services, or just a few, depending on their particular skill set.
A virtual assistant, or VA, is self-employed and decides their own pay rates, their own hours, and even chooses the clients they will or will not work with.
Why Become a Virtual Assistant?
Honestly, become a virtual assistant (aka freelancer) is the quickest way to start making money online. You can get started with minimal training or research using the skills you already have – so basically, you can get started right away.
You can start taking clients as a virtual assistant as a side-hustle before you quit your job. Once you gain experience, it can become your full-time gig.
As a virtual assistant, you are in charge of your own hours and how much you get paid. You can work whenever you want and where ever you want – being a VA is the quickest way to location-independent income.
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How Much Money Can You Make as a Virtual Assistant?
As a virtual assistant, you aren't bound to a certain pay rate or a certain number of hours in the week. Virtual assistants set their own hours and they set their own pay rate – meaning you can make as much as you want as a virtual assistant.
A common hourly rate for a total beginner virtual assistant is $20-$30 per hour. This may sound like a lot, but keep in mind: most virtual assistants aren't working 40 hours per week. If you don't have to, why would you?
If you can cover your bills by charging $30 an hour and only working 20 hours a week, then that leaves all that other time for traveling, spending time with your family, or working on building a passive-income business on the side.
Many VA's (myself included) charge by the project or package instead of by the hour. It is common to see monthly social media management or website design being charged by a package rate – for some projects it just makes more sense.
50+ Services to Offer as a Virtual Assistant:
You can get started with many of these 50+ services as a beginner, and for some of them, you'll need just a bit of training. Not to worry, though! A virtual assistant journey is one full of learning and as you gain knowledge, your income will increase too!
Customer service is a skill pretty much everyone these days has and if you don't, it's a super easy skill to learn. It's also a skill many busy businesses and entrepreneurs just don't have time to do! Here are some customer service tasks you can handle as a VA:
- Handling customer inquiries via phone
- Handling customer inquiries via email
- Monitoring live chat
- Processing orders
- Processing refunds
- Customer community management – i.e. Facebook groups, etc
If you have an admin background, offering administrative support is a very helpful and in-demand service.
- Managing client calendar
- Travel Planning
- Email Management
- Voicemail Monitoring
- Data Entry
- File Mangement
- Spreadsheet creation
- Database Management
- Preparing slideshows, letters, emails, etc
Content Creation and Management:
From freelance writing to blog management, content services require a bit more skill and experience, but they are also in high demand.
- Writing articles
- Updating articles
- Writing social media posts
- Creating graphics for website/social media
- Proofreading and/or Editing Posts
- Adding links to posts
- Creating and managing editorial calendar
- Generating topic ideas
- Outlining articles
- Keyword research
Social media management is one of the very first places I tell new VA's to start. Social media is often one of the biggest time-sucks for small businesses and entrepreneurs and they are more than happy to outsource these tasks to a virtual assistant.
- Setting up business pages
- Creating content for pages
- Managing Facebook Groups
- Creating cover photo graphics
- Creating social share graphics
- Monitoring and replying to comments
- Monitoring and replying to messages
- Growing social media followings
- Engaging members in groups and on pages
- Running ad campaigns
Depending on your skill level, blog and website management is a great service to offer as a VA. And it's not a difficult one to learn! The best way to learn blog and website management is to start your own blog.
- Keeping plugins and themes up-to-date
- Optimizing articles and pages for SEO
- Monitoring comments
- Monitoring analytics and reporting trends
- Keeping pages and content up-to-date
- Updating broken links
- Making security updates
- Managing website backups
- Setting up new pages
- Customizing Themes
Audio and Video (ie YouTube, Podcasts, etc)
Audio and video management require some technical and editing skills, but these are some of the higher paying services you can offer as a virtual assistant. If you're interested in learning these skills, you can become a very in-demand freelancer!
- Editing content
- Creating intro and outros
- Creating video and podcast thumbnails
- Uploading and scheduling content to hosting platforms
- Uploading content to client’s website
- Transcribing audio into a blog post format
- Coordinating interviews
- Searching for sponsorship opportunities
- SEO Optimizing video and audio titles and descriptions
- Sharing content on client’s social platforms
Make Money Online as a Virtual Assistant
If you want to make money online but you don't want to get a remote job, becoming a virtual assistant is the best way to do it.
This isn't a get-rich-quick scheme and it definitely takes some work! But it is a great way to make money with minimal skills and you can get started right away.
As you gain experience as a VA, you'll start to learn more about what you do and what else is in demand. What you start out doing will probably not be what you're doing forever, and that's okay!
When I first started working online, the only skills I had were customer service and admin. So, my first virtual assistant jobs were community and customer management and data entry!
Now I do everything from blog and website management, creating sales pages, freelance writing to social media management.
You will learn as you go, and as your knowledge increases, so will your pay rates and the demand for your services.
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Carrie WilderCarrie has a passion for location independence and nomadic lifestyles. After traveling full-time in an RV and living the van life, she created Making Money and Traveling to help others make the switch to a remote lifestyle. Learn more about Carrie on the About page or connect on social media below.
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