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Work from home as a Virtual Assistant

work from home as a virtual assistant
Work from home as a Virtual Assistant

The hubby works all day while you stay home with the kids. You could really use two incomes instead of one, but who would be home with the kids? The worst part of getting a job outside of the home is that your entire paycheck would go toward paying for childcare.

Are you under paid and not appreciated at your current job? Yeah, I know, the pay is lousy and frankly speaking so is your boss; you have mad office skills and probably know more about the job than your boss does.

Does one of these scenarios apply to you?  If so read on, you may be ready to start your own business.

Have you always wanted to start your own business, but just did not know what to do or how to do it? If you have a computer, office skills, and internet connection, you should look into the virtual assistant profession.

What is a virtual assistant?

A Virtual Assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is an entrepreneur who provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients from their home office. They usually work for other small business owners. It is estimated that there are as few as 5,000-8,000 or as many as 35,000 Virtual Assistants worldwide.

What a virtual assistant is not

Being a virtual assistant is not a job it is a business. It takes hard work and determination, you have to network and market yourself in order to get clients, and you have to provide quality service in order to maintain clients.

What does a virtual assistant do?

Type letters, maintain calendars, respond to emails, schedule appointments, etc. A virtual assistant does the same thing that a secretary or executive assistant would do.

What a virtual assistant does not do

Work on site, hence the term virtual. All work is produced from the virtual assistant’s home office.

What skills are needed?

The basic skills needed are typing skills along with internet knowledge, such as surfing and researching, word processing and spreadsheet skills, telephone skills, and excellent customer service skills.

What skills aren’t needed?

No such thing as an "unneeded" skill. If you have a skill or expertise, you can use it to your advantage in your virtual assistant business. For example, if you are good at finding grammatical errors in typed documents you could specialize in providing proofreading services for authors. Any special skills that you have should be used as a specialty or niche in your business.

How much can virtual assistants make?

The hourly rates range from $20-$45 per hour, more if you provide a specialty services such as Internet marketing support, SEO, or Affiliate management support. The more knowledge you have the more you can earn.

The cold hard truth about being a virtual assistant

It is not some get rich quick venture. Being a virtual assistant takes hard work and dedication, after all this is a business and all business owners need to network, promote, and market their business in order to get and sustain clients.

For more information about being a Virtual Assistant, I suggest:

I highly recommend both of these sites!


  • Gillian Slater 4 years ago


    This is a very useful article and I would agree with your suggestion about using VAnetworking for more information.

    I just wanted to say that I used to start my VA business and couldn't have done it without them. I purchased their Virtual Business Startup System which guided me through every step of starting up my own business from scratch. However, even if you're not in a position to purchase this valuable resource, their free networking forum is amazing and there are just thousands of VAs willing to share their experiences or offer their advice to aspiring VAs.

    I would highly recommend anyone wanting to travel down this path to review their website for all the information they'll ever need on Virtual Assistance.

    Good luck