How to Get Started
as a virtual assistant can be trickier compared to some other side hustles. As an assistant, you will be expected to handle tasks assigned to you with little supervision. You may also be required to manage confidential information, such as payment accounts, for making business-related purchases.
Trust is essential in the client-assistant relationship. Because of the need for trust, it can be challenging to become a virtual assistant without an established reputation. Sites like FlexJobs
offer a place for those seeking virtual assistants to post their requirements. When first starting out as a virtual assistant, it will be necessary to send many applications for these positions, each with a cover letter introducing yourself and your skillset.
Over time, you will develop a history of successful client relationships. It will become easier to find work as a virtual assistant. When first starting out, you can consider approaching those you already know and inquiring about the need for virtual assistants. Many people can benefit from the services of a virtual assistant, and it can be helpful to sell your services to those around you.
Training and Certifications
There are no formal certifications that indicate your preparedness to be a virtual assistant. The lack of universal training standards highlights the need for competence to win a client’s trust. The best certification for a virtual assistant is professionalism; if clients see you as a competent professional, they are more likely to provide business in the future.
Virtual assistants who are just starting out tend to make around $10 per hour. As you become more established, your rates are likely to increase. Assistants with well-established reputations can charge significantly more
for their services.
In contrast, those who are new or who make frequent mistakes aren’t worth the risk of a high cost. On the high end, virtual assistants can earn upwards of $50 per hour. Currently, the average salary across all virtual assistants is $28 per hour.