Since becoming a virtual assistant last July, my life has changed immensely. I am happier, less stressed out, and enjoy life more. I’ve tried a number of side hustles and work-from-home jobs, and being a VA has by far been my favorite. I will always recommend it as one of the best ways to escape the 9-5 world and work on your own terms.
But what’s so great about it? Why should you consider virtual assistance as a side hustle or even a full-time job?
Here are my top 5 reasons to become a virtual assistant.
#1. Utilize Your Strengths
You can become a VA with skills you already have. Skills that range from administrative tasks to wedding planning can fall under the description of what a VA does, so the possibilities are really limitless. Check out this list of 68 services you can offer as a virtual assistant. That’s a lot of possibilities!
When I became a VA, I used skills I’d learned running my massage therapy business: marketing, social media, blogging, web design, research, and more. A friend of mine is going to utilize the administrative and marketing skills she’s learning in business school to do VA work.
It doesn’t mean you should stop learning. I have a whole list of skills I’d love to add to my VA repertoire. There is this idea among some VA’s that you have to know all these high tech things like webinars and LeadPages when you first start out. Not true. Start with what you know and add as you go.
#2. Flexible Schedule
Some VA’s work 9-5. Some work at night while their kids are asleep. Truthfully, I work whenever the heck I want. Sometimes that’s 9 to noon, sometimes that’s a 15-hour day, and other times it’s in the middle of the night, when I can’t sleep. The beauty of being a virtual assistant is that you can work when you want.
It’s good to be available during some daytime hours so that you can be available for calls with clients. It’s also good to specify a turnaround time on tasks – 24, 48, even 72 hours – so that clients have reasonable expectations of when the work will be done AND you have more control over your work schedule.
#3. Location Independence
When you work online, you can work anywhere with an internet connection. Places I’ve worked as a VA include:
- My home office.
- My massage therapy office.
- My dining room table.
- My favorite local cafe.
- My mom’s house.
- Hotels in other cities.
- My best friend’s teeny-tiny apartment in Buffalo, NY.
Ever wanted to travel the world? You can do that as a VA. You can also pack up your laptop and head out when you need a change of scenery.
#4. Set Your Own Rates
In the United States, virtual assistants make between $10 and 100 per hour, depending on their experience, skills, and the type of work they’re doing. Keep in mind, $10 is really low, and while it’s OK not to charge a ton when you’re first starting out, don’t devalue your abilities!
I started out charging $16 per hour and now average $25-30 per hour, depending on the tasks. You can charge more for specialized skills like WordPress design or social media marketing. Even so, I know people with basic admin skills who charge upwards of $35 per hour. You can also create packages of services to make even more money creating a finished product, rather than working hourly.
#5. Explore Many Options for Work
There are so many ways to work as a virtual assistant. Aside from the number of services you can offer, you can be a freelancer, subcontract for other virtual assistants, work for an agency, or build your own team of VA’s.
Need some ideas to get you started?
Agencies that hire:
I started out freelancing and working with Time Etc. I still have a few clients from Time Etc., but they do pay much less than I charge as an independent VA. I stay because I like the clients and the work is steady. I just rebranded my business and created Be Vibrant Business Services with the intention of subcontracting out to other VA’s and building a team. Whether you’re a take-the-lead type or prefer to be behind-the-scenes, there are options for you.
The beautiful thing about it is that you can choose the type of work that fits your lifestyle best…or mix and match!
Do you have questions about becoming a VA? Feel free to contact me.