Careers in Virtual Assisting

Benefits of Working as Virtual Assistant

Many new virtual assistants continue to work in their regular job while building their practices in one of the top ten emerging jobs of the decade. As a virtual assistant, you also:

  • Work independently out of your own home
  • Work the hours you want
  • Choose your clients
  • Take full charge of your workload
  • Receive the tax benefits of a home-based business
  • Set your own pay scale
  • Choose your own equipment
  • Transition from the corporate world

What will I do on the job?

Because virtual assistants can specialize in different business areas, the tasks associated with the job vary greatly. The workday for a typical virtual assistant might include:

  • Scheduling conferences, seminars and meetings
  • Designing and managing websites
  • Organizational consulting and remote office management
  • Maintaining backups of critical data offsite
  • Designing printed materials
  • Providing mail and voicemail services
  • Providing transcription services
  • Writing letters, reports, and routine correspondence
  • Managing databases
  • Organizing bulk mailings
  • Bookkeeping
  • Creating PowerPoint presentations

Many VAs choose to be a generalist, as well, providing a multitude of services to their clients.

What skills will I use on the job?

Students who complete the virtual assistant certificate will create a business and marketing plan for a virtual home-based business using the following skills:

  • Word processing
  • Web design and content management
  • Office management
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Effective communication
  • Desktop publishing
  • Graphic design
  • Financial planning
  • Equipment and supplies management
  • Time management and planning principle
  • Marketing

Who will hire me?

Individuals, businesses, and other organizations hire virtual assistants. Some of the industries that hire virtual assistants include real estate, coaching, financial services, accounting, and legal services. Clients may prefer to hire a virtual assistant if they do not have office space to support another staff member; they do not have the equipment necessary to do the tasks they need performed; or, they need help with a temporary project.

How much can I earn?

Salaries vary depending on the type and length of each individual project. Rates may range from $25 to $100 per hour.

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Did You Know...

The demand for virtual assistants is due to changing economic conditions, such as downsizing, outsourcing, and commuting expenses as well as the large number of small businesses. Many virtual assistants contract with entrepreneurs with no employees. Data shows that self-employed individuals who have no paid employees operate three-fourths of U.S. businesses. As a result the virtual assistant has become a viable career option for the highly skilled professional.

U.S. Census Bureau News, September 27, 2006