Top Opportunities For a Virtual Assistant To Pursue and Make Money With

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The various types of tasks and jobs available as a Virtual Assistant are endless. Below we are going to review some of the biggest opportunities and explain a bit about each one. A lot of the examples will change over time so be sure you do your own research to find out where the best opportunities are for yourself!

Some Executive and Virtual Assistant jobs require you to be a generalist of multitasking across many different types of job activities. So if you are the type of person that enjoys working and learning many different types of business activities, you’ll really enjoy being an assistant.

Here are some popular industries and example roles that Virtual Assistants can thrive in.

Online/Digital Marketing, Advertising, and Social Media Management

If you have a digital marketing, advertising, or social media background you’ll find lots of virtual assistant opportunities online. Especially if you have experience and skills relating to copywriting, blogging, graphics design, social media, email newsletters, social media, and other similar skills.

Some example roles and tasks include:

  • Creating Pins for Pinterest – If you are good at using graphics software programs like Canva, you can get paid to create Pins for businesses.
  • Managing a Business’s Blog – Some duties include proofreading, formatting blog posts, and creating catchy blog titles. As well as selecting images and scheduling blog posts to be published. A background in SEO will help a lot too and give you a higher earning potential.
  • Keeping Social Media Feeds Updated – Curate Social Media Feeds For Businesses that want to keep their feeds engaged for their existing followers. Some important Social Media platforms include: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Linkedin.
  • Social Media Management – If you enjoy producing various types of content for Social Media, or writing Social Media captions, you’ll enjoy managing a business’s social media accounts. If you have experience running Social Media Ads, that will give you a huge boost in your earning potential.
  • Email Marketing Management – If you are good with creating email templates and copywriting newsletters, you’ll feel right at home managing a business’s email marketing campaign.
  • Managing Google Adwords – If you have a passion for doing keyword research and writing headlines for Google PPC ads, you’ll have a bright future working with Google Ads.
  • Researching Articles for companies – If you enjoy doing keyword or trends research for a particular market, a company will pay you to find new headlines and ideas for upcoming articles they want to produce.
  • Miscellaneous Advertising and Marketing Tasks –  Every business has a different playbook for executing a marketing and advertising strategy. A lot of times they will rely on a Virtual Assistant to backfill various tasks which will help keep things running smoothly.

Accounting, Bookkeeping, and Finance Management

If you have an interest and skill set for accounting and business finance, you can make a decent amount of money by putting those skills to work as a virtual assistant.

Some example roles and tasks include:

  • Financial Records Management – Working with a big business’s financial records is a huge responsibility. If you have a finance background, you’ll be able to earn a nice hourly rate helping a business manage all of its financial records.
  • Bookkeeping – Every small business owner has limited time, so they’ll always be in need of help with bookkeeping.
  • Organize Financial Paperwork – Helping to organize online receipts, invoices, statements, and tracking expense categories can be a big help to a business owner.
  • Work for a CPA – Organizing paperwork for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) just before tax time is in huge demand.
  • Misc Finance Assistant – Any other misc tasks that a business will train you on, for making organizing and tracking the finances of a business easier for a business owner, investor, or executive team.

Graphics Design Assistant

Many businesses need help with graphics design for their website, marketing, and advertising. You don’t need to be an expert to start assisting in graphics design projects either. Especially if you can use Canva, which is an easy-to-learn graphics design solution.

Some example roles and tasks include:

  • Creating Business Cards – If you’ve got skills in Canva, you can easily create a business card design for a business and get them sent off to an online printer like VistaPrint.
  • Graphics Project Coordinator – Work with expert designers to get a concept delivered on time for a big website project, or other large scale graphics design related project.
  • Basic Graphics Design – Using Canva, you can easily select a lot of graphics already made and use templates to create stunning designs. You can hand pick stock photos for blogging and social media content. Lastly, use Canva to make graphics for landing pages on a business’s website.

Website Design and Support Assistant

There are a lot of web design firms out there that need help with their web design projects. If you’ve ever worked on a design project of any kind, you know there is a lot of back and forth between clients, designers, and coders.

As an assistant, you can fill in the gaps and help facilitate communications or even work on the graphics, text updates, and planning.

Some example roles and tasks include:

Assistant Project Manager – Assign and manage tasks between the designer and coders by communicating feedback directly from the client.

Assistant Graphics Designer – Assist the head graphics designer in creating concepts and logos for websites.

Assistant for Client Relations – if you are great with talking to customers, you could be the liaison for communications between the client and your design team.

Podcast and YouTube Video Editing

Content creators who produce Podcasts or YouTube videos need lots of help editing episodes after recording and filming are done.

You don’t have to be an expert video or audio editor to get the job done either. For smaller creators, they already have a system in place and will gladly train you how to do it just the way they like.

Some example roles and tasks include:

Editing Different Clips For Long-Form Podcasts – Normally podcasts are around 30 – 120 minutes in length. For these long-form episodes, you’ll create smaller audio or video clips that will be shared on social media and other places where people want to consume a shorter version of the podcast. Please note: Cutting Podcasts to shorter clips is more common for video podcast shows vs. being audio only.

Adding Sound and Visual Effects – Lots of content creators for Video Podcasting and YouTube want to add visual and audio effects to their videos. Things like Titles, Background Music, etc. It’s normally pretty easy to learn how to do this and again, some creators will actually train you on how to do it.

Basic Video and Sound Editing – Many content creators for Podcasts and YouTube are providing information to others. The editing needs for informational content are very straightforward and basic. But, it is a challenge for content creators to do it themselves because it’s a time consuming process. So if you can learn how to do basic cuts and adjust audio volume levels, you’ll be able to edit and produce video or audio podcasts for a decent amount of money.

Administrative Assistant (or General Business Support, Doing General Tasks)

Being a generalist Virtual Assistant is not on the higher paying end of the scale, unless you are in one of the higher paid industries we discussed earlier, such as Medical, Legal, Online Marketing, Finance, or Technology.

If you can work up to the title of Executive Virtual Assistant, you will also get a bump in your pay.

To be an effective Administrative Virtual Assistant, you need to be a fast learner and able to multitask the following types of tasks for a business.

  • Data Entry Into Spreadsheets
  • Managing Meetings and Calendars
  • Setting up and Managing Executive Email Inboxes
  • Copywriting or General Writing Assignments
  • Basic Graphic Design
  • Working with third-party vendors for Marketing or other Business Projects where Freelancers are Involved
  • Helping Customers via email or answering the phone
  • Online Researching for new business ideas
  • Provide First level tech support to company employees
  • Being a transcriptionist
  • Planning and Handling Travel Arrangements for Employees
  • Managing Online Spaces for Customers, such as a Facebook Group.

You’ll also have to quickly handle any other miscellaneous tasks that come up!

Being a generalist and doing administrative VA work is probably one of the harder types of virtual assistant roles out there. But it provides a lot of long-term stability because you can do a lot of things for a business, then change it up as the needs of the business changes too.

Final Thoughts

As you can see from this list, there is a lot of opportunities out there to be a Virtual Assistant. With each passing year, the number of job listings increases more and more now that remote work is more accepted.

Being a VA is also a great stepping stone to launch your career in a particular industry you have a passion for, so keep that in mind.

Thanks for reading my article on the top opportunities for becoming a Virtual Assistant.

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