How To Earn 100k Per Year as a Virtual Assistant and Make Money Online

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Being a Virtual Assistant is a great way to make money online for experienced professionals or beginners who want to have flexible working hours and work remotely.

Becoming a Virtual Assistant is also an excellent option for existing Executive Assistants who want to start working remotely with more flexible working hours too. In fact, because you have experience already working as an Executive Assistant, you could brand yourself more as an Executive Virtual Assistant.

The title of Executive Virtual Assistant does not only sound better, but you could demand a much higher pay as well!

With that said, whether you are new to the idea of being an assistant or have experience already, let’s get into the subject of “How To Become a Virtual Assistant and Make Money Online”.

Top Benefits of Becoming a Virtual Assistant

  1. The top benefit of working as a VA is that you will get to work remotely. This can be incredibly beneficial to your lifestyle and personal wellness.
  1. The second benefit is that you won’t have to commute anywhere, so you save one or two hours a day that most people just waste away by sitting in traffic. Plus, you won’t even have to pay for the extra expenses of owning a car or taking public transportation day after day.
  1. The third benefit is that you can focus more on your mental and physical health with the extra time you’ll have working from home. So use that time to meditate, work out, or take up a hobby like cooking or something else to benefit your health.

Is Being a Virtual Assistant a Good Side Hustle For Making Money?

Many people ask the question “Is Being a Virtual Assistant a Good Side Hustle?”

The answer is YES it is!

Being a Virtual Assistant is one of the most profitable options for making money in your spare time. Plus it has a lot of upward trajectory for becoming a full-time career path if it’s something you are passionate about and want to pursue further.

Because you have a ton of flexibility and can work 100% remotely online you can do it from anywhere, even if you have another full-time job.

What Kind Of Qualifications Does a VA Need To Have For Success?

To be successful as a Virtual Assistant, you do need to have a minimum amount of qualifications beyond just specializing in a particular type of job role, industry, or skill set.

Let’s review the additional things every Virtual or Executive Assistant is required to have for long-term success.

Reliability

You must be reliable and consistent with the work that you provide, especially when you are working remotely. So make sure you reliably get the work done you say you will get done, in a timely manner.

Integrity

Since you will be exposed to a lot of company documents, you will need to have integrity and not share private documents with others outside the company you are working with. You’ll also be trusted with many trade secrets and other private information, so trust and integrity are a must with any role as a Virtual Assistant, whether you are a freelancer or a permanent employee.

Time Management Skills

Time management skills are essential to being a successful Virtual Assistant. You’ll be working on constant deadlines and moving various tasks between many people on a team. So if you are not good with being on time or tracking the time between deadlines, being a VA might not be for you.

Problem Solving and Resourcefulness For Finding Solutions

Like any job, being a VA will require problem solving and being resourceful in finding solutions to any problems that arise during a project. Sometimes the answer is easy to find, other times you’ll need to get on the internet and search Google for an answer.

If you cannot reach a solution to solve the problem yourself, you’ll need to know when to escalate and communicate with others on your team for direction on how to find the best answer or solution for a problem.

Ability to Add Value

When someone hires you for a task or job, they want to receive value. If you can offer them extra value in the job you do as a Virtual Assistant, you’ll be more likely to have a longer duration of a job with the business that hired you. So it’s important that you go the extra mile and offer something extra with the work you do.

Following Up With Others

I cannot stress how important this skill is for a VA, the ability to follow up with people on a team. 

Especially when others are horrible at responding or communicating deliverables for a project. By being the proactive communicator on a team, you’ll provide tons of value for being able to follow up with others.

The business you work for will admire this skill a lot, and keep you around much longer for it.

How To Get Clients or Find Virtual Assistant Jobs So You Can Work

Finding new clients or getting a VA job is pretty easy once you have experience behind you. If you don’t have experience, it will be more of an upfront effort.

There is good news however, if you have no experience! At the end of this guide I give you some steps on how to quickly launch your VA career.

A lot of new VA’s ask the question: So where is the best place to quickly find jobs for being a virtual assistant?

The answer to this question is pretty much anywhere a job or gig might be posted. Think of job sites like Monster.com, Craigslist, Indeed, GlassDoor, Flexjobs, and the like.

For more VA Tasks or Long Term Gigs, try freelancing platforms like Fiverr and Upwork.

What about Virtual Assistant website services?

You can use these platforms too, just make sure they don’t pay you too low. Some examples of VA Website Services are: Belay Solutions, Equivity VA, Fancy Hands, and Va Va Virtual.

Lastly, you can network with friends, family, and other clients to get referral work.

Also try FaceBook Groups, Reddit Groups, Direct Outreach, and Virtual Assistant Networks.

How Much Money Can You Make as a Virtual Assistant?

Making money working as a Virtual Assistant has a wide range of pay depending on your skill level and experience.

Overall, being a Virtual Assistant is extremely profitable. Working out of the United States, you can expect to earn an hourly rate of between 15 to 60 dollars per hour. The pay range is mostly based on which industry you are working in and your experience level.

Deciding how much to charge per hour as a VA is entirely up to you. If you are new and entry level, expect to earn closer to the 15 – 20 dollar per hour range. If you are experienced and can land VA jobs as more of an Executive Virtual Assistant, expect to make closer to 40 – 60 dollars per hour, especially if you are freelancing and working for yourself.

Typically, the higher-paying jobs for VA’s are in the following industries:

Medical, Legal, Online Marketing, Science, Finance, and Technology.

According to a 2022 Indeed VA Salary Study, Virtual Assistants Averaged out making $4,000 per month in the United States (including benefits.)

The highest paid VA job came in close to $78 dollars per hour, for a company called Riot Games.

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So there is no doubt that being a virtual assistant is extremely profitable, especially if you do it full-time. As you work your way up to better and better jobs/gigs, you’ll have no problem earning over $100k per year, working remotely from home.

Various Types Of Jobs and Tasks That Virtual Assistants Do

As a VA, you’ll get a chance to do all sorts of interesting work for various entrepreneurs and businesses. A lot of what you do will come down to your individual skills and passion for working in certain industries.

For example, if you have great organization skills and you have an interest in Digital Marketing, being a VA for building websites would be an ideal opportunity.

If you have an interest for growing your career towards finance, you could work in that industry as a Virtual Assistant instead. Working as a VA in the world of finance, you could work on people’s taxes, balance the books of a small business, or even cater to helping an investor do some research on various stock picks.

Other Potential Opportunities include:

  • Graphic Designer Assitant
  • Podcast Editing
  • YouTuber Video Editing
  • General Business Administrative Assistant
  • Email Marketing Manager Assistnat
  • Social Media Assistant
  • Website/Blog Manager
  • Assistant Project Manager

The list of VA opportunities goes on and on as you can see. Plus it is always changing as new types of Virtual Assistant jobs are always hitting the market. To always stay on top of the best opportunities, I recommend that you frequently review the opportunities on the websites we spoke about in the previous section. Like Indeed, Glassdoor, Craigslist, etc.

If you want to learn more about all the top opportunities available for a VA, check out this article titled: Top Opportunities For a Virtual Assistant To Pursue and Make Money With

How To Quickly Get Started as a Virtual Assistant

  1. Using the list of examples in the previous section talking about various VA Jobs and Tasks, figure out (and really think about) what type of industry and tasks you want to do as a Virtual Assistant.
  1. Get as much entry-level work experience and educational training as you can for the industry and role you want as a VA. For example, if you want to get into Online and Digital Marketing, start self-learning as much as you can about the online marketing space, then apply to entry-level jobs in that space.
  1. If you find you cannot specialize yourself in an industry and role because you like working as a generalist, you might want to think about the VA role of being an Administrative Assistant (General Business Support Assistant). Then, as you gain more work experience, you’ll quickly figure out where your passion is and which path to take if you want to specialize in an industry.
  1. Never lose sight of making more and more money for yourself as you get better VA skills and experience. Pick a path as a freelancer, employee, or even starting your own business, and only accept the higher paid VA jobs that come your way.
  1. If you do decide to freelance or start your own VA business, don’t be shy to promote your services on Social Media, and with friends and family. Also, you might want to consider starting your own website and blog so you can charge more money, because your clients will take you more seriously.
  1. When you are an expert VA, don’t be shy to change your title to Executive Virtual Assistant! This will help filter out lower paying opportunities, whether you are working a job or freelancing.

Biggest Drawback Of Being a Virtual Assistant 

The biggest drawback of being a Virtual Assistant is you most likely will have many short-term gigs as a freelancer or contractor. So you’ll want to have a way to create a steady stream of new work coming in every month.

In order to create a steady stream of new VA work, you’ll either need to do a lot of promotion through Social Media or rely on Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and a Website.

Or utilize one of the Virtual Assistant Freelancing Platforms and Agencies we mentioned earlier!

To get consistent VA work and referrals, be sure to focus your efforts on providing the best possible service to your clients. This will ensure you always have return clients, referral work, and a great chance of landing a long-term job with a client.

Final Thoughts

Working remotely as a Virtual Assistant is a great way to make money online and work from home. Keep in mind however that being a VA is not an easy job, that just anyone can do.

You’ll have to be good at working with people and making tight deadlines for client projects. You need to have all the minimum requirements we spoke of earlier, in addition to any other industry knowledge and experience which is required for a particular job.

I hope this guide is helpful and gets you started on your journey to becoming a Virtual Assistant who can make money online.

Make sure to check out my other articles on personal finance and making money online.