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December 22, 2021

As more and more companies move their operations online, the demand for virtual assistants to keep things running smoothly is on the rise. Virtual assistant jobs allow you to do the work you enjoy without having to travel long distances and work from anywhere in the world.


There are several ways to become a virtual assistant, and if you have the right skills, you can earn a good living and make enough money to support your life on the road. First, let's talk about what exactly virtual assistants do and look at some of the companies that hire them to work from home.


What do virtual assistants do?


A virtual assistant is basically a personal assistant who supports clients and helps them with everything from administrative tasks to project management - but they don't work in the client's office. The job of a virtual assistant is similar to that of a customer service representative, except instead of helping clients, they help a business, company, or entrepreneur with daily tasks and projects.


There are a few different types of virtual assistant jobs, but the basis of the work is largely the same. As an executive virtual assistant, you'll support the work of executives and high-level managers by helping them with projects that move the company forward (as well as taking on some personal tasks). As an administrative assistant, you'll focus more on the day-to-day processes that keep a business running as smoothly as possible.


Virtual assistant duties include data entry, making business calls, answering emails, and managing your client's schedule. Your workday might also include making travel arrangements, scheduling appointments and managing accounting. In companies with an online presence, you may even need to manage social media accounts and create or edit blog posts.



What you need to be a virtual assistant


As a virtual assistant, you'll need to be able to juggle multiple tasks and meet tight deadlines to keep the office running smoothly. As a remote worker, you will need excellent communication skills to keep the entire team and clients informed. Virtual assistants should be excellent writers and communicators.


They must be proficient in all necessary programs such as email managers, project management tools, calendar applications, and scanners. If your business has an online presence, you may also need to know how to use web tools like WordPress to keep the site up to date, and (possibly) various types of social media.


Since you'll be working from a home office, you'll also need to make sure your office space is ideal for the tasks you'll need to complete. Some employers require the use of certain software or hardware, so you'll need to make sure you're comfortable with any software or hardware. Depending on the employer, you may need Microsoft Office, which is something you should make sure to check when you apply. To be most effective, you need to make sure your home office is equipped for your success. You should have a high-speed internet connection and a quiet environment where you can work and interact with colleagues and clients.


Companies that hire virtual assistants

Now that you've decided to become a virtual assistant, you probably need some guidance on how to find these jobs. Fortunately, major job boards like Upwork and Guru make it easy to find a virtual assistant job, and there are numerous companies that hire virtual assistants as contractors or freelancers. Below, we'll introduce you to a few of them to help you find your next virtual assistant job.


1. Fancy Hands

Fancy Hands

Fancy Hands is an online platform that matches virtual assistants with companies that need their services. To offer your services, you must have excellent communication skills, as well as a computer and a reliable internet connection. You must also have some sort of headset to communicate effectively with your clients. Typical daily tasks include setting appointments, assisting project coordinators, and working closely with project managers.


Fancy Hands pays $3 to $7 per task, depending on when the tasks are completed, how quickly you complete them, and how difficult the task is. If you do a good job, you have the opportunity to move up and become a virtual assistant manager. Payments are made twice a month and are released every other Tuesday.


2. Zirtual

Zirtual

Zirtual only hires US-based applicants, but if you live in the United States, this can be a great opportunity. If hired, you will work with other virtual assistants as well as account managers and account supervisors. You will be the main point of contact for clients and will be required to work a certain number of hours per week if hired. To qualify, you will need at least an associate's degree and 1 year of administrative experience.


Hourly rates at Zirtual vary by client, but generally range from $13 to $18 per hour. You will be hired as a 1099 contractor, which means you will be responsible for your own tax returns.


3. timeetc

Time Etc

Timeetc is a company that hires virtual assistants primarily for flexible or part-time positions that require a minimum of 3 hours per week. To qualify, you will need at least 2-3 years of experience as a personal assistant, executive assistant, secretary, or administrative assistant. Zirtual hires virtual assistants in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Pay ranges from $11 to $16 per hour depending on experience.


4. Wordwide 101

Wordwide 101

Worldwide 101 is an administrative assistant contractor hiring company. The company focuses on providing administrative support to small and medium sized businesses in the United States and Europe. This means that many of their job postings are open not only to US citizens, but also to Europeans. They currently have openings for executive assistants in a variety of industries, including paralegals.


Worldwide 101 pays higher wages than some of these other companies because they only hire experienced virtual assistants. None of the jobs are suitable for entry-level workers, and hourly rates start at 18 $. Most of the jobs require at least 7 years of experience. Although they hire applicants from a variety of countries, you must be fluent in written and spoken English to get a job with this company.


5. Assistant Match

Assistant Match

Assistant Match is another company that matches administrative assistant with companies and businesses looking for help with day-to-day processes. The interesting thing about this company is that they not only hire experienced assistants, but they also provide training and support for people who want to become virtual assistants. They also offer resources for virtual assistants, including a quick start guide to help them reach their potential.


With Assistant Match, you simply create an account and the company will match you with companies that are a good fit for you. Compared to these other companies, Assistant Match offers more job search assistance, making it a great resource if you're just starting out as a virtual assistant. The pay ranges from $12 to $15 per hour, and you can earn up to $25 per hour if you have graphic design experience.


6. Lifebushido

LifeBushido

Lifebushido is always hiring virtual assistants for part-time positions. You must work at least 5 hours per week, and if you do a good job, you can increase your hours to 20 per week. Lifebushido hires worldwide, so you can apply whether you live in New York, Chicago, or a remote corner of the world.


7. Belay

Belay

Belay is an INC 500 company that hires a virtual assistant based in the U.S. to support senior-level management. The company prefers to hire applicants with at least a Bachelor's degree and 5 years of experience in the industry. You will need a computer with webcam, a smartphone, and a home office setup that includes Microsoft Office and either a Mac or PC with at least a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor. According to Glassdoor, pay ranges from $14 to $18 per hour.


8. UAssist.ME

U Assist Me

UAssist.me, which was featured on America's 30Under30 and on CNN, hires virtual assistants who specialize in design, real estate, consulting and technology. There are opportunities for both English-only and bilingual positions. UAssist.me does not list its salaries prominently, so you will need to apply or check with UAssist.me for more details.


9. 24/7 Virtual Assistant

24/7 Virtual Assistant

24/7 Virtual Assistant is a company that hires administrative assistant to work for companies all over the world. You are actively encouraged to list any additional languages you speak, so being multilingual is a plus to getting a job here. If you are interested, send your resume to careers@247virtualassistant.com.


24/7 Virtual Assistant pays on average between 10 and 12 $ per hour, depending on your skills and the client's requirements. According to their own data, 90% of their clients require between 20 and 120 hours of work per month from virtual assistants, so both part-time and full-time employment is available.


Become a virtual assistant

With the right skills and a little patience, you can work from home as a virtual assistant. Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or dad, a digital nomad, or looking to supplement your job with extra cash, becoming a virtual office assistant can be a rewarding career. Some of these jobs allow you to work from anywhere in the world, while others require you to be based in a specific region. Check the details before you apply to make sure the job fits your desired lifestyle as a home-based worker.


Whatever you choose, being a virtual assistant allows you to travel the world and experience all it has to offer while earning a living. If you'd like to learn more about the location-independent lifestyle, visit our community. Here you'll find a wealth of information on how to start fine-tuning your career, what it's like to live on the go, and how to take your professional ambitions to the next level.





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