We frequently see the questions below posted online and social media and we thought it would be remiss of us not to provide honest answers and reveal the honest truths about virtual assistant jobs.
Becoming a virtual assistant is a very attractive option, especially for working women and those who can’t find employment for various reasons. You may be restricted from a mobility perspective or have other issues that restrict your ability to work outside the home. We have found that there are a wide range of issues that makes working from home so attractive. From travel and office politics to health or family issues. No matter the reason, these frequently asked questions seem to be the most pressing.
Here are the answers to the above questions.
Yes, there are a wide range of virtual assistant jobs that businesses are looking to fill. These jobs are very attractive to business owners because they have minimum risk when hiring a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants are independent contractors or self-employed and invoice for their services. There are no added taxes, superannuation or responsibilities on the business owner. They can also hire and fire when they need to without running into any legal issues.
Please see above – same answer. While there are many different ways to find virtual assistant jobs and a variance in how much they are paid. Most virtual assistant jobs are real.
Yes, virtual assistants are in demand because of how attractive this hiring is to people in business. For the reasons as stated above plus the role actually saves the hirer costs in infrastructure and training.
You will find that the term virtual assistant is used for both real people jobs and for virtual reality and AI (artificial intelligence). These days Google, Apple and the other major IT people use the term to describe their voice recognition services. However, there are plenty of real people who work as virtual assistants. That is, they offer their services remotely from their own home. They use the internet to deliver their services.
Virtual assistants usually invoice their clients as a fee for service situation. They register their own business and send invoices on a regular basis. In Australia, this means that you need to register for an ABN. Once you have an ABN you can then raise an invoice. Check out www.asic.gov.au for more details.
New virtual assistants generally charge by the hour. Once their confidence and knowledge grows they will then provide quotations to their client based on the work they are required to complete. Some virtual assistants accept clients on a regular retainer and this is where they invoice the client for a set number of hours each week or month. Charges range from $25 per hour to $250 per hour. Do your research to find out what services attract the highest rates.
There are a number of ways that virtual assistants get clients. This guide “10 Ways to Find Clients” will provide you with much more information. You can list your services on special directories like www.vaplacements.com or on job sites like www.upwork.com or www.freelancer.com. In addition, you can do some marketing like attending networking events or joining Linkedin. I suggest you set up at least 7 different marketing channels to get started.
Virtual assistants get paid either through their bank account or an online service such as Paypal. Most new virtual assistants wouldn’t have merchant card facilities (until they get much larger). However, they would accept direct debits into their bank accounts. Be careful about handing out your bank account details to someone you don’t know and especially from overseas as illegal money laundering can happen this way. You don’t want to be caught in this trap.
This list of VA Services will give you an overview of just what virtual assistants work at. There are many variations. Virtual assistants will work from their own home or if nomad, from wherever they happen to be. All you need is a laptop and reliable internet connection. Most of the software virtual assistants use are freely (or low cost) available online.
New virtual assistants in Australia will start charging around $30 to $50 per hour for general admin support. The more specialised their service, the more they will charge. Qualified bookkeepers, for example, will start anywhere between $60 to $120 per hour. Social media experts and content writers around $80 per hour. It is really up to you to set your own rates based on what your clients will pay and the market rate.
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Similar to any business – if you put in the required work and do the right things in the right order, then you will be successful as a virtual assistant. You don’t need a lot of clients to be successful as a virtual assistant, however, you do need the right attitude and a commitment to meeting your clients expectations.
The quickest and easiest way to hire virtual assistants is to head on over to www.vaplacements.com/getmatched
We will do a free recruitment for you at no extra cost. You tell us what you are looking for and we will match you through our online directory and search. We will send you 3-5 possible matches and you will select the right virtual assistant for you.
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