How To Become a Virtual Assistant (With Little to No Experience)

Author: Indeed Editorial Team

What is a virtual assistant and what do they do?

Virtual assistants enjoy the flexibility and independence of remote freelance work that often offers opportunities for entry-level employees. Employers can save time and money by outsourcing tasks to virtual assistants instead of hiring full-time employees or performing the work themselves.

The range of tasks a virtual assistant might perform is diverse and depends on the needs of the client and the skill set of the assistant. Some common tasks a virtual assistant might accept are:

  • Monitor and maintain email accounts, including email marketing tasks
  • Answer and initiate phone calls on behalf of clients
  • Handle travel arrangements, manage schedules
  • Provide customer support, such as answering questions and processing orders
  • Transcribe documents, data entry and spreadsheet management
  • Organize files and documents
  • Prepare reports and presentations, edit and proofread, SEO research
  • Bookkeeping, billing and accounting activities
  • Manage online social media presence and professional profiles
  • Order supplies

How much does a virtual assistant make?

The national average salary for virtual assistants is $25.10 per hour, and salaries range from $7.25 to $37.50 per hour. Virtual assistants can increase their income and earning potential by building a steady clientele and specializing in niche services. For the most up-to-date information from Indeed, please click on the salary link above.

How do you find a virtual assistant job online?

The internet is a great place to start your search for a virtual assistant job. Indeed lets you search for virtual assistant jobs in any geographic location, even including remote roles. Simply type your preferred location or “remote” in the “Where” search box and then click “Find jobs” to see your results. You can even set up a job alert by typing your email address in the box beneath the search bar.

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