How To Become a Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants are people who perform administrative tasks online for a fee. This article will cover everything you need to know about becoming a virtual assistant.

VAs (as virtual assistants are also known) tend to work remotely and provide administrative support for small to medium business owners and online entrepreneurs. If you’re looking for a way to earn an extra $1000/month, becoming a virtual assistant might be just what you’re looking for.

Before we look at how to become a virtual assistant, what exactly does a VA do?

How To Become A Virtual Assistant

What Does A Virtual Assistant Do 

A virtual assistant is an independent business owner who works remotely, supporting clients in various industries. 

Depending on the type of client, there are many tasks that you would take over for your clients. These can vary widely, with many virtual assistants focusing on a skill set they specialize in. 

Most clients are looking to hire a virtual assistant to handle two or three repetitive tasks, so you, as a VA, do not need to know everything (although knowing more can help you land various gigs). 

The most successful VAs know some of the following: 

  • Bookkeeping
  • Graphic Design
  • Basic Website Development
  • Email Outreach
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for Google
  • SEO for Pinterest
  • Social Media Marketing Tactics 

Unfortunately, these aren’t things that can be learned overnight, but if you put forth an effort to learn as much as possible with each task given by your client or refer them out to other specialists when necessary, your clients will appreciate you for it, and that will lead to a long-lasting business relationship.

How Much Do Virtual Assistants Make?

The salary of virtual assistants can vary widely depending on experience, skill level, and the jobs you are tasked with doing. Most virtual assistants work hourly with their clients, but some can also find themselves tasked with completing a set of tasks for a set fee.

As virtual assistants can work with a number of different clients simultaneously, and the rate you can earn can vary massively from $3 to over $100 per hour, you can make anywhere from a couple of hundred dollars per month to tens of thousands.

Hourly Wage for Virtual Assistants

Most virtual assistants are paid an hourly rate; this can differ massively depending on where you are and your experience.

Here are the hourly rates for VAs around the world (converted to USD for better comparison):

  • The average hourly rate for virtual assistants in the USA is $19.03
  • The average hourly rate for virtual assistants in the Philippines is $3.50
  • The average hourly rate for VAs in the UK is $24.74
  • The hourly rate for virtual assistants in South Africa is $17.08
  • The average hourly rate for VAs in Australia is $21.07

Monthly Wage for Virtual Assistants

Most virtual assistants work between 80-180 hours per month on clients. These are billable hours, meaning that in the US, the average monthly wage for virtual assistants is between $1,522.40 and $3,425.40.

Depending on where in the US you reside, this could be considered a very low wage. If you relocate to some of the most affordable places to live in the USA, this wage can actually be quite good. 

Cities like Jackson – Mississippi, Memphis – Tennessee, and Kansas are some of the cheapest cities in the USA.

  • Average monthly wage for VAs in the UK: $1,979.20 to $4,453.20
  • Average monthly salary for virtual assistants in Australia: $1,685.60 to $3,792.60 
  • Average monthly salary for virtual assistants in South Africa: $1,366.40 to $3,074.40
  • Average monthly salary for virtual assistants in the Philippines: $280 to $630

It is important to note that these hours are for client work, and you will also be required to work on your business (applying for jobs, bookkeeping, etc.) and educate yourself further. All of which will be non-billable hours.

You probably want to enjoy some free time as a virtual assistant, so consider this when taking on new clients or choosing where you want to live.

How To Become a Virtual Assistant

You can be a virtual assistant from anywhere in the world, whether you’re looking for a small way to earn some extra cash or want to go full-time on your own.

The advice below will help you become a successful virtual assistant:

1. Be Proactive

Being proactive means that when you see an opportunity for you to get a virtual assistant job, you should take action.

The same can also be said about expanding your skills as a VA to be hirable for various virtual assistant jobs.

2. Set Your Goals

Set your goals and become focused. That’s the key to success – being focused on what you want.

The more you can focus, the better results will come for you in a shorter time, and you won’t take on more than you can manage when you get started.

Use and familiarise yourself with the most popular online tools.

This can help you land virtual assistant jobs, as these are resources and tools that many other people and businesses use too. Familiarise yourself with YouTube Studio, WordPress, email marketing tools, etc.

Also, consider familiarising yourself with specific industry tools if you focus on a specific niche for your services. For example, understanding how YouTube keyword tools work will step you ahead of the competition if you want to be a VA for YouTubers.

4. Network Effectively

Networking is like having lots of real friends who can always introduce new opportunities to you.

Using LinkedIn can help you tremendously in this regard, as people only need to engage with your content for it to be spread; they don’t even have to share it!

5. Be Yourself

Be yourself always because if you’re not honest and genuine, people can tell that immediately.

When you’re yourself, you can build connections with people, and they will be more likely to recommend you positively to others. 

6. Have a Plan For Your VA Business

It’s alright to work from job to job when you’re starting, but establishing a business plan can help you reach grander goals sooner.

Maybe you want to run your own team of VAs, writers, or advertisers. 

Create a plan on how you want to achieve this, and then you can follow the steps and know when it is time to move on to the next one.

7. Enjoy The Journey

Thinking about work constantly can cause unnecessary stress, take time off and let your mind cool down. Enjoy the journey and celebrate each step towards achieving your goals, even the small ones.

Skills Required To Be a Good Virtual Assistant

Here are some of the most important skills that successful virtual assistants should possess:

You should be able to work independently. Your clients want a virtual assistant to make their workload lighter, and if you need to constantly ask for assistance after any onboarding if it is a complex task, they will most likely look for someone else to assist them.

If you want to become a virtual assistant, you need self-motivation and determination.

As a virtual assistant, you should be able to communicate well with people. This means you should be able to take in the information effectively and ask the right questions to understand what you need to do in as few interactions as possible.

Another vital skill a virtual assistant should have is the ability to use search engines effectively and do research. If you need to find information for a job, you need to be able to know how to find the most accurate information as soon as possible.

This will also help you learn more skills as a virtual assistant.

Word processing is also a very important skill for a virtual assistant. Your main tasks will most likely involve some form of writing, and if you are familiar with formatting and have a fast typing speed, your clients will be happier with your work.

Where To Get Virtual Assistant Jobs

You can find virtual assistant jobs on remote job boards, job websites, and even sites dedicated to VA work, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced virtual assistant.

Here are a few sites for you to try out to find a virtual assistant job:

  • ZipRecruiter
  • Indeed
  • Fiverr
  • UpWork

Benefits of Being a Virtual Assistant


Work according to your own schedule. You can decide when you want to start your day, and you can take breaks throughout the day as per your needs.

You can even work from anywhere worldwide, as long as you can access a computer and internet connection.


There are unlimited opportunities for virtual assistants, but it depends on your knowledge and skill set.

You can make good money by working for different companies simultaneously and working part-time to supplement your income.


You get to build up your portfolio through experience working in different fields and doing different tasks.

Working with various clients is a major advantage of virtual assistants, and the variety of work can help you decide on what you want to focus more specifically on.

5 Entry-Level Jobs For Virtual Assistants

  • Content Writer/Editor
  • Email Outreach/Answering
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Social Media Planner/Scheduler
  • Online Teaching Assistant

If you’re looking to work from home, becoming a virtual assistant may be the perfect opportunity for you.

It’s not always easy to find something that balances your schedule with what you enjoy doing.

Still, by becoming a virtual assistant, you can find contacts that provide work you enjoy doing and can always expand your portfolio or possibly even transition to a full-time position at a fantastic company if you so wish.

David Woutersen

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David is the founder of and has been in the social media industry since 2017. Since then, his mission has been to help others take control of their online presence. For some, this has been earning an income online; for others, it's teaching how to use social networks more effectively. And each year, he continues to help millions with strategy, troubleshooting, and inspiration.

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