Before to start reading this post, if you still have questions about what is a virtual assistant? Or how to become a virtual assistant? Please read our last post about how to become a virtual assistant!
In this post, I will give you details about what services you can offer as a virtual assistant.
Before to decide which services to offer, you need to make a list with:
- All the skills you have
- The things you enjoy doing
- The highly demanded services in the market
- Your ideal client
- Which industry to serve?
- the other skills you need to learn to make your chances higher in getting online job opportunities as a VA
- The services you are not excited about
- The services you would never offer
It’s essential to answer all these questions to know better which services to offer to which industry. Trust me that will save you a lot of time and money in the future.
For example, doing so will prevent you from unnecessary purchases of software packages and equipment, from losing time looking for offers on the wrong platforms and more.
I want to make it clear that it is better to wait a certain amount of time after learning a new skill before starting to charge for it.
You can always offer this service as an add-on a few times, while you are comfortable billing it. In other words, you may use this service as a free incentive for a client who uses other skills that you offer.
Are you uncertain about what services to offer?
There is no limit when it comes to services to offer, especially nowadays with the digital revolution. However, the following list may help you choose and get an idea of the possibilities that exist:
Administrative assistant jobs
Administrative support is a crucial virtual assistant role. In addition to making your client’s life more comfortable, it’s a good starting point for anyone to familiarize yourself with administrative tasks.
- Booking appointments and calls
- Data entry
- Drafting emails
- Drafting presentation supports
- Generating reports
- Calendar/schedule management
Marketing assistant jobs
It’s a job that requires a bit of specialized knowledge but is still accessible once you learn the basics. Online marketing is booming, and marketing assistant jobs are following the same trend creating tons of opportunities for virtual assistants
- Email marketing
- Social media management (Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram)
- Blog/website management
- Email management
- Online marketing
Finance assistant jobs
If you have some financial backgrounds or you are willing to learn some necessary financial skills, you will be able to offer the following kinds of services
- Creating and sending invoices
- Managing affiliate payouts
- Processing payments
There are tons of other niches you can target. For example, you can perform:
- Design flyers and brochures
- Design banners
- Graphic design
Content creation jobs
- Writing blog posts
- Writing stories
- Writing ebooks/books
- Audio/video production
- Translation and transcribing
SEO and Outreach jobs
- Onsite and offsite SEO
- Leaving comments on other websites
- Reaching out to website owners for guest or sponsored posts
Executive assistant jobs
- Direct support to company executives
- Direct support to politicians
- Schedules management
- Giving professional advice and recommendations
- Clerical tasks
- In some cases, accounting-related tasks
As you can see, it is a great list to start thinking and brainstorming about what services you can sell as a virtual assistant. Nonetheless, this list is not at all exhaustive. If you have some additional or specific technical expertise or skills, don’t hesitate to offer them to the relevant clients.
In contrast to freelancers or regular employees who have specialized skills and usually manage medium to large projects, virtual assistants have mostly general skills – in several areas, sometimes including marketing, communication, or design – that enable them to perform mostly isolated tasks.
How much to charge for virtual assistant services?
Not only can hiring virtual assistants help you cut down on overhead costs, but it also helps you improve productivity and team efficiency. While several factors determine costs of hiring a VA, it’s easy to find one that fits your budget. Here are the key factors that affect virtual assistant costs.
The costs of virtual assistant services vary, and in general, virtual assistants who reside in North America or Europe charge higher prices. Many assistants charge an hourly rate for their services, others charge per task or project, and some are willing to negotiate a flat rate for a set number of hours.
The hourly rate is usually the most attractive option, especially for managing routine tasks – and you can check your invoices regularly to ensure that the volume of work done per hour is consistent.
I recommend that you apply for easy and low-paying tasks. Doing so will help you make a name for yourself and build a positive reputation. Sign up on specialized platforms (Fiverr, Freelancer, Upwork ) to connect with potential clients. These sites take a percentage of your earnings in return for the visibility they offer you.
Then put yourself in the shoes of a customer for a moment: You are looking for your virtual assistant to delegate the management of specific tasks. One of the first things you check is the feedback you get from former customers of the virtual platform. Isn’t that right?
So when you’re starting, your goal is to get as much positive feedback as possible. Indeed, these platforms have a feedback system that allows clients to rate and comment on the work of the virtual assistant at the end of the contract. The more positive ratings you get, the more your profile will be highlighted. As a result, you will have more clients.
I hope this post was helpful! If you have other questions, let us know in the comment section, and we will be happy to answer them. Finally, welcome to the fantastic world of virtual assistants.