We took a deep look at some of the best places to find Virtual Assistant jobs for beginners, digging into how much each company pays, the kind of work you might do, and more. In this post, we outline the best virtual assistant jobs for beginners that meet those goals, are worth your time, and actually let you work from home.
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If you want to start working as a Virtual Assistant but don’t have experience, don’t worry because there are several jobs out there for you.
In this post, you’ll learn:
- What the best entry-level virtual assistant companies are.
- Why these VA companies are the best ones to work for.
- How much you can REALLY make with each company.
- Some important info. you need to know, including the tasks new VAs might do, my impression of each company, what type of work you might do, and what you need to become a VA.
Let’s get started
How I Picked the Best Virtual Assistant Companies to Work For
To determine the best Virtual Assistant companies, I took a look at over 80 VA companies on the review sites Glassdoor and Indeed. I also studied Time Doctor’s evaluation of VA service companies for entrepreneurs and businesses as well as Small Biz Trend’s VA company finder for small businesses.
I then scoured each Virtual Assistant company’s site to see what services they offered. I wanted to see a nice variety of VA tasks and services including administrative assistance, data entry, customer service, social media, writing, website and blog management, and basic office support.
I narrowed down the best Virtual Assistant sites based on the following criteria:
- Reviews by current and former workers as well as service recipients.
- Availability and assortment of work
- Whether or not the company lets you work from home (because, sadly, a lot of them don’t let you work virtually).
Then, I narrowed it down even further to include only the companies that are currently hiring Virtual Assistants.
Finally, I wanted to separate the VA companies that are best for a beginner from those best for a professional.
Now let’s go over each of these VA companies so you can see which ones are best for you.
Best Virtual Assistant Jobs For Beginners:
Here’s where you can find entry-level Virtual Assistant jobs.
All these companies are legitimate, reputable and used by many individuals and companies who need VAs but if you’re not quite ready to start, here’s my guide that teaches you how to become a Virtual Assistant with no experience.
Pay: $10.00 – $12.00 per hour
If you’re looking for the best Virtual Assistant job for beginners, 24/7 Virtual Assistant tops the list for a reason: They hire VA’s of different skill levels, adjusting the pay according to your skills.
You don’t need a ton of previous Virtual Assistant experience to work for 24/7 Virtual Assistant, but you should have at least basic transcription, Power Point, research, and email marketing skills.
90% of the time, clients are looking for part time VA’s to work 20-120 hours a month to do some of these tasks:
- Sorting and Filing
- Photocopying and Collating
- Keeping records of important work and transactions
- Running Errands
- Typing Correspondence
- Word processing and typing
- Scheduling appointments
Basically, the daily tasks that run an office are done by the Executive & Clerical support team
Pay: $12.00 per hour
You will be paid a flat rate per account per month and, as you take on more accounts, your income will increase. In other words, the more accounts you have, the more money you make.
Looking for Virtual Assistants to write short social media posts and curate articles and photos for clients, they tell us you don’t need copy writing experience. However, you must speak and write fluent English to be considered.
According to 99 Dollar Social’s website:
This is a flexible work-from-home position, but you will be expected to complete your full workload each week – no exceptions unless two weeks notice is given. The number of hours you work each week will vary based on the number of accounts you choose to take on.
Due to continued growth, you may be assigned new accounts daily (M-F) and new accounts must have content posted within 48 hours of you receiving the assignment.
Pay: $3.00 to $7.00 PER TASK (can do multiple tasks per hour)
- You’re paid per task and how much you make per hour depends on how quickly the task is finished, what time of day it is, and how complicated the task is. Simple tasks, like making restaurant reservations and canceling cable, pay anywhere from $3.00 to $7 per task. More in-depth tasks may pay a bit more.
- Payments go out every other week (on Tuesday) via Dwolla
Because the tasks are short and simple, no prior Virtual Assistant experience is necessary. And, making this an even better job, you can define your own hours.
What kind of tasks are available ? These:
- Making phone calls on behalf of people (such as canceling their cable).
- Scheduling appointments (doctors, business, etc)
- Tracking down the best price for something.
- Finding hotels that meet certain criteria.
- Data entry
Apparently, there’s enough work to go around because they want people around 24 hours a day. Their website states: “…if you’ve got time at 4am, great! If you want to work 9-5, perfect!…”
You need to have an audio headset (with a microphone) to do this job although in some cases iPhone headphones work just fine.
Pay: $15.00 per hour
VA positions with VaVa pays $15/hour with a monthly pay range between $200 – $1,500. How much you earn depends on Vava’s influx of clients, your skill set and ability to perform specific tasks.
This is a part-time, contracted position for US residents who have 1+ years experience working in a remote/virtual environment. Also, if you have some experience communicating in online communities and know a bit about technology such as Google Suite, Basecamp, Slack, and Microsoft, you’re a good fit.
Some of the VA tasks you may do include:
- Managing calendars and setting appointments with clients and their correspondents.
- Providing consistent, grammatically correct and timely communication to the client.
- Execute tasks in a timely manner.
- Creating documents as the client requests.
- Communicating to Project Manager when the need arises.
- Using stellar grammar and organization in emails, documents, etc. (all written communication).
- Learning client’s preferences and providing them with the work catered to their preferences.
Pay: $8.00 – $16.00 per hour
Because Vasumo doesn’t disclose how much they pay Virtual Assistants, I had to do a bit of calculating to figure out the pay per hour.
I assume VA’s are paid about 50% of what they charge their clients. So, because they charge clients $399.00 a month for 25 hours or VA work, which comes to $15.96 per hour, I figure the rate of pay is $8.00 an hour. And if you have more than one client, you can bump your rate up to $16.00 an hour. Just assuming here.
As part of Vasumo’s VA team, you may work on tasks including cold calling, data entry, scheduling meeting, setting appointments and crafting business cards. And, depending on your skills, you may have the opportunity to work on podcasts, advanced marketing, designing websites and landing pages, and creating social media posts.
You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in 3 months of advanced paid training and certification.
Vasumo’s website doesn’t talk too much about the number of hours they want you to work each week, nor is there much information elsewhere online. But they tell their clients they’re assigned only one assistant to do all their VA work, which leads me to believe you may have to be available more than on a part-time basis.
There seems to be a pretty big client base, meaning they have plenty of work for Virtual Assistant.
Pay: $10.00 per hour.
The main skill you need to work for Vicky Virtual is being able to handle phone calls…as a Virtual Receptionist. You also have to be pleasant, empathetic, helpful and be able to type 50 words per minute.
According to Vicky Virtual, they are growing quickly and have a lot of busy, small business owners who need people to answer their phones.
If you decide to join their team, you will be handling phone calls (from your home, through your computer and a headset) for multiple businesses throughout the day.
Pay: $5.00 (or more) PER TASK
Even though you may only charge $5.00 per VA task, you can have unlimited earning potential if you have a high customer satisfaction rating and can do many tasks in a given time.
If you have a Virtual Assistant skill that doesn’t take too much of your time, getting started on Fiverr is easy: Simply sign up on the website and complete your profile. Title your profile with something like this: “I will be your VA for an hour for $5.00”. Then, instead of waiting for the work to come to you, submit proposals to various VA jobs that have been posted.
There is a ton of flexibility when getting Virtual Assistant jobs with Fiverr because you can pick and choose the tasks you want to work on. If a job request doesn’t fit your skillset, take a pass on it.
Pay: $25.00 per hour average pay rate.
A better option than Fiverr, Upwork also has unlimited earning potential. because you can charge much more than $5.00. In fact, Virtual Assistant’s on Upwork average a rate of over $25.00 per hour.
Upwork gives you a lot of room to grow as you learn more in-demand Virtual Assistant skills. You can start out offering services you can easily do, like email management and Pinterest Pin creating, then expand your services as you feel like it.
Upwork has a lot of job flexibility, allowing you to select the jobs you want to do but similar to Fiverr, there is a lot of competition. With a slightly more professional clientele, more VAs are hired through Upwork.
Best Virtual Assistant Jobs Requiring a Some Experience:
These jobs are best if you have a little bit of VA experience…perhaps from working with one of the companies listed above 😉
Pay: Possibly $20.00 an hour.
Their website doesn’t disclose the pay but, based on their blog post that explains how much a client’s time is worth vs. the true cost of a full-time Virtual Assistant, I can hypothozise you can earn at least $20.00 an hour. Besides that, the extensive skillset they want you to have sounds like a $20.00 an hour job.
33 Vincent takes on US based remote freelance to act as Executive Administrative, known as EAs, to provide support and project management to their clients.
Some of the duties you’ll do include:
- Email Management
- CRM Support
- Travel Planning
- Project and Event Management
- Process Management
- Calendar Management
To be one of their EAs, they require you have a Bachelor’s degree; 5+ years experience as an Executive Assistance or in Client Service; impeccable communication, customer service, planning & time management skills; experience managing & executing projects or events; and the ability to work in a fast paced environment while managing multiple work streams.
This is a flexible job, but 33Vincent does want you to be available to work at least 15 hours/week minimum, mostly during regular business hours.
And, if you’re familiar with these tools, you’re even closer to getting this job:
- Google Apps
Pay: $14.00 to $18.00 an hour based on my research (Belay doesn’t disclose pay before you’re hired)
Belay takes on Independent Contractors who are Executive Assistants, Bookkeepers and Web Specialists skilled in their profession. And because of that, Belay has a strict hiring process that consists of an interview, thorough skills assessment, and a second interview. Expect the interview process to take at least a week.
Belay tells us you can work the minimum 10 hours per week or 40+ hours per week but they do want you to be available to their clients Monday through Friday during normal business hours.
This means you’re typically “on call” for client’s needs during those hours. And because you’re “on call”, if you’re working in an office or “on demand” to another position, it would be considered a conflict of interest.
I’ve learned that it can take a while to get matched up with a client but once that happens, the work is yours and usually consistent.
Pay: Starts at $20.00 an hour.
Boldly is a well-known and well-respected Virtual Assistant company used by big brands. They hire Executive Assistants, Marketing & Social Media Specialists, Project Managers, and Paralegals – all positions require at least 7 years experience.
All of Boldly’s Virtual Assistant positions are W2 jobs, meaning you are an employee of Boldly. That, and the fact they are hiring in several states across the USA, tells me they have quite a bit of work available.
Even though Boldly offers great benefits, like these…
- Flexible hours
- 100% remote
- Paid vacation and holidays
- Paid parental leave
…they only hire in some states. And, as of today, they’re only hiring in these 23 states:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
But if you live in one of these states, that’s great !
Pay: $11.00 – $16.00 per hour, depending on your skills and tasks you work on.
If you have at least 2 to 3 years experience as a personal assistant, executive assistant, secretary or admin assistant or you have your own Virtual Assistant business, Time Etc. is a good choice for you.
According to Time Etc.:
The work you’ll do will vary based on client needs and your skills, but it might include things like general executive assistant duties, administration, formatting and typing documents, making travel arrangements, managing calendars, arranging meetings and appointments, making telephone calls, sorting expenses, updating social media, or writing articles and content.
If you’re looking for a Virtual Assistant job working from home part time during the working week (Monday-Friday), this is a good choice.
Pay: $14.50 an hour, US dollars
This is a UK based company so I had to do a bit of calculating and speculating to figure out how much Virtalent pays their US based Virtual Assistants. I came up with this:
- Most VA companies pay their assistants a percentage of what they charge their clients.
- Virtalent charges 23 UK pounds per hour – starting.
- That converts to about 29 US dollars.
Now, using other VA company’s pricing schedule and pay rate, we can figure that the pay rate is right around 51% of what a client is charged.
For example, using Boldly’s rate:
– They charge clients $39.00 for 10 hours of VA work (client subscription plan of 10 hours = $390.00 per month, or $39.00 per hour). They pay their Virtual Assistants = $20.00 per hour. $20 / $39 = 51%. Therefore, the pay is 51% of what is charged.
I used this same methodology for other Virtual Assistant companies and the rate of pay averaged 40-50 % of what clients are charged.
So, using this calculation, we can ‘determine’ Virtalent pays their Virtual Assistants around 50%, which comes to $14.50 an hour, US dollars.
Even though this company serves mainly small businesses and entrepreneurs, they do want their Virtual Assistants to have “stacks of experience under your professional belt”. In other words, you need at least 8 years of professional experience as a Virtual Assistant, PA, EA, Office Manager, Marketing Manager or similar experience.
Virtalent seems to be extremely flexible, allowing you to tailor your work pattern to suit your life. And, if you want to go away for a week or get sick, no worries. They’ll have someone cover your clients while you’re off.
Because Virtalent has the right culture for VAs, their clients respect them and therefore stick with them. You’ll be offered suitable work – not just assigned tasks.
What You Need To Become A Virtual Assistant
Here are the skills and tools you should be familiar with to be a successful Virtual Assistant.
Skills Every Virtual Assistant Should Have
If you’re just starting out and have gone through my How To Become A Virtual Assistant With No Experience guide then you know the basic skills you need to become a VA.
Qualities you need to become a Virtual Assistant
- You have the ability to prioritize
- You can multitask
- You’re organized
- You’re a good communicator
- You have some sales skills
- You can problem-solve
- You’re dependable and reliable
Skills you need to become a Virtual Assistant (depending on the type of VA you want to be)
- Image creating and editing
- Social media knowledge
- Accounting or bookkeeping experience
- Computer knowledge
- Customer service
- Fast typing
- Content creation
This is just a small list of skills you might want to have, based on the most in-demand Virtual Assistant services.
One of the most important ‘thing’ you need to become a Virtual Assistant – even as a beginner – is knowing what tools to use.
Let’s go over them now.
Tools Virtual Assistants Should Know How To Use
There are several tools every Virtual Assistant should be familiar with if you’re serious about being a successful VA. Some are necessary tools for every Virtual Assistant and some are dependent on the type of Virtual Assistant work you plan on doing.
For instance, every VA should be familiar with these tools:
– Client communication tools like Slack so you can easily communicate with your clients.
– Meeting and appointment scheduling programs like Calendly.
And for VA specific jobs, you should know tools like these:
-Social Media tools, like Hootsuite, Smartque, and Buffer.
Want to know more tools you might need ? Take a look at this video:
Tasks Entry-Level Virtual Assistants do
As a new Virtual Assistant, you can expect to do some basic administrative-type jobs. But don’t worry because you can easily move into more challenging roles as you gain experience.
-Amazon Store Administrator
Tasks Experienced Virtual Assistants do:
These roles require a bit of advanced knowledge and skills, which you can gain over a short time with the right training.
Are you ready to start working for one of these Virtual Assistant companies ?
Which one are you considering ?
As always, leave a message below and share your experience.