Many of those looking to become a virtual assistant would like to test the waters before starting their own freelance business. That’s understandable, especially if this is your first time working from home and aren’t yet sure of the technology or best practices. It’s always more comfortable to have someone else show you the ropes.
A frequent obstacle, however, is that many virtual assistant companies to work for are looking for those with prior work-from-home experience. This is a common catch-22 in the work-at-home world. How do you get experience if you can’t get hired without it?
Today, I wanted to share with you a few possible virtual assistant jobs for beginners. These companies still may require some administrative experience or office skills, but they may be more open to hiring those new to telecommuting.
1. $99 Social
Virtual Assistants at $99 Social are responsible for writing and curating social media content for the company’s clients. You don’t need any copywriting experience, but you do need to be fluent in English and should love social media.
This role is flexible, but it does require a commitment. You need to commit to completing the 7-8 hours of required training within 5 days of being hired to start. Once hired, you do need to be able to complete your assigned tasks within 48 hours if you are assigned a new account.
$99 Social pays a flat monthly rate for each account you are assigned. The more accounts you have, the more money you can make.
Formerly Worldwide 101, Boldly has been around since 2012. The company frequently has a need for not only executive assistants but also social media specialists, project managers, paralegals and more.
Though Boldly doesn’t have a previous remote work requirement, they do require at least 7 years of experience in an administrative or related field. They offer a competitive wage and as an employee, you will also receive benefits.
Boldly is currently open to residents of 23 U.S. states. They also have a military spouse program.
3. Fancy Hands
Fancy Hands is considered a virtual assistant site though their remote positions are more on the “microjob” side of things. You won’t be working with an assigned client on a regular basis. Instead, you pick up small tasks of your choosing.
Available entry-level virtual tasks typically take around 5 to 15 minutes to complete. They may include things like making appointments, online research or canceling a subscription. Each completed task pays around $3 to $7 depending on the complexity and time it should take.
These are really flexible roles. Work whenever you want and however much you want. Payment is twice monthly by Dwolla only.
ModSquad Mods are usually helping clients out in a customer service role. This is typically done by chat, social media or online help desk. Rarely is any phone work involved. Experience requirements are typically limited to prior customer service roles though tech support experience may be a prerequisite depending on the current needs.
ModSquad is specifically looking for those interested in a long-term role. Competitive salary, flexibility and benefits come with the job.
If you don’t mind taking a few calls, Vicky Virtual is always on the lookout for remote receptionists. Customer service experience is a plus, though not required. You should have an upbeat attitude and be able to work during normal business hours.
The pay is $10 per hour with this role.
Virtual Assist USA service list includes Administrative, Marketing, Web Design, Social Media, Strategy, and much more. At the time of writing this post, they were looking for executive assistants and project managers. Specifically, they are looking for “over-deliverers.”
To apply for this position, you should have a college education and 10 years of office experience. You should be a resident of the US and be able to pass a federal background check.
The current pay rate is $16 per hour. These are employee positions.
As is typically the case with opportunities on this list, you will need administrative experience though not necessarily experience working from home. Currently, Virtual Gal Friday is hiring Virtual Medical Assistants/Receptionists, Virtual Paralegal/Legal Assistants, Virtual Executive Assistants and Virtual Assistants to Coaches.
Based on the application, it appears that the pay for these positions is likely under $15 per hour – possibly under $10 per hour.
I hope these virtual assistant jobs for beginners give you a little hope about finding a gig to help you get started on your dream online business. As someone who started my own virtual assistant business back in 2007, I know how scary it can be to get started. But, it’s worth it!
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