Thinking Of Becoming An Online Virtual Assistant? [8 Skills You Can Get Paid For]

Are you thinking of becoming an online virtual assistant but are a little foggy on what services you should offer? Begin by accessing what you’re good at and what skills come naturally to you, what strategies you would like to put in place for other people, and what set of skills could you put together in a package that would be applicable to the people you’ll be marketing your services to. Here are 8 skills you can get paid for as a virtual assistant.

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What Does An Online Virtual Assistant Do?

A virtual assistant (VA) is a type of personal assistant that performs a variety of jobs to keep their employer’s business running smoothly. These tasks are done remotely, or virtually, hence the term “virtual.” Virtual assistants are typically self-employed entrepreneurs who have personal experience with the services they’re offering.

The services VAs can offer run the gamut from administrative tasks, such as handling appointments, making calls, and managing email, web-based services like content creation, SEO strategies, and website design, along with social media marketing on all the major networking platforms. The trick as a virtual assistant is to figure out what services you would like to offer, and put them together in a concise and attractive package.

Here are 8 services you could market to potential employers. Anyone running an online business will at some point need some or all of these services.

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1. A Virtual Secretary

Business owners outsource tasks to virtual assistants to save time so they can focus their attention elsewhere. A VA can be a sort of personal secretary that completes daily tasks that are somewhat mundane but still need to be done. These tasks include data entry, writing and sending letters, customer service, making purchases, and responding to emails.

If by chance you’re a VA for a local business, tasks may be of a personal nature as well, such as running errands, picking up coffee, swinging by the dry cleaners, booking hotels, or arranging for flights. VAs could also update and organize calendars and to-do lists. Some business owners struggle with paperwork and staying organized, and would love someone who thrives on organization to tackle these types of tasks. These are situations in which having a virtual assistant, would not only save time, but a lot of headache as well.

2. Blog Content Creator

The cornerstone of any blog is its content, which needs to be created on a consistent basis. As any writer knows, writing weekly blog posts takes time, not to mention it can be harrowing to come up with compelling blog post ideas and titles week after week. A virtual assistant, with a talent for writing engaging articles can be a godsend, and save a lot of time.

Aside from writing content, VAs can proofread content or answer comments, both time-consuming tasks. Just coming up with catchy blog post titles is a job in itself, and would be an awesome service for a virtual assistant. They could also find relevant images and videos for posts or track analytics on Bing Webmaster Tools and Google Search Console to see which articles are generating the most clicks.

3. Keyword Research And SEO

Keyword research is the number one SEO strategy bloggers and entrepreneurs should engage in to make sure their articles are getting found and ranked in Google. It takes time to find long-tailed keywords people are searching for. This is a valuable service VAs can offer that will save their employer time, and greatly improve their SEO in the process.

VAs can also optimize content for SEO, such as adding internal and external links to articles, and making sure the Alt tags on images are not left blank. These are all essential strategies for SEO optimization as is ensuring the meta title and meta description are in place. Along with internal SEO strategies, VAs can assure external SEO tactics are in place as well, including submitting URLs and Sitemaps in Bing and Google, and of course, social media marketing.

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4. Social Media Management Service

Social media marketing is imperative today because of the vast number of people on social media. What better way to get exposure for your content and brand than being active on the various networks. This kind of marketing takes time, and would be a perfect task for a virtual assistant.

Examples of tasks VAs could be responsible for include, creating new social media accounts and business pages, posting Facebook ads, sharing Instagram stories, managing automation platforms, such as Tailwind and Hootsuite, or spending time liking, sharing, and following people. Accessing social media analytics to see what strategies are converting best is another valuable service VAs can provide. It’s important for bloggers, business owners, and entrepreneurs to have a consistent presence on social media, and VAs can fulfill that need.

5. Graphics Designer

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I make graphics for each post I share on Pinterest. I also make graphics for my blog content. Although this doesn’t take inordinate amounts of time, it does take time, and having a virtual assistant take over these tasks would allow me to focus my energies elsewhere. VAs could also make graphics for marketing purposes, such as business cards and posters or logos and banners for website design.

There’s a whole host of tasks VAs could complete under the umbrella of graphic design; graphics for Twitter and Facebook posts, YouTube channel banners and thumbnails, resumes, power point presentations, and Etsy shop covers or even more personal graphics like birthday cards and invitations. The cumulative effect of 20 tasks, that each takes a few minutes, is significant and can save a lot of time if someone else can do them.

6. Email Marketing Manager

Email marketing is the best way to stay in touch with people. Automated weekly emails are exceptional for keeping followers up to date with current content, product offers, or available services, and there’s not a more effective way to grow a list of loyal followers. Email marketing, like all other types of marketing, needs to be managed and a virtual assistant could do this quite handily.

VAs could configure lists, set up email marketing sequences, create newsletter templates, and keep tabs on how opt-in boxes are converting. They could also design and manage landing pages, making sure everything is running smoothly. Email marketing is definitely an area I would want virtual help with.

7. Digital Video Editor

Editing videos for YouTube or social media is another great job for a virtual assistant. Editing can be time-consuming as can optimizing a video for YouTube. Thumbnails need to be made, images and cards added, along with intros and outros, relevant keywords found, and appropriate links placed in the content beneath the video.

And all this for just one video, think of the time required to do this for three or four videos per week, not to mention coming up with interesting content. A virtual assistant could help with brainstorming ideas for video creation as well, and make sure the equipment, like microphones and lighting are working well or help with screencasting and podcast production. Two heads are always better than one.

8. Affiliate Marketing Manager

Finding niche-related merchants and affiliate programs with high-paying commissions takes time, and would be another awesome job for a virtual assistant. With the number of affiliate programs and networks out there, it can be a bit overwhelming to sift through which ones would be most applicable for specific businesses, and this is addition to keeping up on creating weekly content.
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A VA, on the other hand, could delve deep into the ins and outs of individual merchants to see which ones are the best fit, and then request to join the programs they’ve chosen. They could also post affiliate banners on websites and social media, and stay up to date on which affiliate links are getting the most clicks, and change strategies from there if need be.

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Key Points

Virtual assistants can be immensely helpful in reducing overwhelm and skyrocketing productivity. People hire VAs to do tasks they aren’t good at or that they dread.  They’re quite affordable, and can complete a variety of tasks, such as writing or proofreading blog posts, finding affiliate programs, creating graphics, finding incredible keywords, and managing email and social media marketing.

Have you thought of becoming a virtual assistant or hiring one? Let me know in the comments:)


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14 thoughts on “Thinking Of Becoming An Online Virtual Assistant? [8 Skills You Can Get Paid For]”

  1. Hello,

    I have heard a whole lot about digital marketing and other online jobs that one can do to earn some cash, but the idea of having an online virtual assistant has never occurred to me until now when I read your post. It would be awesome to have a VA. Thanks!

  2. This is a great article not just because I’ve never heard of a virtual assistant, but it gives you a great idea on the scope of duties that are performed by them.  I have experience in most of these and definitely gonna look into doing something like this.  Have you done this for others and if so, how long have you been doing it?

    • Hi Thomas,

      I’m not using a virtual assistant at this time but would like to in the future. If you have experience in these areas, you would be a fantastic VA. Do look into it!

  3. I never realized a virtual assistant could help with so many things. This would definitely make my life easier, providing I can find the right person and someone I can trust.

    I am also a member of Wealthy Affiliate, and luckily this company trains us so well that we could also become virtual assistants if we so wished, as looking at the list of jobs here, I can say that I would be able to do all of them thanks to Wealthy Affiliate.

    • Hi Michel,

      I learned my skills at Wealthy Affiliate as well. It’s amazing how many skills I’ve learned from this amazing affiliate marketing platform. A virtual assistant would make life a lot easier, wouldn’t it? You would definitely have to find someone that is highly organized and trustworthy. 

      Thank you for commenting!

  4. Superb! I worked as a  Virtual Assistant for 3 years on Fiverr and I must confess I never knew proofreading and blog posting can be categories as a job of a VA…From your post I can now see various type of services that a virtual assistant can render aside from managing social media accounts. I look forward to getting more posts from you that will be eye opening.

    • That’s awesome you worked as a virtual assistant. Yes, proofreading and writing content are jobs VAs can tackle. Thanks for taking the time to comment. 

  5. It’s interesting how internet businesses have developed countless different jobs, including Virtual Assistants. I do not know how much they earn but certainly, above-average knowledge and responsibility are sought.

    The article is interesting because it has revealed a whole new area but it is not usable for me. I have too little knowledge to be able to get into such a thing. But in any case, it is good to know.

    • Thank you for reading. You’re right, the internet has created virtual jobs that people are actively seeking now. 

  6. Hello Holly,

    This is a very thorough and detailed post you wrote here. I didn’t know much about Virtual Assistants and not to mention the best services to offer. After reading this, I have been thinking about becoming a virtual assistant and learning more about where to apply and try to develop the skills you mentioned throughout your article.

    Thank you for informing me and letting me know about virtual assistants. I learned so much from what you have written.

  7. Hello Holly,

    Your valuable review on Online Virtual Assistant is really inspirational. It could be a good way to earn online. The eight points that you have discussed in detail are very useful for being an online virtual assistant. As well as being a skilled entrepreneur to succeed in affiliate marketing and business, these services are needed. Thank you sincerely for a detailed review with a nice video.

    Best Regards,

    • Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Virtual assistants can make a good living working remotely, and are a great asset to bloggers, business owners and online entrepreneurs. They provide an amazing service!


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