How to Make Money as a Virtual Assistant (VA)?
An employer feels that it is safe to assign sensitive and crucial projects to professionals, because they can take on the responsibility.
So, the first step in making more is building up on skills, qualifications and experience. Once you have gained self confidence that you can handle crucial projects independently and can provide flawless service to your clients, you are ready to make more money as a virtual assistant.
Why Should Virtual Assistants Start a Website of Their Own?
Not only virtual assistants, but all professionals can gain more business if they start their own website and use it to advertise their skills, services and products.
A website of your own provides you freedom to showcase your portfolio, testimonials and recommendations from previous clients and the ability to get in touch with prospective clients without any restriction or constraint.
Why Should Your Website Also Have a Blog?
Having a simple 3 pages website is not going to bring you any decent amounts of online traffic or impress the clients to a great degree. Having your own blog along with your site helps you in many ways.
If you learn to provide high quality content that is optimized for both the search engines and for your blog visitors, it will bring you both traffic and clients.
It is more likely for people to check out your ‘Hire Me’ page after they have been impressed with your quality content. This content obviously has to be related to the skills you are offering as a virtual assistant in order to bring in desired results.
How Much Do Virtual Assistants Make?
Well, as I described in the section on various levels of virtual office assistants, the pay rate is directly dependent upon the level of expertise and complexity of the job.
But this cannot be necessarily the benchmark for determining how much money VAs make. Many a times, the hourly rate has to be negotiated for long term contracts and also for clients that cannot pay much because they are still setting up their business.
Negotiation of rates is a two way process, and both the client and the VA will have to work this out between themselves. But in order to give you a rough idea, the usual rates range between $ 5 and $ 50 per hour.
If you are trying to make money from home, then opting to become a virtual assistant is a great home based business idea. You really do not have to invest in anything much except for the basic office stuff like a computer, telephone and an internet connection. Outsourcing projects and tasks to virtual assistants is becoming more popular with each day, as business owners want to free up their time in order to indulge in variety of money making activities.