50+ Services You Can Offer as a Virtual Assistant
Have you ever thought about running an online business from home?
One of the most popular ways to start an online business right now is to become a virtual assistant.
But what does this work exactly entail?
A lot of people have misconceptions about virtual assistants, thinking that they are merely secretaries when they are actually not. As its name suggests, virtual assistants help online business owners grow their businesses virtually and can offer a wide range of services.
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If you want to get a good headstart in your new business, you need to know exactly the types of services that you can offer your potential clients.
50+ Legitimate VA Services You Can Offer
Most people who are just starting out their virtual assistant business often begin their journey offering administrative work for their clients.
Why so? Administrative tasks usually do not require a lot of experience or extensive technical knowledge. Just as long as you know how to use a computer and follow instructions, you are usually good to go.
So, what kind of services can you offer as an administrative VA? Below are just a few…
- Booking appointments with clients
- Customer service (via phone, email or chat)
- Running personal errands
- Taking down meeting minutes
- Hotel and flight booking
- Research (usually for blog posts)
- Keyword research
- Receptionist duties
- Chore tasks (involves interacting with fellow bloggers on Facebook group threads through visiting, commenting or sharing other blog posts)
- Inbox management
- Liaising with clients, bloggers or other freelancers
- Calendar management
- Creating reports, slideshows, and presentations
- Managing online stores
- Order fulfillment
Those who have a flair for writing can start off their virtual assistant journey in the content department.
If you don’t think there is a high demand for blog posts and other forms of written content, think again. At least 60% of both B2C (business to consumer) and B2B (business to business) marketers know that they need to take content marketing very seriously if they want their businesses to grow.
Thus, if you can leverage your skills and do more content related work beyond writing blog posts and articles for your clients, then you can demand much higher pay.
Providing content as a virtual assistant for your clients isn’t limited to website content but can also include content for social media, emails, products and so on.
Some of the in-demand content-related tasks you can provide as a service include:
- Content creation (blog posts, articles)
- Content uploading and formatting
- Email copywriting (this usually demands a higher price)
- Email uploading, formatting, and scheduling
- Lead magnet or content upgrade creation
- Ebook creation
- E-course content creation
- Social media scheduling
- Social media management – Learn how to become a Pinterest VA
Graphics and Design
One thing that looks easy to do (but actually takes a lot of skill) is doing graphic and design work.
Not everybody can create beautiful designs, which is especially important in this very visual world. There is a science to creating graphics you need to take into consideration your branding but also reader psychology, to make sure that your branded graphics do not just catch their attention but also entice people to take action (ex. click through and read your blog, leave their email addresses, purchase your product).
What kinds of services can you provide as a virtual assistant who specializes in graphics and design work?
- Website design
- Logo creation
- Creating branded document templates
- Creating branded website graphics
- Creating branded social media graphics
- Editing photos
- Designing lead magnets
- Designing ebooks
- Designing workbooks and worksheets
Tech is a bane for many business owners. Unfortunately, without tech, it can be very difficult to run any business online.
Technical services encompass many things, and the niche itself requires many different skills and requirements, depending on the type of business being run.
There is also numerous online software made available to help run an online business a whole lot easier, but even then, entrepreneurs would rather not spend their time figuring out how to use these tools and instead use their time to focus on what can help grow their business.
Some of the most common technical services you can offer as a virtual assistant include the following:
- Website development
- Website backup and maintenance
- Search engine optimization (can also be content-related)
- Email marketing set up
- E-commerce setup
- Payment gateway integrations
- Setup for webinars and workshops
- Learning system management setup and maintenance (for online course creators)
- Creating landing and sales pages
- Organizing and setting up virtual summits and teleconferences
- Setting up social media accounts and creating automation
- Integrating different software platforms
More Virtual Assistance Services
Still, have not found a good fit for your skills? Here are more services that you can offer…
- Accounts receivable
- Recruitment and hiring other freelancers
- Legal consultation
Which One is For You?
As you can see, there is a whole bunch of services that you can offer virtually.
You can simply choose which one you are most skillful or experienced in and then work your way from there. Some would suggest niching down early on, but you can also cast a wider net and try out different types of work to see which one you truly love and enjoy doing.
Gina, founder of Horkey Handbook and creator of 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success, suggests starting out with three basic services namely social media, email management and content management.
The term virtual assistant usually has a negative connotation to it, and people think that those who do VA work can do anything and everything they ask.
Generalists are in-demand but usually come with lower pay, starting at $15-20 per hour. However, if you can upgrade your skills and specialize in one or two, you can ditch the virtual assistant title, provide one-on-one consultations to your clients and demand a much higher price, sometimes reaching around $100 or even more per hour.
Another way to go about it would be to create a digital marketing agency, provide multiple services and become a one-stop shop for your clients. You will have to outsource the other tasks and hire out other freelancers to join your team, but this can be really profitable if done right.
If you position yourself right and market your services properly, you might just be able to make a profitable business out of it – or even use it to replace your full-time income fully.
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