When starting any new job, you’re expected to have some type of experience, right? As a Virtual Assistant (VA) you’re actually expected to have more experience than usual because you’ll be working by yourself with little help or guidance, not to mention they’re hiring you because they don’t have time to do it themselves, much less train you! So, you need to have enough knowledge about the task(s) at hand before diving in.
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When you build your profile on the sites I’m about to tell you about, be sure to select every skill that you’re good at, or have some knowledge in, so that you’ll easily find jobs and/or be contacted by clients who are looking for someone to do something that you’re already familiar with.
Once you’re with a client for a while, doing something you already knew how to do, there will most likely be opportunities to learn something new — which benefits you, so be sure to add that skill to your profiles!
Gaining experience as a VA isn’t always easy because it can be difficult to find clients — I’ll get into how to do that independently on a later date. When I was first getting started as a VA, I found a few different places online to easily find clients and gain experience.
I’m going to go into more detail about this one than the others because it’s my personal favorite. For the others, I’ll include links to provide you with all of the information you need.
At TimeEtc, you will be using your experience and skills to complete a wide variety of personal assistant and administration tasks for a number of different people.
The Application Process
You can apply by clicking here.
The application does include a test — don’t be afraid! The test is pretty easy! It’s something like “Help Mr. Smith find a public transit from this airport to this hotel at this time on this date”. Google Maps is your friend on this one! Remember to sound professional.
Once you’ve completed the application, you’ll get an email to let you know whether you’ve gotten the job or not.
If you don’t get it, don’t get discouraged! There could be few clients needing anything at the time, and you can reapply after a certain amount of days. I’m not sure how many, but you can ask the nice lady that emails you with the decision — she’s super nice and helpful!
How It Works
Basically, clients go to TimeEtc to hire a VA.
Then, the girls in the office at TimeEtc hand-pick VAs that they think would be good for that client and place it on your Opportunity board. If you’re one of the chosen ones, you’ll see it as an opportunity to apply for.
Once you apply for it, a phone interview with the girls at TimeEtc is scheduled (you pick the time — very flexible — and it’s usually within the next day or two).
They then narrow it down and send the client a list of VAs to interview.
If you’re one of the lucky ones, the client will contact you to schedule an interview to talk about their needs.
You’ll usually hear back from them pretty quickly with their decision and, if you’re chosen, you’ll receive instructions to start work.
There is an inbox within TimeEtc for you to communicate with clients and the back office of TimeEtc. There is also a comment section under each task assigned to you, so you can communicate with clients there too. A lot of clients also use other methods of communication, such as Slack, text messaging, or email.
Show Me The Money
Pay starts at $11/hour BUT, if you let them create you a free website they’ll pay you $16/hour — WHY NOT?!
Pay is direct deposited once per month, sometime before the 11th of the month, if I remember correctly.
There is a button to clock in and out for each client on the website. You can also view pay stubs. Taxes are done via 1099.
- At least 2/3 years of commercial experience (basically, if you’ve worked any job you have SOME kind of experience in SOMETHING dealing with computers, right?)
- Ability to work during the working week (Monday-Friday)
- Ability to work part-time
- Ability to work from home
- Your own computer and Office software suite
Here’s how it works.
All of the sites I’ve mentioned will allow you to tailor your profile to your skills and needs, and will allow clients to find you easily when searching for an assistant. Some clients are just looking for someone to complete one task, and others are looking for someone long-term. My first client ever ended up being long-term, and I still work with her today!
I hope this helps you get your foot in the door of becoming a VA. Best of luck!