How to Find Legitimate Virtual Assistant Jobs

June 7, 2016 by OurNetHelps

A Virtual Assistant is very crucial to many businesses and contributes a whole lot to the way they accomplish tasks. This is someone whom businesses and even individuals who are swamped with work delegate some or all of their work. In most cases, the virtual assistant is an independent contractor who buys his or her own equipment and software and sets their own schedule. There is an agreement of course to complete certain tasks by a given time in a certain way.

Many businesses and busy individuals have realized the importance of outsourcing their work to a virtual assistant. Outsourcing is very important. Many small and large business waste a lot of time trying to mess with repetitive tasks that they can easily have someone else who has the expertise and the time do. Take for instance technical support issues.Most companies know how to produce products but support is another issue altogether. By outsourcing this to a virtual assistant, they can be freed to do what they do best.

In my more than five years of working as a Virtual Assistant, I now find it easy to search for clients and eventually get hired. When I was starting as a VA, I must admit I struggled with getting clients. That’s normal though. I have learned along the way. I did some more readings from other blogs related to Virtual Assistant jobs and found some helpful tips on how I can find clients looking to hire virtual assistants. Now, I have several places or sites where I meet prospective clients seeking for virtual administrative assistance.

Here are my top 4:

1. Upwork

Upwork.com is the world’s largest and leading online talent and skills marketplace. It helps companies hire and manage professionals or freelancers to get work done and grow their business. At the same time, it provides professionals and freelancers the opportunities to work and earn.

I started to use upwork two years ago. I put it on top of my list because, in my experience, it gave me the best clients so far. I have found long term virtual assistant works through upwork. I can earn $1000 to $2000 a month working as a Virtual Secretary from upwork alone.

How to apply for virtual assistant jobs:

With a paid membership, you will be given “connects” that you can use in placing bids to job postings. Make sure you have a good proposal and reasonable rate when bidding especially when you are just starting. When you have built a good reputation and earned positive reviews, you can opt to increase your rate. Remember that most companies prefer to hire those that have positive reviews/feedback.

2. Guru

Like upwork.com, Guru.com is one of the biggest online talent marketplaces. Almost all projects that can be outsourced are found in here. I found some good clients in here although they are a more short term that what I got from upwork. It is not about the marketplace I think, maybe I was just luckier with upwork or that guru has more virtual admin assistants to compete with over these jobs.

How to apply for virtual assistant jobs:

For free memberships, you are only allowed to bid to a few select job postings which make it difficult to land a job or get a project. With a paid membership, you can get more privileges in placing bids to jobs available. You are given up to a hundred bid counts per month if I am not mistaken. You also need a good proposal and a good reputation for a better possibility of getting hired.

3. Craigslist

Although many people say dealing in Craigslist.org is a lot riskier than any place else, I would still put it at third spot due to some good clients it brought me. I have gotten virtual assistant tasks from here since I started as a VA. This is where I got my first client, that actually paid. Yeah, there were some clients that did not pay. That is the risk with Craigslist. It is an open classified ad site so the possibility of getting scammed is higher.

In general, Craigslist has been so helpful when I look for writing jobs. I have learned from my bad experiences so when I deal with clients that I met from Craigslist, I make sure I won’t get screwed. I either do some background check on them or I ask for upfront payment. But for starters, I don’t suggest the latter.

How to apply for virtual assistant jobs:

When you see ads on Craigslist, you can find contact information on the poster. It can be an email, phone number or a URL where you can apply online. Make sure you have a good proposal prepared. Rates in Craigslist in my observation is a bit lower because the companies looking for workers are generally those that do not want to shell out some cash to register in paid online marketplaces. So giving a reasonable rate is critical for you to be considered when applying.

4. Freelancer

Freelancer.com is one of my favorites because it is free to register and a lot of virtual assistant jobs are available. In my experience though, other freelance sites, it is only in freelancer where I experienced getting scammed. Because a company can post a job for free in the first post, chances are, some people will take advantage and post jobs that are not legit and will only try to screw you. I have experienced once not getting paid. Although it was only a short term small project, I became more reluctant to apply to jobs offered by new buyers. Since then, I always apply to jobs posted by old buyers.

How to apply for virtual assistant jobs:

It is free to register in freelancer.com although it charges you a small amount after you were awarded a job or your bid won. Prepare a good and appealing proposal for your bid to be noticed more. I always customize my proposals or letter of application depending on the need of the client. Virtual assistant jobs vary from tasks so it is better to have a customized proposal.

These are my top 4 marketplaces where I find VA jobs and got success the most. I hope this helps you as you look for virtual administrative assistant jobs.

SEMrush