What is a virtual assistant? Some people think that virtual assistants only provide general office administration tasks, but the industry has exploded into much more than that. Nearly every job that is offered in an office setting can be done virtually, with salaries ranging from $10 to $100+ per hour.
Regardless of the position, self-motivation, discipline, job skills and independence are key characteristics of virtual assistants. Focusing on one area of expertise is also key to developing a virtual assistant business. When one becomes knowledgeable in a specific area, they can earn more money than the average assistant who generalizes in everything, but excels in nothing.
1. Executive Virtual Assistant
An executive assistant performs the usual roles of a secretary such as managing correspondence and preparing presentations, but they also act as the gatekeeper to the executive of the company. They understand the requirements of the executive, and are then able to decide which events or meetings should or should not be scheduled. Because the executive assistant reports to a director, vice president or CEO of a company, they make a higher salary than an average secretary and can earn up to $58,000 per year.
2. Legal/Insurance Assistants
Virtual assistants with knowledge of the legal or insurance businesses are valuable. Although typing letters, answering emails and scheduling meetings are part of the job, so is legal and/or insurance research, motions and correspondence. Depending on the experience, legal/insurance virtual assistants can earn between $20 and $30 per hour with an annual salary ranging from $42,000 - $61,000.
3. Medical Transcriptionist
Being a medical transcriptionist is a demanding job, and nearly every position in this field requires experience and/or training. The work involves listening to and typing up dictation from physicians. Experienced transcriptionists are in very high demand and can make between $15 and $20 per hour.
4. Graphic Design Assistants
Graphic designers can assemble images, words and logos into marketing and advertising pieces for a company and can earn nearly $61,000 a year with a degree, certification or a large portfolio of experience.
5. Web Design Assistants
Information technology is one of the hot job demands right now. Web design assistants can work from home and offer services such as code updates, hosting, custom website design, template modification and redesigns, and usability reviews. The more knowledgeable in HTML, the better. Web designers can make near $30 per hour.
6. Translating Assistant
Many international companies need translation of documents, while many local businesses may need transcription of data to be sent overseas. Foreign language translators are hard to find, especially those fluent in multiple languages. Translating virtual assistants can make nearly $70,000 per year, depending on the language or industry. The highest paying industries are generally in the scientific and technical areas.
7. Marketing Assistants
Several activities related to marketing can be provided virtually. Services such as online surveys, market research, online marketing, copywriting, advertising design and public relations are within the work realm of a marketing virtual assistant. Depending on the experience of the assistant and how many services they can provide, they can earn up to $25 per hour.
8. Customer Service Agent Assistants
Customer service assistants are often the first point of contact with the company and deal with customer inquiries and complaints. Good 'people skills,' a friendly demeanor and excellent communication skills are all needed in this career. Customer service agents can earn between $41,000-68,000 per year.
9. Travel Assistant
A personal travel assistant is a person who facilitates travel arrangements for companies or individuals. People who have spent an extensive amount of time traveling, or anyone who understands the corporate world will be able to arrange complex travel details and make an excellent travel assistant. Since the travel assistant must be able to book flights, conference attendance, and hotel accommodations, this position is one that often comes with a fair amount of stress. Travel assistants make on average about $25 per hour.
10. Technical Support Assistants
Technical Support Assistants are responsible for providing technical support, consulting, training and communication services to those using the computer systems within the company. A technical support assistant can expect to make between $29,000 and $61,000 annually. The more certifications and experience in hardware and software applications, the more money a Tech Support Assistant can make.