101 Ways to Make Money as a Work at Home Freelancer or Virtual Assistant

101 Ways to Make Money as a Work at Home Freelancer or Virtual Assistant

As the economy continues to recover from the Great Recession, more and more people are looking for ways to make money online. Fortunately, the demand for virtual assistants is higher than it has ever been. This is great news for anyone who is looking to make money online as a freelancer or a virtual assistant.

In the post, Work at Home as a Virtual Assistant and 30Websites to Find VA Jobs, we covered the expanding field of virtual assistance in the remote workforce. We discussed exactly what a virtual assistant is and what a virtual assistant does, as well as how to know if virtual assisting is for you, how to start, and where to find virtual assistant jobs.

In that post, I also listed some of the services that virtual assistants offer. However, I wanted to expand on that list to provide a more thorough perspective of all the services that can be provided and allow someone to work at home and be their own boss.

If you are tired of being underpaid for the work you do and overworked for the pay you get and are ready to make more money, fulfill your life’s calling, and have time to explore other interests and talents, becoming a virtual assistant or a freelancer might be the perfect solution for you. Freelancing and virtual assistant work offer you the opportunity to make money from home doing something you love to do. You set your own schedule and get to choose how much time you spend on client work and how much time you spend on other projects. You are in control and you get to pick the perfect clients for you.

Common tasks that VAs perform are much like those done in the typical office, such as bookkeeping, handling phone calls, handling scheduling, creating documents and presentations, or writing letters and emails.

In addition to administrative tasks, there are numerous specialized tasks performed by virtual assistants who are skilled in other areas such as customer service and support, social media management, marketing, content creation, and web design and management.

You can make money as a virtual assistant by being general administrative support or a specialist. Below, we will discuss some of the ways that you can make money as a virtual assistant. So, are you ready to discover 101 Ways to Make Money as a Virtual Assistant or Freelancer? Great! Let’s get started. Take a look at the list below to see if you have some of the skills needed to become a VA.


Administrative Support

Administrative support can involve many duties in order to help organize, manage and keep a business running smoothly. Administrative assistants are needed to:

  1. Schedule appointments
  2. Manage calendars
  3. Make travel arrangements
  4. Manage files and databases
  5. Create documents (letters, spreadsheets, reports)
  6. Create presentations
  7. Perform phone call and voicemail support
  8. Manage contact lists
  9. Perform project management
  10. Transcription
  11. Perform data entry

Accounting

  1. Perform bookkeeping
  2. Create and send invoices
  3. Collect payments
  4. Process payroll

Email Management

  1. Organize and optimize inboxes
  2. Delete spam and unsubscribe from email lists
  3. Draft canned responses to emails
  4. Send responses
  5. Follow up on previously sent emails
  6. Flag important emails

Customer Service

Customer service is helping a company’s customers, whether is answering inquiries before they purchase the product or service or handling issues that come up after the purchase. Customer service assistants are needed to:

  1. Process orders
  2. Set up and operate CRM platforms
  3. Handle customer inquiries via phone, email, chat support, or social media support
  4. Process refunds
  5. Create and update knowledgebases or FAQs

E-commerce support

E-commerce support is a lot like Customer service but with additional technical tasks. E-commerce support assistants are needed to:

Setup

  1. Create storefronts (with Shopify, Woocommerce, etc.)
  2. Choose themes
  3. Add About, Contact, FAQ pages and information
  4. Add product images
  5. Write copy for product descriptions
  6. Setup payment methods
  7. Setup store policies (shipping, refund)
  8. Setup inventory and fulfillment management
  9. Perform Search Engine Optimization

Management

  1. Process orders
  2. Track order fulfillment
  3. Handle contacts with suppliers and shipping companies
  4. Handle customer inquiries and complaints
  5. Manage marketing/paid advertising (Facebook Ads, Instagram Ads, Google Ads)

Online Marketing

Online marketing, also known as digital or internet marketing, is a type of marketing that happens on the internet. It mainly consists of searching through the web, social media, email and websites and even text or multimedia messages in order to connect with current and prospective customers. Online marketers are needed to:

Email Marketing

  1. Set up email marketing accounts(with SendinBlue, Constant Contact, Mailchimp, etc.)
  2. Create email campaigns
  3. Track email campaigns
  4. Set up, design, and manage newsletters
  5. Write newsletters
  6. Set up autoresponders
  7. Grow email lists
  8. Manage email lists

Content Creation

  1. Create graphic designs
  2. Source and format photos and visuals
  3. Write blog posts
  4. Proofread and edit posts
  5. Upload and format blog posts
  6. Schedule blog posts
  7. Perform topic and keyword research
  8. Create and manage editorial calendars
  9. Write scripts for audio and video productions

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

  1. Perform keyword Research
  2. Perform site audits
  3. Track performance through Google Analytics
  4. Perform on-page optimization (keywords, headings, links, images)
  5. Create backlinks to the website
  6. Track ranking

Social Media Management and Marketing

Social media marketing is a type of online marketing that uses social media platforms to engage existing and future customers in order to build a brand, increase sales, and drive website traffic. Social media management is the process of coming up with a strategy that includes creating and posting content to attract customers. Social media managers and marketers are needed to:

  1. Set up/update social media accounts and pages
  2. Promote blog/website content
  3. Create posts/stories/pins
  4. Design or source images to post/pin
  5. Set up and manage social scheduling tools (Hootsuite, Creator Studio, Tailwind)
  6. Engage followers
  7. Grow a social media following on different platforms
  8. Monitor and respond to mentions and comments
  9. Perform hashtag research
  10. Create and manage a content calendar
  11. Curate and share content from other pages
  12. Manage groups or communities
  13. Create paid ads and manage paid advertising (Facebook Ads, Instagram Ads, Pinterest Ads, etc.)

Website and Blog Management

Blog management involves overseeing the content creation (blog posts, videos, imagery) and technical operation of blogging websites. Website and blog managers are needed to:

  1. Create and design websites (WordPress, Wix)
  2. Customize website themes
  3. Add and format new pages and posts
  4. Update pages and posts
  5. Install and update plugins
  6. Fix broken links
  7. Write or fix code
  8. Manage and update themes and security
  9. Approve/reply to comments
  10. Track website performance through Google Analytics
  11. Perform Search Engine Optimization
  12. Backup websites
  13. Set up and manage intergrations (forms, scheduling, email lists, social media, etc.)
  14. Set up payment options
  15. Manage browser and mobile compatibility

Writing

Writing is likely the most sought-after skill among freelancers and virtual assistants. Businesses always need written content for the purposes of selling their brands, products, and services to potential customers. Writers are needed to:

  1. Publish newsletters
  2. Create and publish blog posts and articles
  3. Produce e-books
  4. Write and publish press releases
  5. Proofread and edit others’ written content

Copywriting

  1. Write product descriptions for online stores
  2. Create landing pages
  3. Create sales pages
  4. Create sales funnels
  5. Write sales letters

Conclusion

So there you have 101 ways that you can make money as a virtual assistant. Whether you have experience as a virtual assistant or not, there is certainly a way for you to make money as a virtual assistant. There are many tasks that a virtual assistant can perform.

Offering just one of some of the services listed above can be enough to earn a good income. However, bundling a few similar services can make you a must-hire virtual assistant. Anyone who has worked in one of the fields above can potentially strike out on their own and be their own boss. Hopefully, this list will inspire you to consider a new path! Visit the post, Work at Home as a Virtual Assistant and 30Websites to Find VA Jobs, to find where you can start making money with any of the skills above.

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