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6 Ways to Make Money as a Virtual Assistant

Entrepreneurs are busy AF. Which is where virtual assistants come in, they help online entrepreneurs take stuff off their plate. By specializing in a specific area, you aren't trying to do all things, like the entrepreneur.  As a VA you have the choice to work part time or full-time. Because your clients can be from anywhere you can find clients that align with the hours you are available to work. 

Side Hustling as a Virtual Assistant

Before jumping into being a VA full-time it's smart to start out as a side hustle. Before you get started side hustling, you need to mentally prepare that you are taking on extra work and that can be exhausting. It helps if you have a goal in mind with you side hustle. 

Have A Goal With Your Side Hustle

Side hustling just to side hustle is hard to maintain. Side hustling works best if you have a specific goal in mind. It could be to pay off debt or to build an emergency fund, or to save for a downpayment on a house. Whatever your goal, write it down in big bold letters.

Side Hustle Income is Taxable

Lastly, the money you make side hustling is still taxable income, don’t get yourself in trouble with Uncle Sam by skipping out on paying taxes. 

A good rule of thumb is 30% but can vary based on your overall income and any deductions.

Personally, I use the QuickBooks Self Employed (BTW you'll get 50% off with my link) app to calculate my quarterly taxes so I know how much to set aside. Though keep in mind it only keeps up with federal taxes and you will need to set aside an additional amount for your state taxes.

So here are 6 ways you can make money as a virtual assistant.

1. SOCIAL MEDIA VA

Bloggers and other entrepreneurs know that social media is important to growing their business, but they don't always have time to do it. They also can't be an expert in all things, so there is lots of work available as a social media virtual assistant managing social media accounts.

Gertrude at My Online Biz Journey details how you can get started as a freelance social media manager.

2. EMAIL MARKETING VA

Email marketing like social media is a big piece of the running an online business pie. Having someone else to manage or help with email marketing can help online business owners to lower their stress levels.

3. BLOG MANAGEMENT VA

I know, you see all these how to blog posts that help you in starting a blog but then you get into blogging and realize that starting the blog is the easy part. There is content planning, email marketing, list building, social media promotion, networking, guest posting. and a million other things that go into blogging. You have to really love it to stick with it.

A blog manager can help with content planning, moderating comments and assigning posts to writers.

4. COMMUNITY MODERATOR / CUSTOMER SERVICE VA

Facebook groups and other communities built by online businesses require a moderator to ensure nothing gets out of hand or inappropriate. Those groups can also be a place for customers to seek assistance if something isn't working.

VA Lifestyle Design has a great post that outlines the different services a Virtual Assistant can offer including blog management, email marketing, and customer service.

5. CREATE CONTENT UPGRADES

Bloggers will often use content upgrades to get people to subscribe to their email list. However, after creating content, bloggers don't always have time to create the content upgrades as well.

Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income outlines different ideas for content upgrades, any of which you could offer to make as a service.  

6. TECHNICAL VA

Grayson Bell from Debt Roundup​ is a WordPress Guru, if you've been in any blogging circle you've probably heard of him. He has his own business as a technical VA, he helps with pretty much anything having to do with WordPress.

Whether you accidentally took down your entire site (I did that once), or just don't want to deal with various updates on your site. He offers one off help and monthly services. You can learn more about his Technical VA services on his site iMark Interactive.

If you are similarly technically gifted, you could become a technical VA as well.

Want to get started as a VA but not sure where to start? Gina Horkey has a great course, 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success.

Wrapping it Up with a Bow On Top

Whatever services you decide to offer as a VA, just be good at what you do and reliable in your work and you can be successful. Remember to keep taxes in mind and to not take on more work than you can handle. You don't want to burn out, it makes it hard to keep going. 

Hustle tools & resources i recommend

GRAMMARLY (BE A BETTER WRITER) I use Grammarly as a second pair of eyes to help me clean up and proofread my writing/typing. The best part is that it is free to use. You can install an extension on your web browser and it will check any writing you do online. While there is a paid premium version, you can get by with the free version for a long time. I only recently upgraded. If you want to know more about Grammarly, you can read my review.

30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success (to start freelance writing) Personally, I found the course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success extremely helpful to get me started with freelance writing. It breaks down everything you need to do, step by step, so that by the time you get to pitching for jobs, you are prepared and successful. For me, the course paid for itself when I got my first freelance writing job. I now earn between $2,000 - $4,000 per month (check out my income reports) with freelance writing.

Lyft (to make money driving) Driving with Lyft is a great way to earn some extra cash. I love how easy it is to just turn on an app when I feel like driving and make some money. I wrote an entire post about driving for Lyft. It includes what you can expect during the application process, what it's like to actually drive and the many perks of driving with Lyft.  Get started driving for Lyft.

BookScouter (to make money selling your books) BookScouter allows you to enter your book's ISBN number and it compares the prices it would get from various sellers, making sure you fetch the most money possible for selling that book.

Contena (for Finding Freelance Writing Jobs) I used Contena when I was working my 9-5 and getting started freelance writing. It made it easy to find freelance writing jobs to pitch. While it's not a cheap Contena is definitely worth it if you don't have a ton of time to spend looking for freelance writing jobs to pitch. Contena pulls together pretty much all of the available freelance writing jobs out there into one place and will  notify you via email of ones in your niche. 

Rover (make money hanging with dogs) Rover is a website that connects pet sitters with pet owners. I did a video tutorial on how to use the site as pet sitter and the accompanying post goes over what makes Rover a great side hustle. Read and watch the post or get started petsitting.

Quickbooks Self-Employed (for managing Hustle Money) I use the QuickBooks Self Employed (BTW you'll get 50% off with my link) app to calculate my quarterly taxes so I know how much to set aside. Though keep in mind it only keeps up with federal taxes and you will need to set aside an additional amount for your state taxes. 

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Liz

Liz is a blogger helping people with personal finance and working for themselves. She shares her own journey to debt freedom and helps graduates dealing with above average student loan debt on her site, Less Debt More Wine. She currently resides in NC after calling Massachusetts home for nearly a decade.

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