Many freelancers start out as virtual assistants. It's a great service offering and gives you plenty of options to specialize later in your freelancing career.
Virtual assistants provide an array of services like:
- Data Entry
- Email / Inbox Management
- Scheduling / Calendar Management
- Phone / Email / Chat Support
- Article Writing
- Booking Flights and Accommodation
If you have what it takes to become a virtual assistant, or if you're just interested in exploring this service offering, I've compiled a list of freelancing websites for you below.
Now, there's definitely more platforms out there, but these are the ones I highly recommend:
Upwork is the biggest marketplace for freelancers in the world, and it provides opportunities for pretty much any type of freelance work, including virtual assistance.
Unfortunately though, getting into the Upwork platform has become difficult. They'd need to review and approve your profile before you can start applying to jobs.
Freelancer is another giant in the work-from-home space, just like Upwork. It's much easier to get into the platform, but be prepared to pay a membership fee after sending out 8 free
From data entry, proofreading, and even answering surveys, ClickWorker offers all sorts of VA tasks. In order for you to get in, you'd need to complete short assessments. Keep in mind that the better you do with the assessments, the more job opportunities you'll have in the platform.
4. Fancy Hands
Fancy Hands hires people to work as assistants for thousands of users of their site. As long as you have the basic requirements to work effectively and efficiently as a VA, you can get started on this platform. They pay freelancers by task, versus an hourly or per project structure.
The great thing about TaskBullet is that they teach, educate and inspire their VAs to be the best humans on the planet—they have a strong focus on personal development.
For them it isn’t just a job, it’s an opportunity to become a better person, both personally and professionally.
6. Red Butler
Red Butler is a matching service that provides dedicated assistants to entrepreneurs, companies, and even families, offering services like scheduling, research, and even travel assistance.
If you're having a hard time getting into Upwork, goLance is a great alternative! And you know what's even better? It's a relatively new freelancer marketplace, so there's less competition! Woot woot!
Truelancer is similar to Freelancer, except that you have 20 free proposals per month (compared to 8 free proposals with Freelancer) when using a non-premium account. You may also pay extra to get your proposals features which should increase your chances of winning projects.
Another great platform for VAs, and freelancers in general, is PeoplePerHour. Simply fill in their application form after confirming your email, and you should be good to go!
Easy and fast set up, Guru provides you with 10 bids monthly to use for applying to jobs in the platform.
I encourage you to explore how these platforms work so you can hit the ground running. It'll be helpful to have understanding of any of these platforms before you fully commit to one.
Once you've picked one that resonates with you, focus on it, and avoid juggling several platforms at a time. If in case things don't work out with one platform, you can move on to another one.
Enjoy platform hunting!
P.S. Are you using one of these platforms? Do you have a favorite from the list, or have any recommendations that I should add? Let me know in the comments section below!