Virtual assistant opportunities continue to rise. With that increase, the number of websites and platforms also continue to increase where VAs can look for jobs. According to 99firms.com, both large and small companies are choosing to hire remote employees. And by 2027, freelancers in the U.S. are expected to reach 86.5 million by 2027. But as a new virtual assistant just starting out, it can be challenging to build your client list and finding work in the beginning. So today I’m sharing a roundup of websites and platforms to look for virtual assistant jobs.
A virtual assistant is generally a self-employed contractor who works from home (or wherever they wish) and assists a business with supportive tasks.
One of the many perks of being a virtual assistant is the flexibility and the ability to choose how many hours a week you work. You can choose to work part-time hours or full-time, depending on your level of availability. Whether a company is a small business or large organization, hiring a virtual assistant saves businesses money. That’s because VA’s are paid by per service or hours worked, which means companies only pay remote workers for productive time. It’s a win-win for both the virtual assistant and company, who hires virtual assistants.
When you’re just starting out, you might be wondering where you can find virtual assistant jobs. Below is a list of websites and platforms of where to look for virtual assistant jobs to help make your job search easier. There are many more websites and platforms available besides the list below too. These are ones that I’ve consistently seen and have heard about.
Upwork is a work marketplace. The site helps businesses find talent and helps independent freelancers find potential clients. As a freelancer, you can find positions in development, design, sales, virtual assistant, marketing, writing, customer service and many other specializations.
As a freelancer, you create a profile showcasing your skill sets. Then you can either choose to find job opportunities posted on Upwork or Upwork can help match you with a client. Upwork has been used from large companies like Microsoft, Airbnb and Bissell to smaller companies who need assistance for tasks they don’t have time to do. Plus Upwork has a dedicated team to make sure only trusted jobs are posted to the site. For Upwork’s resources, they take 10% of your profits.
Fiverr is another online marketplace for freelancers. As a freelancer, you can find one-off jobs to package deals and you set your own pay rates. Freelancers offer a variety of services like video editing, graphic design, blog writing and much more. However, Fiverr deducts 20% from your payment for using their services.
The site also offers Pro Services where they vet each freelancer. Only 1% of applicants earn pro status which helps set you apart from other freelancers on their website. If you have years of experience, it’s a great opportunity to help you stand out from the crowd.
Fancy Hands is a marketplace dedicated to U.S.-based virtual assistants. As a virtual assistant at Fancy Hands, you provide a variety of administrative tasks like data entry, making phone calls on behalf of clients, scheduling appointments and researching topics.
You get paid per task and can set your own hours. This is a great place to find virtual assistant jobs for beginners and get your foot in the door in this booming industry. To get started, setup an account HERE.
The Mom Project is a digital marketplace to connect women to the workforce. Founded by Allison Robinson in 2016, Allison believes women shouldn’t have to choose between family and a career. You can join The Mom Project as a professional or as a company. What’s great about The Mom Project is each company that offers a position is like-minded when it comes to balancing family and career.
There are no requirements for candidates to be a part of the Mom Project. Although most candidates have at least an undergraduate degree and 6-12 years of experience in the workforce. Job opportunities include remote work, in-office work and a combination of the two. The Mom Project also has a helpful blog with blog posts on topics like interviewing, networking and balancing career and parenthood.
ODesk is a job board for freelancers. As a business, you can post a job and its details, and ODesk users will then bid on the job. Companies can chat with you and then they make their selection for the position. It’s the perfect place to start if you’re just beginning your career in the virtual assistant space.
To begin your job search on ODesk, simply create a profile where you’ll list what skill sets you have. Once you’ve created a profile, you can start searching for jobs using ODesk’s search feature. You can filter by keyword, number of hours, location, budget and number of bids each job has.
Indeed is not new to the job search world. But because remote jobs are on the rise, Indeed now has a number of positions that are 100% remote. For your job search, just make sure you select all remote positions. Within your profile, be sure to include virtual assistant and other keyword phrases related to what you’re looking for.
Belay is a job placement company that specializes in hiring virtual assistants, bookkeepers, social media managers and website specialists. Each contractor goes through a vetting process, and typically needs a bachelor degree and some experience either with remote or in-office work.
Equivity is another job placement website specifically for virtual assistants. Equivity’s virtual and administrative assistants specialize in providing support to company administration, marketing and paralegal professions. Each candidate is required to have a bachelor’s degree and some work experience. It was named a top virtual assistant company by Good Hire.
Zirtual is a virtual assistant company that pairs you with one of their clients based on their needs and your skill sets. So you don’t have to worry about searching for clients yourself. Zirtual sets your rates for you. If you prefer to set your own rates, then this might not be for you. All Zirtual virtual assistants are required to have a college degree. Being referred by a current Zirtual client or virtual assistant is also a major plus to Zirtual.
Hire My Mom is what it says – they hire work-from-home moms to help support small businesses. Each business is vetted through the Hire My Mom team, so you know you’re applying to a quality business.
You pay a fee to get access to their job listings, but you don’t have to pay a percentage of your salary back to them like some other companies require. Though it’s money up front, it helps cut back on your competition when you apply to these specific jobs listed on the website.
Hire My Mom also offers plenty of resources to help build a standout application, build a profitable home business and other tools to help you find success as a working mom. Job seekers are in-charge of applying to positions, and communicating with potential employers.
People Per Hour is a network of freelancers that are hired either by hour or project. The potential freelancer first needs to fill out a People Per Hour application. Then it’s reviewed by a moderator. If and when it’s approved, you’ll then begin receiving a variety of projects from their international client list. You can make up to 15 bids per month for free and can apply for more credits if you need more.
The best way to get clients on this platform is to keep your profile up to date, and consistently add your work to your portfolio within your profile. With People Per Hour’s system, they can match you with clients based on their wants and needs for a project. You can also seek out clients yourself if that’s more your style.
Do you have a helpful resource to discover virtual assistant opportunities? Let me know in the comments below!