Virtual assistants support businesses, teams, or individuals by performing administrative tasks remotely. As businesses these days tend to outsource their tasks, the demand for virtual assistants is growing rapidly.
Becoming a virtual assistant is flexible as you can choose a work schedule and location at your convenience. Many virtual assistants have a dedicated home office where they work in a quiet and distraction-free environment.
To become a virtual assistant, identify a niche you like and undertake any training. Figure how much to charge your customers and create an online presence where you can apply for jobs. As a virtual assistant, you can define your work schedule depending on your availability.
Here are some real life success stories of starting a virtual assistant:
1. FVA Business Consultancy ($12K/year)
Julmar Grace Locsin (from Davao City, Davao del Sur, Philippines) started FVA Business Consultancy ago.
Hi, I am Julmar Grace Locsin, and I am the owner and co-founder of Filipino Virtual Assistance by FVA Business Consultancy. FVA offers online and offline training, coaching, consulting, workshops, services, franchising-related virtual assistance, offshoring, outsourcing, and remote work for brands and businesses, here and abroad.
Our very mission is to equip freelancers, empower marketers, and enable businesses. We envision FVA for global digital leadership that will impact the world through digitalization, one life at a time. FVA has three arms, namely FVA Online Academy- have trained 25,000 students from our 31 courses, FVA Services- from training to hiring programs, and FVA Franchising with 16 Coaches assigned from different territories. And we are fifteen in the FVA team, including FVA co-founder Jay Locsin and me.
2. Virtudesk ($6M/year)
Pavel Stepanov (from Kirkland, WA, USA) started Virtudesk over 6 years ago.
I am Pavel Stepanov, the Founder, and CEO of Virtudesk, and we help entrepreneurs scale and automate their businesses through virtual assistants and technology. We offer highly-trained virtual assistants based in the Philippines, specializing in services such as real estate prospecting, marketing, administrative work, customer service, and transaction coordination.
I started Virtudesk in 2016 and now we are making a little over $500,000 a month. Surprisingly, 2020 was a good year for us where we experienced greater growth than in previous years due to the nature of our service. Before 2020, we averaged 20-30 sign-ups a month, but in 2020 we averaged 50 signs ups. Now, we average around 60-70 sign-ups a month and want to achieve 100+ monthly signups by the end of the year.
3. Outsourcing Angel ($1.44M/year)
Linh Podetti (from Sydney NSW, Australia) started Outsourcing Angel ago.
I’m Linh Podetti, a Vietnamese Social Entrepreneur living in Sydney, Australia. I’m the Founder of Virtual Assistant Agency Outsourcing Angel, Co-founder of Dawn Media Productions - but most importantly, a proud mother to three kids!
4. Horkey HandBook ($588K/year)
Gina Horkey (from Wyoming, MN, USA) started Horkey HandBook over 8 years ago.
Hi, I’m Gina [waving]. I started a Virtual Assistant business on the side of my full-time job (in personal finance), in the spring of 2014 to “test the waters” for a potential career change.
And, my most recent “win” has been being tapped to teach a course on becoming a Virtual Assistant in an accredited university program – something I’d never dreamed would be possible back in the day!
5. Kopf Consulting ($36K/year)
LaKenya Kopf (from Andover, MA, USA) started Kopf Consulting over 15 years ago.
Hey everyone! My name is LaKenya Kopf and I'm the founder of Kopf Consulting Virtual Assistance. Manifested from frustration and insane pricing structures, Kopf Consulting has provided affordable and professional virtual technical support to all levels of entrepreneurship for over 14 years.
What started as a favor to a friend has flourished into a full-time, six-figure, tech-support company with dedicated clients, international recognition, and a constant waitlist that continuously births innovative ways for Kopf Consulting to work with clients without being overloaded or sacrificing the quality of service.
6. Aim2Assist LLC ($792K/year)
Mary Marsh (from Daphne) started Aim2Assist LLC almost 8 years ago.
Hey there! Mary Marsh here, Founder and CEO of Aim2Assist. We’re a virtual assistant services company, launched in 2014 and 100% bootstrapped. My lifelong dream was to create a company at which folks could work from home - or from anywhere - providing them with the flexibility they need or simply desire. Equally important, I wanted to offer clients superb service, one which stands out from all the rest.
Aim2Assist has grown more than 75% since its inception. Our monthly revenue is currently 66K, with an Executive Team consisting of CEO & Founder, CFO, and CoS. Our virtual executive assistants currently total 15 and are independent contractors.
7. Virtual Latinos ($4.2M/year)
Jaime Nacach (from San Diego, California, EE. UU.) started Virtual Latinos over 4 years ago.
Hello, my name is Jaime Nacach, I was born in Mexico and currently live in the beautiful city of San Diego, California. I’m a marketing strategist with a huge passion for technology. Four years ago, I decided to create a new company named Virtual Latinos. I wanted it to be a company that offered services that were beneficial to everyone involved. We call it a Win-Win-Win situation.
8. BrainSpace Optimized ($240K/year)
Hailey Thomas talks about becoming a Project Management Virtual Assistant. Learn if this is a good career choice for you.
Hailey Thomas (from Normal, Illinois) started BrainSpace Optimized over 5 years ago.
- Hailey Thomas holds a Bachelor's degree in organizational & leadership communication from Illinois State University.
- In 2015, she left her corporate desk job of four years and started hustling to do something of her own. She failed and learned a lot in the process.
- In 2017, she started working independently as a project manager virtual assistant.
- Later she decided to launch her own company named Brainspace Optimized where she works as a business and life coach.
- Hailey offers business strategy and mindset coaching to first-generation entrepreneurs to help them build the strategic skills and gain the emotional maturity required to build a successful entity.
- Her ongoing business and mindset coaching program is called "One Year From Now". Through this program, clients witness the significant change her mentorship has brought in one year.
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