We’ve all had those days when you’re pretty sure the only person who thinks you’re awesome is your mom.
That feeling? It’s called Imposter Syndrome. And we find ourselves talking about it a lot with new VAs. Imposter syndrome is what psychologists have identified as the ‘persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud’.
If you’ve ever thought the following to yourself:
“I’m not good enough for this job.”
“Someone else could do this much better.”
“What if they find out I don’t know what I’m doing?”
— then you’re probably struggling with Imposter syndrome! (Confession: Remember when I said we’ve all had days like that? That’s right! Even us!)
But here’s the great news. As my good friend Daniel Tiger says, “When something seems hard to do / try it a little bit at a time.” (You encouraging little carnivorous critter, you!)
In that spirit, here are 10 virtual assistant jobs for beginners you can absolutely do if you’re starting out with no prior experience in working online.
10 Virtual Assistant Jobs for Beginners
1) Answer emails
Businesses of all sizes have email addresses. And guess what? That means someone has to answer all those emails! That someone can be you. Handling a client inbox could start as simply as organizing emails into relevant folders or get as complex as writing custom responses to emails in the voice of the brand.
2) Schedule (provided) social media or blog posts
If the thought of being all creative and sparkly on social media is intimidating, that’s okay! Some businesses might write all of their own content in bulk, but need someone to schedule out that content to go live in the subsequent days or weeks.
3) Get paid to Pinterest!
Especially for a business with a strong Pinterest strategy, it’s important for organic (or ‘real-time’) pins going to boards. Often businesses will hire a VA to pin for them, or even to answer messages.
4) Be an Instagram helper
Like above, if a business has a strong Instagram strategy there likely are lots of tasks to be done. Some businesses will hire a VA to organically like and comment on posts in order to grow or strengthen their following.
5) Data entry
This job might seem pretty humdrum, but you can be sure most ALL businesses deal with some element of data entry. If you can copy and paste into the right spot, you’re the woman for the job!
6) Inventory management
The MOST involved a VA could potentially be in this role is actually storing and shipping products from their home, but it’s not the norm. But there are lots of elements of inventory management, and at the basic level it just requires the ability to count and keep detailed records.
7) File organizing and cleanup
Just like your kitchen drawers can get overrun with random papers and items, digital office drawers can have the same. A business might need someone to click through a Google Drive or Dropbox and help wrangle all that information into folders.
8) Transcribing audio files
Transcribing is a pretty hot service right now, and the quicker you get at it the more money you can make. With the growth of audio and video media, businesses still have need to get that content into written form for various reasons. Transcribing means just listening to an audio or video recording, and writing out what you hear.
9) Updating blog and shop images
Sometimes a blog or online shop might need to switch out old images with new ones, or fill new content with pictures. The steps of uploading to something like WordPress or Shopify might be new to you, but once you get the hang of it the work goes quickly.
Of course, only pursue proofreading jobs if you’ve got an eye for grammar or syntax – but often you can find jobs which involve proofing new or old content and making corrections.
There you have it! Keep an eye out on popular blogs and business Facebook groups for openings that fit these descriptions. (Or, if you really are feeling fine, go the extra mile and pitch some of these services to businesses!)
Once you get started you’ll not only build confidence, but also new skills to expand your resume. You’ve got this! Which of these jobs do you think you’ll try first?