Virtual assistants are responsible for providing remote assistance to small businesses and self-employed professionals. They could be organising meetings, travel arrangements, dealing with customers on clients’ behalf and carrying out clerical duties. As a virtual assistant you would decide what you would offer.
You could be:
organising your client’s day-to-day schedule including meetings
co-ordinating travel itineraries including booking flights and accommodation
answering phone calls and emails, prioritising responses
using software to prepare reports and presentations
running personal errands depending on your client
managing social media accounts
updating website content and proofreading
carrying out marketing activities
managing finances and bookkeeping.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Salaries for virtual assistant vary greatly and depends on what work you do for your clients, but you can generally charge £30 to £40 an hour.
You would usually work for a small business or self-employed professional in any industry.
You would normally be home based, but the benefit of this job is you can work from anywhere, as long as you have a good internet connection.
Hours would usually be flexible. You can work the hours that suit you.
You do not always need formal qualifications, but good IT skills and knowledge of computer software packages would be necessary.
You could take a full time course at college in an administration, business or marketing subject. Relevant courses include an NC or NQ (SCQF Levels 4-6), HNC (SCQF Level 7) or HND (SCQF Level 8)
There are often no formal entry requirements for an NQ or NC but some colleges may ask for 3-4 subjects at National 4 or 5.
Entry requirements for an HNC or HND are 1-2 Highers plus some subjects at National 4 or 5.
You could enter through the Business Skills Foundation Apprenticeship (FA), which you can start in S5 and study at school and college. Entry requirements vary between colleges, but you usually need 3 subjects at National 5 including English and Maths.