Working as a virtual assistant was your dream.
You wanted to work from home, doing the type of work you like, getting paid what you’re worth.
You did all the right things…
You put out your shingle (or website or business card or social media profile), telling the world you were open for business.
Or you have a client who only uses your services for a few hours per month, not enough to pay the light bill.
You’re frustrated and ready to throw in the towel. Because this whole virtual assistant/work from home thing doesn’t seem to be working for you.
You’ve tried everything and you’re still coming up empty.
You need a client. Not just ANY client, but THE client: the one who will not only not bat an eye at your rate but will respect you and treat you like a member of their team.
You need to prove to your friends and family that yes, working from home is a real thing. You CAN earn a decent income as a virtual assistant.
If you’re looking for your first client or are you looking to add more clients to your business? Here are my top 12 sites to find virtual assistant clients.
Before you launch into these sites, I highly recommend reading my post about how to put your best foot forward in your proposal.
Here we go!
#1 - LinkedIn Jobs
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, get one - stat! Many business owners use LinkedIn to network and to find candidates for open positions. Your profile is the key to getting noticed on LinkedIn so you want to get it right. Try an assortment of searches to find what you’re looking for: “virtual assistant,” “executive assistant,” “bookkeeping,” etc. and type “remote” in the “Near” field.
Need help on creating an awesome LinkedIn profile? This video will help.
#2. Angel List
Does the idea of working for a startup company get you all excited? Then you’ll want to check out Angel List. Set up an account and do a search for “remote” jobs.
#3. We Work Remotely
This site is a good option if you’re looking for copywriting or customer service type roles. It’s updated fairly often so make sure to bookmark it.
One of my favorite sites to find virtual assistant clients and pretty much any type of remote niche. However, be mindful for scammers. Do your due diligence and stay away from postings asking you to send your contact information to a Gmail, Outlook, Live, etc. email address.
Virtual Vocations lists telecommuting jobs in over 50 categories (!). Although it’s a paid service, it’s definitely worth taking a look if you’re on the hunt for a new gig.
Upwork came about when the former oDesk and Elance sites merged. You’ll need to create a profile and you’ll have to be approved before you start working. While the hourly rates have gotten a bit better than it was back in the day, you’ll still find yourself competing with offshore freelancers offering much lower rates.
No, you don’t only work for $5 (unless you want to). You can get up and running very quickly on Fiverr and make some pretty decent money if your niche is in demand.
#8. Profit Factory
If you’re looking for a high-quality virtual assistant gig, then look no further than Profit Factory. I can’t stress this one enough: follow all of the directions in the job listing! You’ll definitely want to be on your A-game when applying for one of these positions. But it’ll be worth it!
#9. Facebook groups
You’re probably spending loads of time on Facebook, right? Then use it to find a client. Some of my favorites for virtual assistants are:
Also check out my My VA Bundle - includes a contract to use with clients, a checklist of things you should ask a potential client when you speak to them initially and 12 other helpful resources, including a list of over 100 Facebook groups to find clients.
Virtual assistant leads sent straight to your inbox sound good? Then you’ll want to get a membership with IVAA. You’ll get an email whenever an RFP is posted. That’s a whole lot better than getting out there and hustling, isn’t it?
#11. VA Networking Forum
VA Networking is a good site to introduce yourself and possibly pick up a subcontracting gig. There’s a job board for paid members and you can receive notifications whenever an new opportunity is posted.
And last but not least...
#12. Worldwide 101
That’s it, friend! I hope this helps because I know how frustrating it is to not be doing what you love. Good luck and let me know how you make out.
Until next time,