50 Services to Offer as a Virtual Assistant

Do you know what services you can offer as a virtual assistant?

Just the other day I got offered a gig to be a ghostwriter for a big-name blogger (eek!). Not only will my writing be published in front of some major audiences (I’m talking 10,000+ views a DAY), this opportunity was given to me by one of the bloggers I had been following since I started in the online business space.

Day. Made.

Seriously, who can say that they can travel the world, have the freedom to spend with their family, all while doing exciting work for people you’ve dreamed of working for?

It’s why I get so stinkin’ frustrated when I see people stuck in dead-end jobs that eat them up inside each day. Why spend your life at a job that you hate? If you have a special talent or skill, why not offer it as a service? Why not spend time doing something that you actually LOVE for a living?

*Rant over*

When I was first starting out as a Virtual Assistant, all the information online seemed like a cluster bomb to dig through and figure out what I should be focusing on.

That’s why I created this blog – it’s my goal to help aspiring and start-up Virtual Assistants get their business up and running with ease. I want you to be able to turn your talents into a money-making, at-home business.

If you’re just starting out, you might be wondering…

WHAT IS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?

A Virtual Assistant (VA) is NOT just an “online secretary”. YOU have a skill to offer (or at least a skill you can learn!). A VA business is simply your way of showcasing your skills online. It’s your job as a VA is to take off some of the big (or small) tasks of other entrepreneurs/businesses.

Virtual Assistant is a broad term that can cover a myriad of tasks. That’s where the confusion usually lies. Of course, you can’t learn EVERYTHING. If you try to be a jack of all trades, you’ll end up being a master of none.

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As you begin to decide on the tasks that you WILL want to offer – you may change your title from VA to something more specific to what you do.

As you specialize your services, you may choose to call yourself:

A Social Media Manager
A Pinterest Expert
A Sales Funnel Strategist
A Business Consultant
A WordPress Wizard
A Copywriter
A Facebook Ad Manager
A Launch Strategist
A Webinar Rockstar
A Landing Page Liason
A Unicorn Strategist (seriously – it doesn’t really matter what you call yourself – as long as you have a SERVICE to offer and you know WHO to offer it to!)

In general, the term “Virtual Assistant” is what people end up asking for and searching for, even if they really want a specialist in a particular area. It’s the term that they understand. So, even if you choose to change your name to a more “specialist” term – don’t forget to respond to and search for clients looking for a “VA”.

If you are clear about what you DO and the clients that you SERVE – it doesn’t really matter what you call yourself!

Let’s talk about what you can DO as a Virtual Assistant (aka – the services you can provide).

HOW DO I CHOOSE WHAT SERVICES I SHOULD OFFER?

Below, you will find a comprehensive list of services that you can offer as a Virtual Assistant. How you choose which services to focus on is entirely up to you.

I recommend going through this little activity to help you choose:

  1. Go through the entire list and decide which services you know the best. Rate your current skill level from 1-5. One being “I am not proficient in this service at all”. Five being “I am a rockstar at this service.”
  2.  Go through the list a second time and decide which services you are interested in (whether you know how to do them or not). Rate your interest level from 1-5. One being “I am not interested in learning this at all”. Five being “I am really interested in this topic” or “I already do this and LOVE it”
  3. Now – go through and rate each service, based off of the factors above.
  4. Pull out your top 5 – 10 services. What do you think of them? Do they get you excited? Do they “flow together” in a way that could make great packages?

Example #1: 

Any ONE of these services could be made into a business. You could become the expert at that ONE THING and be the “go-to” person for that skill.

Kathryn Moorehouse is the Pinterest QUEEN. I can say this because she helped me grow the blog traffic on this site exponentially.  She took one specific skill, became an expert at it, and now features that as her main and ONLY service.

 

Example #2

You can combine TWO – TEN services, all that have a common feature and create packages around those. This will define a niche for you.

Chantal from Confident Collaborations is a Virtual Assistant with a few very powerful skills – so these are the services she lists on her website. She is able to offer very specific skills and packages to her clients.

 

Example #3

You can combine TEN OR MORE of these services and list them as a List of Services on your website, and offer general VA work with these skills as your showcased features.

Studio Eighteen Virtual Assistance helps entrepreneurs with a myriad of tasks, all listed on their website. As a generalist, when asked the question, “Can you do ____” the answer can almost always be, “Yes, I can!”.

 

 

Example #4

Lastly, you can combine any of these methods (by being a generalist or a specialist) and choose to offer them to a specific niche (online creatives, real estate agents, health and fitness gurus, photographers, etc.).

Your Ampersand is a niche-specific VA business, exclusively for photographers. Shaina (the owner) took her interests (photography) and made specific packages that will appeal to those in the photography industry.

 

WHAT SERVICES CAN I OFFER AS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?

I’m glad you asked!

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There are 1000’s of services that could be made into an online business. Whether you choose two or twenty of these services, all present a unique opportunity to build a VA / Freelancing business around.

Let’s take a look at 50 services you can offer as a Virtual Assistant:

If you want full access to all 101 Services You can offer as a Virtual Assistant, click here.

  1. NEWSLETTER DESIGN
  2. NEWSLETTER CONTENT CREATION
  3. EMAIL AUTOMATION
  4. MAILCHIMP ASSISTANCE / MAINTENANCE
  5. CONVERTKIT ASSISTANCE / MAINTENANCE
  6. AWEBER ASSISTANCE / MAINTENANCE
  7. INFUSIONSOFT ASSISTANCE / MAINTENANCE
  8. ONTRAPORT ASSISTANCE / MAINTENANCE
  9. SOCIAL MEDIA AD SET-UP / MANAGEMENT
  10. CONTENT CREATION SERVICES
  11. TECHNICAL WRITING AND HOW TO POSTS
  12. LANDING PAGE CREATION
  13. WORDPRESS UPDATES
  14. WEB DESIGN
  15. SHOPIFY ASSISTANCE
  16. SEO SERVICES
  17. CONTENT CREATION FOR ONLINE COURSES
  18. WEBINAR SETUP
  19. LIVE WEBINAR ASSISTANCE
  20. EDITING
  21. RESUME WRITING
  22. PROOFREADING
  23. TRANSCRIPTION
  24. DATA ENTRY
  25. TELEMARKETING / LEAD GENERATION
  26. INTERNET RESEARCH
  27. CUSTOMER SERVICE
  28. BLOG MANAGEMENT
  29. RESPONDING TO BLOG COMMENTS
  30. BLOG TRAFFIC REPORTING
  31. MAINTAINING EDITORIAL CALENDAR
  32. GHOSTWRITING
  33. SOCIAL MEDIA GRAPHIC DESIGN
  34. VIDEO EDITING
  35. POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
  36. EBOOK CONTENT AND DESIGN
  37. CREATING INFOGRAPHICS
  38. LOGO DESIGN / GRAPHIC DESIGN
  39. PAYMENTS AND INVOICING
  40. ACCOUNTING / BOOKKEEPING SERVICES
  41. EMAIL REMINDERS
  42. CALENDAR MANAGEMENT
  43. CREATING / MANAGING DATABASES & CRM’S
  44. SCHEDULING SOCIAL MEDIA
  45. SETTING UP AFFILIATE PROGRAMS & AFFILIATE MANAGEMENT
  46. RUNNING/ MANAGING CONTESTS AND GIVEAWAYS
  47. BRANDING SERVICES
  48. PRESS RELEASES
  49. PR MANAGEMENT
  50. TRAVEL RESEARCH & BOOKING

What skills do you offer as a virtual assistant? Do you consider yourself a specialist or a generalist?

Remember, there is no wrong answer here. If marketed correctly, any singular skill or a combination of skills can be made into a profitable online business. It’s all about deciding on what YOU enjoy doing and having a PLAN IN PLACE to get clients!

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thoughts?

What skills do you offer as a virtual assistant? Do you consider yourself a specialist or a generalist?

51 responses to “50 Services to Offer as a Virtual Assistant”

  1. I am certainly a techie VA who now also specialises in Pinterest account management (I took a Pinterest VA course). I offer email list creation and management, web design and management, content editing and proofreading and of course Pinterest management. I love all of these processes and I love improving entrepreneur’s and blogger’s online presence with my skills and experience. I am always learning, in fact I think I spend the majority of my time reading blog posts like this one to learn more every day!

    • Abbey Ashley says:

      This is why being a VA is so amazing! You can choose what you want to provide. Love it!

      • Kimberly Tierney says:

        I am just now starting to learn how to be a VA. My passion is creative design. I would love to be able to use my creative talent somehow. I know there has to be a place for me to do that. Now that I’ve taken the first step into the unknown haha… I’ll be able to learn enough and have confidence in myself to do this!

  2. I’m just beginning to look into becoming a Virtual Assistant but I would be a specialist. I would do more content creation of various kinds, editing/proofreading, transcription, data entry, research, etc. My specialties lie in writing and creating content. If it weren’t for realizing that some VA’s do that sort of thing, I wouldn’t have even started looking into it. However, I feel this would be a great way to do the parts of blogging and business that I really enjoy, or to expand on them.

  3. Kerry says:

    This is a very helpful read. I’m currently helping someone who is starting a VA company, and your rating system for skills and services is a brilliant idea. I’ll definitely be recommending it. Thank you.

  4. Cheryl says:

    I have been blogging about simple living and minimalism for more than 5 years and that has set the tone for my VA work, which is mainly in the green lifestyle and eco-friendly niche – anything from content creation to copywriting, voice overs to social media marketing. I am fairly new the trade, but loving it so far!

  5. Kristen says:

    The free download is such a great list! On my own I thought of only 2 or 3 services but with your resource I’ve made a list of at least 10 services! Thank you!

  6. Saskia says:

    Hey Abbey,
    Thanks for a great article. Very informative. Also love the download you offer with the guideline of getting started.
    I have been a project manager for over 30 years in the creative industries and have managed to transfer my skills into the virtual arena. I only started this year but have been securing jobs from various job boards already.
    Besides having a web page or site to promote yourself I think making sure your profile on any given job board is up to date and 100% completed is a deal breaker!

  7. virtualmamg says:

    Nice information. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Ugochukwu Anurika says:

    Thanks for this Abbey! It was very informative.I just realised there are some skills I could offer that I didn’t think about before.Your post just pointed them out to me!
    Am excited for my success already because I know I am going to conquer.Am new to being a VA you know.

  9. This is brillant and endorses the fact that I love building and managing their CRM’s for them – I love insightly and so recommend these to all my clients. So thanks for all the ideas as it has given em something else to think about and add to my marketing plan!

  10. Fizza Naseem says:

    Well, I just realized that I can give 5 stars to myself for 5 of these services covering content creation, blog management, Social Media graphics, Scheduling Social Media, Ghostwriting, Content Creation for online courses. WHOAA! I never knew it! 😀 Thanks, Abbey, you’re awesome!

  11. Jessica says:

    Hi Abby! Thank you for this amazing and informative post! I am actually a legal assistant for a criminal defense firm but am thinking of branching out into VA. I have no idea how to start or if there even is a niche for the legal field. Any suggestions?

  12. Sha Suth says:

    I am just starting out and a dear friend directed me to this wonderful resource base. It’s a little overwhelming how much information there is and so much I need to learn. This list has set me on the right mental path. Thanks a mil @Abbey Ashley. Only thing is I didn’t get the download with the full list after putting my email. Can you direct me to where else I may source it please? Many thanks and keep up the great work.

    • Abbey Ashley says:

      Hi there! Thanks for the kind words! It can seem overwhelming when you’re first getting started, but soon, you’ll be on your way. All of our resources are designed to help you start your VA business in a way that’s sustainable and fun. In any case, I’m sorry that you didn’t receive the download. I will go ahead and send it over to you now so that you have it. 🙂

  13. Very informative article. Thanks for the insight.

  14. Abigail says:

    Hi Abbey

    Thank you for all the info, you are so nice …

  15. Amy says:

    Hi, Abbey! Great post and freebies! I have been working for a CEO of a small startup as, what I think would be considered, a Generalist VA. I manage her Private Facebook Community and Support Email box, create training and business content, marketing content, write recipes (it is a healthy cooking business), create graphics, write blog content, answer chats, schedule Facebook posts and share to her public page, as well as many other things. I have been doing this for about 3 years. I love working with her, she is my ideal client and I am ready to find some clones of her but not sure how to make that clear on my website. Saying “women small business owners” seems too broad. I will definitely review and rate my skills to see if I can refine my offerings a bit but would love to know your thoughts on how specific you should be in regards to your ideal client.

  16. williamliam says:

    This post very useful and very informative news was sharing to my futures.

  17. Loretta says:

    This is a great list and the examples are pretty awesome. I started out years ago as a general VA, but found my niche in transcription work and transitioned to make that the only service I offer.

  18. I find myself unable to leave your blog! I can’t stop reading it! I must say you have a very unique voice in writing, which I personally appreciate.

  19. Lyna says:

    I just so happened to run across your blog on Facebook, while playing games. I’ve just downloaded your VA info and can’t wait to read it. I believe you’ve really got an Awesome thing going here. Thank you

  20. Frances Bercaw says:

    I want to get started it am hesitant due to health problem. I do not understand blogging. I am in my late 60s but really would love doing things like data entry and transcription. I am a paralegal specializing in probate and trust. I don’t know if that is something usable or not. Thank you for your knowledge and guidance.

    • Abbey Ashley says:

      Data entry and transcription are definitely services that are virtually needed. If you are familiar with online systems this would be a great path to consider. If you are unfamiliar with the online space and systems, you may want to look into providing these services to local offices in a remote capacity.

  21. Thank you for sharing such an informative post. Virtual assistants perform many tasks like web design, web development, admin assistant, personal assistant services, document sharing, appointment scheduling service, social media assistant, content marketing services and many more.

  22. Janet Hohn says:

    OMG… I’m turning 6.0 (60) soon and I’m so excited to start semi-retirement with all the skills and experiences I’ve acquired in advertising and marketing.
    I plan to be a generalist (Marketing, Social Media, Design + Content) and want to add my app design skills for small businesses to my portfolio.

  23. Maia says:

    This is a very interesting post. I keep hearing that you cannot be a general VA and must have a niche in something and also only have clients from one particular business sector. Not doing this will result in little to no clients. I am definitely a general VA. It has been a challenge to narrow my client target market as I have had one client so far. With that being said, I am not sure, I would accept another client in that particular field. Thanks so much as this has enlightened me and also given me hope to hang in there!

    • Abbey Ashley says:

      You can absolutely be a general VA. In fact, this is what I recommend to new VAs who may not know exactly what they want to niche down to. I want you to get out there, provide services, and figure out what you LOVE doing before you niche down.

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  25. Very interesting and informative post. I can say that I have learned a lot from this post and appreciate that you took the time to write it. Awesome, keep it up.

  26. Tammy says:

    Hi Abbey! I came across your site while watching your YouTube video “Become a Freelance Virtual Assistant” and became hooked! I have been a CSR for a furniture manufacturer for 15 yrs then changed to office secretary. I’m so burnt out with going to a 9-5 each day and I quit my job just 3 days ago. I start tomorrow doing some admin work, personal shopping, large event meal prep & cleaning for a non-profit Well Being Retreat center and I love working in the Wellness industry. I have skills like: data entry, emails, Google research, writing, cooking (recipe creating), booking travel for us. I am a Facebook user & am learning how to use Instagram & Pinterest. I want to become a VA also to add to my very small income. How can I use these skills to quickly launch a personal VA business to get that added income coming in?
    p.s. my passion is Travel but have only personal travel & booking experience but would like to learn more! By the way, I think your videos are awesome!

    • Abbey Ashley says:

      Hey Tammy! You use the skills YOU have RIGHT NOW and you can get started! Make sure to check out the FREE training on my website about marketing your services and how to Become a Booked Out Virtual Assistant.

  27. Shanite says:

    Hi Abbey,

    Glad I came across your site. For 15 years, I worked as an Administrative assistant. What are some services I can offer? I thought about on-boarding new hires, I-9 verification, and calendar management. Do you have a list of other administrative services I can offer? I also enjoy helping people come up with ideas when wanting to start a business. I always find it exciting of when I can think of what is needed. I think of more like the customer and what I would want when someone is offering a new business. I am a little confused and not sure of how I can add that to having a VA business. I think it’s more of a business consultant than a VA. How can I implement both into a business?

    • Abbey Ashley says:

      With your experience, you could do very well as a VA! The best part of being a VA is that you can create the business that YOU want with the services you want to offer. Think of the experiences that you could offer RIGHT NOW and start there.

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