Fancy Hands Review: Get Paid To Be A Virtual Assistant or Scam?

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If you're anything like me, you probably feel there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. I use to say I wish I could clone myself. Fortunately for my wife that isn't a possibility. But I did learn of the power of a virtual assistant and have been using them ever since for my business. Chances are you are probably wondering whether you can earn money as a virtual assistant and it's why you are going through Fancy Hands reviews online. Well if you want to know the good the bad and the ugly, you're in the right place. So, without further ado, let's get cracking!

What Is Fancy Hands?

Fancy Hands found at is virtual assistance service that hires people to complete simple web-based tasks for other people online. Fancy Hands founder Ted Roden started Fancy Hands Inc. in 2010 in New York City.

How Does Fancy Hands Work?

Basically when people want to get things done such as making telephone calls , booking flights, etc. but have no time to do it, they pay virtual assistants via a site like Fancy Hands.

As an assistant at Fancy Hands you get paid to complete these tasks on behalf of clients and report back to Fancy Hands that the job is done. Once the client says that the job was done to their satisfaction, you get paid.

Fancy Hands Jobs

You are probably wondering what kinds of jobs you'll be signing up for at Fancy Hands. Basically it's anything that can be done online, or over the phone without having to commute. These include the following:

  • Calling hotels to make reservations
  • Booking flights online
  • Renting a car service over the phone
  • Managing a social media page
  • Online research work
  • Data entry
  • Shopping online

By now I think you have an idea as to what it means to work at Fancy Hands. You can also look for jobs like these at

Did you know there are other ways you can earn money online as well? You can join sites like, or and earn money doing various online activities which you already do for unpaid.

How Do I Become An Assistant At Fancy Hands?

All you have to do is sign up as an assistant with your Google account. It has to be Google, and specifically Gmail. They will then take you through an application process.

You will be tested on using search engines like Google, your grammar skills, verbal communication skills and ability to complete a sample task. Once you are done they'll get back to you in 1-7 days if you passed the test.

How Much Do Fancy Hands Assistants Make?

You can make anywhere between $3 and $7 per task. Each task takes up to 20 minutes to complete. It appears how much you earn largely depends on how long you'll be able to complete a certain task, and the number of tasks available.

There's no limit to how many tasks you can take. Fancy Hands assistants around the web claim to be earning $12 an hour on a good day. If this doesn't sound like enough money for you, maybe you are better off checking out My Top Work At Home Recommendation where you can earn far more money in time.

How Does Fancy Hands Pay You?

Fancy Hands used to pay either via PayPal or Dwolla, but now it seems they pay exclusively via Dwolla, every other Tuesday.

What We Like About Fancy Hands

It's flexible work

It appears people love the fact that you can choose where and when to work.

Fancy Hands Complaints

At this point everything sounds sweet with Fancy Hands. However, before you think of becoming a VA for them, you might want to know some complaints and red flags that we found on the web. They may or may not be a deal breaker for you. But we thought you may want to know regardless so you can decide for yourself.

The pay is not that great

$3 per task sounds reasonable assuming they're fast. But the problem is that some tasks may take you hours to complete, especially tasks that involve calling the customer service department of a busy firm. You could end up on hold for hours just to earn $3.

So obviously some of these tasks are probably not worth that kind of money. So you may want to consider other options or just want additional sources of income. If that's the case, you may want check out, or They can help you earn some extra cash.

But check out My Top Work At Home Recommendation if you prefer to earn a full time or part time income.

Average BBB Rating

For those of you who wouldn't dare touch a company without knowing their Better Business Bureau, Fancy Hands BBB rating is a C at the time of this review. The highest rating is an A+ so they're average according to the BBB.

No PayPal Payments

PayPal is popular option for getting paid with many work at home opportunities. For some reason Fancy Hands only pays using Dwolla now. I never even heard of this company nor do I know how to pronounce their damn name.

It's only for US-based assistants

Well this sucks for my international brothers and sisters. At the time of this review you'll have to be a resident of the United States to work at Fancy Hands.

You might even not get paid at all

Some clients fail to approve your work for their own personal reasons which may or may not be justified. We came across complaints from actual people who never got a dime after completing a task. So your potential income is based on the subjective opinion of the client.

Is Fancy Hands A Scam?

Fancy Hands is not a scam. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Fancy Hands is that you can choose when you want to work. With good communication skills, a computer and a phone you can start working from home. However, the pay is not that great for some of the jobs.

People tend to post jobs that they can't do themselves so you might want to hold off on just taking just any other job that comes by.

Aside from that, it may still be worth if you're just looking to make a little money on the side. However Fancy Hands isn't the only player in town. There are other more traditional Virtual Assistant or clerical jobs at home that can be found at as well.

However if working online as a virtual assistant has become less appealing, you can also earn extra cash by doing the online activities you do now unpaid at sites like, or

Ultimately if you want to make money on your own terms and be paid whatever you want, you should probably check out My Top Work At Home Recommendation.

Well, that's about it from me. Do you have your own experience you'd like us to know about? We'd love to read about it in the comments section below!

Until next time

Eddy ”with a Y”

13 thoughts on “Fancy Hands Review: Get Paid To Be A Virtual Assistant or Scam?”

  1. I was about to head of to Fancy Hands but thankfully, I’ve read your article to the end. $3 for hours of task is definitely not worth it. And to stop supporting Paypal is pretty inconvenient for me. I guess I’m going to stuck to what works for me right now : Upwork and my own online business.

    • I’m happy  I could shed some light on it. The pay isn’t the best and definitely doesn’t work for everyone. So you have to do whatever is best for you and your situation. I’ve actually reviewed Upwork as well.

    • That’s incorrect about working on a task for “hours” and only getting paid $3. That’s absolutely FALSE.

      If an associate is working on a task for a client and it’s nearing the 20 Minute mark, the associate is to advise the client of their results, and to let the client know that the task will be longer than 20 minutes, and they have the option of purchasing more credit to continue (in allotments of 20 min).

      So, if the task is paying $3 and it takes an associate an hour to complete, (with the understanding the client has approved) the associate has earned $9 for the hour, not $3.

      Please check your facts, before you stop people from earning.

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  3. That’s so cool, I had no idea that this service even existed. That is the way the world is now. This sounds like a great program. I have always wondered what some of these other programs pay, like taking surveys. I am going to look further into this. I know you mentioned the tasks take about 20 minutes, I am assuming most tasks can be completed with in 10 minutes where they can make $12 an hour. Am I assuming right?

    • As I mentioned in the review, the time it takes to do the task will vary. Some people have complained it will take hours. So I don’t know if the $12 per hour is an accurate average. So no I wouldn’t assume anything.

  4. Wow.

    I had no idea about Fancy Hands, or even that there was a way to make money online by doing secretarial or assistant tasks. This is really cool. Really stupid that they don’t use Paypal though, that makes me a little skeptical to use them. Dwolla is no-name, and I’ve never heard of it.

    I also took the time to read your top suggestion on how to make money from home! It’s fantastic!

  5. Eddy,

    Thank you so much for sharing your personal experience on Fancy Hands. I am new to this internet money making frenzy and it’s nice to read an article that is really descriptive and offers a lot of content. Thank you for your articles, Eddy, they are truly informative. Do you get jobs often on Fancy Hands?

    • You’re welcome Ryan. No I focus on running my own business not jobs at sites like this. I prefer to control how much I make and my time.  So opportunities like this aren’t for me.  

  6. Hi Eddy,

    Thanks for the detailed review on Fancy Hands. A friend recommended that program a few days ago. I was not sure if I wanted a virtual assistant job but now it does sound so appealing.

    I will check your linked program for something with better rewards. Which one do you recommend?

    • You’re very welcome. The ones I recommend are right in the article above. So check them all.  

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