How To Earn $39,452 Per Year As A Virtual Assistant Working At Home!

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Virtual Assistant Work At Home Opportunity

A few months ago I wrote an article about how I made money working at home as a typist for medical students. Many of you were very inspired by this story and flooded me with a lot of questions on how you could get started as well. I did my best to answer these questions but I still had a nagging feeling I could do more for my loyal subscribers.

I grappled with this for a few months and as fate would have it, I received an email from a fellow work at home professional that wanted to share her success story with me. Initially I was a bit skeptical. I can't tell you how many times people are trying to pitch their so called opportunities to me. But most of the time they fall short of my standards. But Lisa Taliga was different. She really wanted to provide real insight and information. Any one that's been a long time subscriber or visitor to my blog knows that's what I'm all about.

In any event, Lisa happens to be a VA or Virtual Assistant. (You'll learn more about what that is in the interview listed below.) We exchanged some emails back and forth and it dawned on me that my typing work at home job was basically a Virtual Assistant opportunity. I was just too stupid to figure out the proper terminology at the time. In any event, I learned that Lisa was still a VA and a very successful one at that. This rang a bell in my mind.

I thought why not interview Lisa and pick her brain to give you guys some insight on how you can make money at home providing typing, word processing or other services to various companies. Unlike me, Lisa had a lot more experience in the field and is still living comfortably doing it, I might add. She's been so successful that she's helped other people become Virtual Assistants like her. So read the interview below. I think it should provide you with some further insight.

Before you do I would like to say this. A lot of my success has been a direct result of me learning from the best.
Too often we take advice from people who aren't successful in what they're giving their advice on. I always joke with my wife, that women shouldn't get advice about men from other women. It's dumb. If you want to learn about men ask a man.

As a young buck, I was really in tune with women because 90% of my friends were women. My few dude friends either hated on me for this because they didn't think it was cool for a dude to be just friends with girls. And then I had my other set of guy friends that thought I was "The Man!". Regardless of their point of view, I totally benefited from hanging out with women because I learned to understand them better than my male counterparts. This lead to me dating a lot of women that should have been out of my league considering my awkward and severely skinny exterior. lol

The same can be said with work at home. You don't want to take advice from bitter non-successful work at home seekers. You need to get advice from people that are successful and I think when you read the interview with Lisa Taliga you'll see what I mean. So sit back and get comfortable.

1. What did you do before working at home?

Lisa: I worked as a 9 to 5 Personal Assistant/Secretary for over 10 years, mainly in the banking and finance field.

2. What finally pushed you to work at home? Bad boss, tired of the commute, weren't making enough, wanted to spend more time with your children or all of the above?

Lisa: A number of factors finally pushed me to work at home. I was commuting for a total of 2 hours a day to work, and sometimes couldn't get a seat on the train, which made it worse! It wasn't so much that I had a bad boss, it's that I don't get on well with taking orders and having to do what others tell me all the time!

I also felt that I wasn't making the most of the skills I had. When you're working in an office for someone else, you get pigeonholed into a certain role, and I felt I was only doing a fraction of what I was really capable of.

I don't have children, but I know that if I did, that would be even more reason to stay at home and earn money. I definitely wouldn't want to battle into work every day if I had kids.

3. What type of work at home jobs did you try initially?

Lisa: I went right for the work at home opportunity of becoming a Virtual Assistant. I've been doing that since 2002.

4. Were you ever scammed?

Lisa: No, I'm glad to say I've never been scammed!

5. What was the work at home job that you landed that finally gave you your freedom from the rat race?

Lisa: Becoming a Virtual Assistant finally gave me my freedom from the rat race. As a Virtual Assistant, I work at home from my own office, with different clients all over the world. Basically, if a task can be done in your own home without having to actually sit with the client, you can offer it as part of your Virtual Assistant services. I love the fact that I have control over what work I do. For example, I love doing Power point presentations, copy writing and designing newsletters. There are so many things you can do as a Virtual Assistant. You can type and format documents, do research, data entry, transcription, editing and proofreading, copy writing, Power point presentations, design newsletters, fliers, logos, book meetings, organize events, update and design web sites. Those are just some examples of what you can do. You don't have to do all these things, you're free to offer whatever services you're comfortable with.

You can even specialize in certain fields. There are Virtual Assistants that only work with real estate agents, authors, actors, lawyers and so on. So you can really tailor your business anyway you want.

6. How did you find work as a Virtual Assistant?

Lisa: I created my own opportunities, by finding clients in my local community first. I set up a web site, got business cards printed, and went along to local business networking organizations to meet other business owners who needed help with their businesses.

We're only just touching the tip of the iceberg in terms of the potential of this business. Most of my clients hadn't even heard of Virtual Assistance before they met me. Once they realized what I do and how their businesses would benefit, they jumped at the opportunity. So, imagine how many potential clients there are just in your home town! Then, when you realize that because of the Internet, your target market is actually worldwide, it's very exciting.

7. Were you successful right away?

Lisa: Within a year I was doing this from home full-time. I started my Virtual Assistant business while I still had a full-time job, then gradually made the change to working from home full-time, by getting a part-time job and balancing that with clients. When I had enough clients to work from home, I quit the part-time job. That was a great way of making the break. It's unrealistic to expect to get a full set of clients right away as it takes time to build things up. But it's well worth it once you get there.

8. What do Virtual Assistants typically earn per year?

Lisa: Ah, yes! The million dollar question. I saw this article by called ‘Starting a Virtual Assistant Business' which gives the average income of Virtual Assistants. Bear in mind, that article was published a few years ago in 2004 so the figure is higher now. And it's referring to average figures, which means some earn less than this, while others earn more:

According a survey by the Virtual Business Alliance, a global consortium of virtual assistant trade organizations, the average full-time virtual assistant working in the United States grossed $39,452 in income last year.

To give you an idea of hourly rates, I charge between $35 and over $100 an hour, depending on what I do

9. What type of training do you need?

Lisa: Well, that depends on your existing skills. If you've already got good secretarial and computer skills, you probably don't need training. At a minimum, you'll need to be proficient in Microsoft Office.

If you don't have existing skills, then yes, you'll need training in those areas before you can think about becoming a Virtual Assistant.

There are VA Certification courses available, and some are very good. They don't tend to teach computer skills though, it's more about handling clients, negotiating rates and so on. You don't actually need a certificate to become a Virtual Assistant though.

10. Were there books and courses that you acquired? Do you have any suggestions for educational and home office material that should be acquired?

Lisa: When I started out, there was limited information available. I pieced it together myself, and found my own way. Of course I made a lot of mistakes but I persisted, learned my lessons and kept forging ahead until I became successful.

Then I started getting a lot of questions from people about how to become a Virtual Assistant, so I figured, why not write a step-by-step guide? Why not share my experiences with others so they don't make the same mistakes I did? I knew it was possible to piece together the steps you need to take to work at home, because that's what I did, but I also knew that people really could benefit from a step by step manual to save them time figuring it out the hard, long way.

So I wrote an ebook called ‘The 5 Key Steps To Your Successful Virtual Assistant Business Freelance From Home!' which has since evolved into a Toolkit, helping people every step of the way. I've had wonderful testimonials from people all over the world who have successfully become Virtual Assistants as a result of following the Toolkit. It really saves a lot of time and heartache figuring it out for yourself. I'm based in Australia but I've written the manual so that anyone anywhere in the world can get started as a Virtual Assistant. It's not specific to a certain country.

I'm also not concerned about making ‘competition' for myself. I already have a steady client base, and as I said before, I know that there are many more clients out there who are so far unaware of Virtual Assistance. All they need is for you to come along, give them a little education, and they will realize that they need your services!

11. How easy or difficult is it for others to get started?

Lisa: It's as easy or difficult as you make it. To be successful working at home, a lot of it has to do with your attitude and mind set. If you focus on what you CAN do, and are prepared to be persistent and face your fears, you'll make it. Making any lifestyle change, such as working at home is going to involve facing some kind of fears along the way.

If you don't want to face fears or take risks, then you should stay in your office job. I knew I couldn't face working for someone else forever, so I was prepared to make it happen.

Of course, having the right skills is important, but don't let a lack of skills stop you. If you're really determined to make this a success you can always learn and improve your skills by taking online courses, courses at your local college or even teaching yourself.

12. Do you have any suggestions for our readers on how they can mimic your success or find jobs similar to what you're doing?

Lisa: Get out there and mingle in the local community first. Let everyone know about your business. A lot of work comes to me through word of mouth, so start that word of mouth as soon as you can. It really does snowball. One of my first clients came from putting an ad in the local paper. Call your local university, and ask about putting up an ad to type student papers. Put up flyers at your local library. There are dozens of ways to get your name out there, not just offline, but also on the Internet. Look at online networking. On the Internet, you can get clients without leaving your house – how exciting is that?

13. Do you have a web site or email address where people can contact you with further questions?

Lisa: Sure. My Virtual Assistant web site is and email is email AT virtualpa DOT com DOT au . I'm based in Australia.

14. Are there other options where people can find VA jobs rather than setting up your own business?

Lisa: Yes, for example, there are freelance websites and websites where you can find VA job leads. This can be a good way of getting work at home if you're just starting out. You'll find that the hourly rates will be lower than if you started your own business as a VA, but I know that starting a business is not for everyone. If you start your own business and get your own clients, you have more control over what you charge your clients. As always, there are pros and cons in everything!

15. Any final thoughts or final advice for our loyal subscribers?

Lisa: Again, I have to go back to mind set. But don't think you have to get your mind set perfect before you start. Work on yourself as you go along. For example, I was always quite a shy person, so you can imagine I didn't feel comfortable meeting new people or ‘selling my services'.

If I had waited to become super confident before starting my business, I wouldn't have done it. You know that saying ‘fake it until you make it'? It's so true. I faked it until I made it. I forced myself out there.

I also learned to change my perception of situations. No longer am I ‘selling my services' but I'm providing a genuine service to other people. I help other businesses expand and grow by providing my VA services to them. When you change your perception like this, it's amazing what happens to your confidence.

If you want to check out the Toolkit that I've created for those who want to become a Virtual Assistant, it's at I also write an ongoing motivational newsletter and blog to keep people enthusiastic and in a positive mind set about working for themselves. You can find out about that on that web page too.

Sorry this article was so long. But considering how I short changed you guys with my typing article, I wanted to air on the side of providing way more details. By the way I read Lisa's ebook over the weekend and all I can say is WOW! Talk about being detailed oriented. I was a bit embarrassed with my typing article after reading her ebook because she provided a step by step way of getting started which is where I failed you. So if you're interested in typing at home, or doing word processing, customer service, etc but without dealing with all the competition of scams. I would strongly suggest that you pick up Lisa's ebook. It really leaves no rock unturned in terms of any questions you may have.

You guys know I don't really recommend a lot of paid products but I think this Virtual Assistant ebook is a must especially because so many of you have continuously asked me about making money typing or doing data entry. So I think this information is worth the minor investment. At the end of the day if you don't think it was worth it, which I think is nearly impossible there is a money back guarantee with no questions asked! Furthermore Lisa is very responsive unlike so many people that sell products. As you can see she makes her email available and doesn't hide her info.

So for all of you that were interested in my typing at home job, I strongly encourage you to pick up Lisa's ebook because it covers a lot more than I did in my article. Let me guys know what you think. I would love to hear your feedback about her ebook.

Baby Update!

Many of you have been following my journey of becoming a first time Dad and have asked me to keep you updated. So the latest is that my wife is finally on maternity leave! So I don't have to worry about her driving to and from work anymore. And we just came back from the doctor and she's "dilated" some. The terminology that is used to describe this whole process is a trip. But I'm very excited. A new member of the Salomon and family may be here in a few days or few weeks. (You parent veterans knows how that goes. lol) If you don't hear from me for a while then you know why! Wish me luck guys!

19 thoughts on “How To Earn $39,452 Per Year As A Virtual Assistant Working At Home!”

  1. Hi Melissa,
    Don’t get discouraged. That’s normal for a new business. It can take up to two years to make it successful. Try networking with people. Offer a trial period or test free service that is easy for you to do but provides value to a business.

    That may open up some doors for you.

  2. I started a VA business back in March. So far, we haven’t had a client, though we have had a few “possibilities” that haven’t panned out. It’s been a bit frustrating. I’m hoping this will take off at some point.

  3. I found this article to be very helpful. Thanks for sharing. I am currently a full-time student working on my BA in Computer Information Systems/Web Design. While earning my degree, I’ve been trying one business opportunity after another with little to no success. I’m tired of wasting money. I plan on getting the VA ebook mentioned in your article. I think it will help me greatly because I told my husband that I wanted to start out as a VA. I already have a Freelance account, but I haven’t landed any jobs yet. I can use all the help I can get.

    • Flo,

      It’s a business. It can be started anywhere there is a need for a VA. The person that wrote the ebook about this is based in Australia. So it works there then it can work anywhere if you know how to set up the business properly.

  4. Hi Sharan,

    Thanks for contacting me. There are a lot of simple work at home opportunities you can do such focus groups, surveys, get paid to try offers, etc. We’ve listed a few recommendations on the following page:

    Many of them don’t require any fancy degrees. All you need is an open mind and the willingness to give them a shot.

    In terms of data entry, as you read above, generic typing or data entry jobs aren’t really in demand unless you plan to start your own virtual assistant business. The only conventional clerical work at home job that has a lot of availability is Medical Transcription: but that involves training.

    Honestly it’s really hard to land a conventional work at home job because most of the ones available require specialized skills. So unless you’re willing and capable of investing in the training you should shift your focus to non-traditional work at home opportunities that can be started right away without any specialized training and it’s free. It’s not going to make you a lot of money individually but doing multiples of these can make you some decent money.

    But just in case you doubt I’m right about how difficult it is to land a work at home job feel free to give it a shot by applying to the jobs listed in our jobs section:

    In terms of avoiding scams, I would encourage you to watch the video in our scam section: it’s helped a lot of people avoid scams. After watching it, I doubt you’ll have problems with scams anymore.

    Good luck.


  5. Dear Eddy, I am a female almost 60 yrs. of age & I just need help in finding a simple work at home online job because I do not have any degrees in any special field. I will be retiring in about 9 yrs. & do not want to start with a company out in the field because of lack of experiences. I have had data entry experience but nothing like the one on these job sites. I hope that you can help me because I have no money for fees or scams. Thank you, Sharan

  6. Thanks DC!

    The family is doing really well. We’re traveling a lot which has been really fun. It’s different traveling with a baby but still a lot o fun.

    In terms of the travel industry, we have to be view the facts. There are tons of huge sites like,, that pretty much dominate the industry and do a great job of it. Travel agents are becoming like dinosaurs.

    The only way for a travel agent to do well in this business is if your specialize in some type of travel, like group trips, exotics destinations, weddings, etc. That’s where a travel agent can be very helpful and make money. Other than that its not a money maker.

    You should read my article about Global Travel its definitely not a scam. I hope that wasn’t assumed because it was in that section. I may have to move it out of there if that’s what people are thinking. It’s legit and I have worked with the company but more so for the perks.

    The little money I did make was nearly nothing. I do better with my career as an affiliate/ad typist: (Read the page completely and you’ll learn a lot.)

    So I wouldn’t really get involved in travel unless you fit the scenarios I mentioned above. There are many different ways to make money at home:
    Most of my recommendations can be found on the following page:

    If you read through the information carefully over the next few days, I guarantee you’ll find a lot to choose from assuming you’re open minded.

    I hope this helps either way. I’m sorry to hear about your accident. But thank goodness you’re alive and kicking and at the end of the day that’s all that matters.

    Take care,


    P.S. I don’t know your business so I don’t want to assume if you’ve applied for disability or not. But if you have been designated as “disabled” by the government you may want to check the following page:

    It may help you as well.

  7. Hello Eddy, Congrats on the addition to your happy family! I do so hope and wish for all the best for you & your wife’s good health, good wealth & good times!

    My reason for writing is that 5 yrs ago I was in a bad car accident that physically ‘hurt’ me. And, the kicker, since my head was ‘hurt’ my memory is not the quickest. My fiance thinks that working from home is ‘just the ticket’ for me & my situation. He has considered various at home ‘Travel Agent’ employment possibilities including Global Travel which you highlight on the scam page. I am a hard worker & do so try hard to learn. I am many years past college & since the accident… don’t remember much anyway.
    question: what is your take on these travel agent job possibilities? I don’t have any money to even get scammed just once. My ego is such that I would like to show my fiance that I can survive on my own.

    I hope that my missive wasn’t too long. Forgive me my earnest eager ignorance.


  8. Hi Candice,

    Welcome to our little hole in the wall. I’m happy you’re enjoying the information. Sorry you found us after being scammed. Seems like most people do.
    Let me help you get started.

    1. Be sure to be a subscriber so you don’t miss out on any work at home articles or scam prevention information we may send out:

    2. Be sure to check out our scam section, anytime you want to do research and just for your own knowledge of what to avoid:

    3. In terms of the jobs that’s easy enough to find by visiting the links right on top of the page:
    Hiring companies and Legitimate Work At Home Job Leads

    Now in respect to some of your comments. I want you to be successful at working at home so consider this some tough love. Landing a work at home job is like winning the lotto. It’s that difficult. The only work at home job I know of that is available in huge numbers is Medical Transcription (Typing)

    It’s the reason why I always recommend make money doing other things they never considered such as

    Paid surveys:

    Get Paid Offers:

    Message Board Participants:

    Focus Groups:

    These type of things will make you money while trying to land those elusive work at home jobs. My philosophy is some money is better than no money. And most people make no money while spending months and even years trying to land a work at home job. So although the previously mentioned work at home opportunities won’t make you a lot of money on their own, they do add up to some decent money together and if you repeat the process.

    So that’s something to wrap your brain around. I know a lot of times work at home seekers don’t want to hear the truth about the availability of work at home jobs. They think I’m lying or some how they’re more special than everyone else so they’ll be able to land one even though 90% of the people don’t. But I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you the real deal. Otherwise you’ll become disillusioned or desperate and buy these ridiculous work at home products promising you to make you rich over night with no work.

    Next I’d like to discuss this attitude that work at home seekers have about running a home based business. Too often many of you are under the impression that running a home based business is any harder than working for someone else and the fact of the matter is, it’s not. I encourage you to read the following article:

    It will provide you with another work at home career you’ve never considered that could help your family situation out if you’re willing to believe in yourself. You said you’re fast learner and hard worker so if that’s the case than the career in that article may be suited for you.

    In any event,

    I hope I’ve given you some insight as to where you need to start. At the end of the day there are various ways to work at home outside the traditional jobs you’re looking for but you’ll need to be open to the idea. The alternative is to continue to apply to the jobs listed in the pages above and maybe you’ll get lucky. But I prefer going with the sure things.

    Take care Candice and welcome to our site.
    Hope to see more of you.


  9. Hi Eddy
    i just stumbled on your site seeking information about working at home. unfortunately i’ve been scammed out of so much money. I’m a stay at home mom of three boys with another boy on the way, and a military husband. we don’t make a lot but all of our kids being under the age of 6 it makes it really hard to get out and get a job with daycare being so expensive. i have been reading quite a few of your articles and they definitely have a lot of helpful information. but i’m not interested in starting a business I just want a job that someone can tell me what to do and when to do it, i’m a very fast learner and a hard worker. do you know of any job opportunities that would work for me?


  10. Hi Gellies,

    Thanks for your question.
    We actually addressed this question recently and on numerous places on our site. Here are the pages you should read if you want help and real advice about the whole data entry industry and the reality of the situation:

    It’s not pretty but we have provided you with other solutions. But its going to be up to you to decide what to do when faced with the truth.

    I hope you’ll find the information helpful.

    When you get some time, you should really read through our articles to give you your full range of options:

    Your potential is greater than data entry and typing, but you probably didn’t know it and reading those articles may open your eyes to a world of possibilities.

    Good luck.


  11. Hi, I’m really tired of searching all over for online employment. I would like to start in the area of data entry working from home with no fees and immediate employment. Can anyone help me?


  12. Hi Jessica,

    Welcome to our little site.
    I’m happy that you’re finding the content useful. I’m really proud of you taking action on this VA opportunity despite being shy. It’s just a great home based business opportunity and provides you with a lot more freedom and stability than I think most would find with a typical work at home job.

    Trust me, the ebook covers it all. I was almost overwhelmed with the information. lol But it’s going to be your go to book whenever you have questions about what to do next with your VA business. Lisa is very friendly and approachable so I’m sure she’ll be able to help you a long the way as well. =)

    Thanks for the congratulations. Is their light at the end of the tunnel now that you’ve had a year under your belt with your little one? lol

    I love my little girl. But she can be a handful sometimes. But then I see her smile and I melt like a big wus. lol

    Anyway, since you’re new to the site, I would encourage you to visit our articles section:

    That’s where we have the bulk of our good content and videos.

    So enjoy. Hope to see you back on the site again soon.


  13. Hi Eddy,

    I read this article and was very impressed. I am new to your website and found much of it useful. I just purchased her ebook, hopefully I will be able to take steps forward my goal of always wanting to have a home based business. When she went into talking about how shy she was at first sold me. I am a shy person and was wondering how to overcome this challenge of mine. Thanks again. And congratulations on your little one. I just had one too a year ago, its a lot of work but worth it.


  14. Hi Colleen,

    Long time no hear from. I guess you’ve been busy with your own site: ?

    In any event, thanks for the congrats! I really appreciate it. I’m really excited and nervous at the same time. lol

    I can’t imagine my little girl turning 20. I’m going to want to keep her my little girl forever. lol But I hear you about time flying. I still view myself as a big kid and my wife can attest to this! lol

    I’m really happy you enjoyed the interview with Lisa. When I met her and we got to discussing her business more it sounded so interesting to me that I had to share it with you guys.

    Trust me if you decide to get the ebook you’ll be very impressed with all the information she provides. Fortunately for all of us she does give a lot in the interview above. But the ebook just goes into so much more detail. So I encourage you to get if being a Virtual Assistant sounds like something you want to do.

    Thanks again for your comments Colleen. Don’t stay away so long next time. lol


  15. Hey Eddy – I wanted to be one of the first to say “congrats on your pending bundle of joy!” 🙂 My daughter will be 20 on 20 April. Wow, it makes you wonder where the time flew too!

    In any case, I really like the indepth interview that you did with Lisa Taliga because there were alot of points touched upon as well as very helpful information provided. I am sure this is definitely a great help to your readers. I myself discovered a few ideas that I was not aware of before.


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