Filipinos are world class when it comes to the service industry.

We have a knack for treating clients and customers with genuine care and utmost respect. That’s why it’s not a surprise that the number one home based Philippine job right now is all about providing assistance. Which job is it? 

Work at home Virtual Assistant.

A 2016 report from Freelancer.PH revealed VA staffer jobs top their list of most number of employed freelancers, taking 25% of the whole market share.

Fast forward to 2018, Onlinejobs.PH reported that home based virtual assistant jobs is the most in-demand online job in the Philippines for the last couple of years.

What does a Work at Home Virtual Assistant do?

In a nutshell, VAs do various tasks for the client. Depending on the nature of the business, clients seek Filipino virtual assistance for the following tasks:  answering emails, data entry, scheduling, setting up appointments, setting and tracking calendar entries, and more. In general, VA’s are required to have good verbal and written English skills as the job requires constant communication with your boss.

How much does a Virtual Assistant in the Philippines make?

According to Virtual Staff PH, salaries range between 15,000 to 30,000 on average. Some more experienced VAs can command higher rates depending on their level of skill and expertise (40,000 and up). At this rate, it’s like a work at home BPO job!

Related: How to become a Virtual Assistant, No Experience Required

What are the skills required to get hired as a Virtual Assistant?

Clients look for the following skills when hiring virtual assistants: Data Entry, Admin Support, Email handling, Calendar scheduling, setting up meetings, fast typing skills, good verbal and written English, and great management skills.

What do I need to do to become a Virtual Assistant?

Assuming you have some of the skills I mentioned above, the first step is to sign up for online talent marketplaces like Onlinejobs.PH, VAStaffer or VirtualStaff.PH where you can build a profile and land your first client. This may sound easy enough but the key to successfully marketing yourself to clients is by building a solid profile.

Make sure to highlight your strengths and be clear with how you describe yourself. This is important especially when sending proposals and cover letters to potential clients. Tell them why you think you are the right person for the online VA job and what problems you can solve for them.

Pro Tip: There are plenty of groups in Facebook dedicated to Virtual Assistants. Join one. This is a great resource for a budding work at home virtual assistant like you to share tips and insights.

If you are starting from scratch, it might be a good idea to do a bit of research on your end. Brush up on the skills we mentioned earlier. Some Filipino home based jobs groups in FB advertise trainings and seminars for those who want some more hands-on assistance. Review feedback and try to ask around in your groups which ones are legit and effective.

What type of computer and equipment will I need as a work at home virtual assistant?

In terms of set-up, you need a working desktop computer or laptop and a stable internet connection. I’ve seen job posts in FB that include the minimum specs the applicant should have. The most common computer spec requirement I’ve seen so far is: Intel i3 processor, at least 4 GB of RAM and a minimum 3 mbps wired connection. As with most Philippine home based jobs, it’s critical to have a reliable internet connection.

Virtual Assistant jobs dominate the Philippines’ online home based job scene. We Pinoys are genuinely helpful and find great joy in assisting others. Do you have what it takes? Take the first step now!

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