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Virtual assistants are thriving in the COVID-19 pandemic. This woman doubled her income during confinement.

  • Amanda Holly has doubled her income working as a virtual assistant, a job that thousands of people have had during the pandemic.
  • She won more customers by trying to move everything online at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown.
  • She became a VA in 2017 “to control what I earned and how and where I worked.”

“COVID-19 has honestly helped my business,” said Amanda Holly, 43, who has been a virtual assistant (VA) since 2017.

Amid the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, VAs — people who were already working from home before the pandemic, doing behind-the-scenes work for businesses forced to go online to survive — have thrived.

In its most recent report, the American Association of Virtual Assistants surveyed North America and Europe and found the industry to be “booming,” with people citing job flexibility, as well as than the possibility of earning an average of $2,000 to $5,000 per month for 30 years. hours of work per week, as reasons for becoming VAs.

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The UK’s Society of Virtual Assistants told Insider its membership applications tripled in 2020. It welcomed 1,350 new members during the pandemic, giving it a total of 4,166, the most of its 15 years of history.

Holly became a VA in 2017 after years in temporary administrative jobs, including for Britain’s National Health Service, energy companies, car rental companies and banks – in between summers working as a public relations club on the Ibiza spanish holiday island.

She wanted to be VA because she was tired of commuting and wanted “flexibility in my life…I wanted to control what I earned and how and where I worked.”

She mainly works with coaching and training companies, who suddenly found themselves unable to work face-to-face and dependent on video calls.

When the UK was first locked down last March, Holly, from Bristol, England, was regularly earning £1,500 ($2,078) a month. By the time the first lockdown eased in late June, her monthly income had risen to £3,000 ($4,156), working four-day weeks.

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“I was making money, but since COVID-19 I had one particular client who took a lot of overtime because she wanted to move everything online,” Holly told Insider.

“Then another trainer came on board because he was also moving online. He works in the mental health industry so they were running a lot more classes, especially because of COVID-19.”

“There are a lot more administrators involved in setting up, sending instructions to delegates, organizing meetings and creating any online content,” she said of the needs of her clients. customers during lockdown.

Holly’s income has remained flat since her lockdown push. She currently works from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

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His business-specific expenses are around £100 ($138) a month, which includes insurance and software licenses for Canva and Adobe Pro.

His workday often begins with checking emails for three clients and chasing payment of their bills. On Mondays, she calls one client to go over her schedule for the coming week and scans another’s client list, checking that appointments have been booked and sending reminders.

The day she spoke to Insider, she was hosting an online webinar, while creating promotional posts and banners for clients’ social media. She was also gathering feedback from another course, putting it together with charts and handouts.

The rest of her day was spent creating newsletters, sending out instructions to course delegates, scheduling a week of social media posts, packing and sending promotional materials and ordering books and materials for another client’s new course.

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She said: “When people buy packages, they buy blocks of my time, so I block each day and any new or old tasks are done during that time.”

Women represent 97% of the membership of the Society of Virtual Assistants. According to the company, 85% are at least 35 years old, reflecting the fact that the industry is more attractive to people with more work experience and transferable skills.

Holly first used independent platform Upwork to find clients, before turning to Facebook groups.

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“The great advice I got was to go where your ideal clients hang out… I started out being very relaxed, commenting on people’s posts, offering advice but not offering services. people start chatting and you build a relationship so when they needed a VA they came to me.”

In 2020, Holly was “finally” able to give up working as an associate for other VAs, as work for her own clients exploded.

She added that all of her clients were on long-term packages. His next step is to hire someone else, perhaps to help clients with branding.

“I still have enquiries, but I don’t have the capacity myself,” she said.

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