In a Nutshell: When workers set out to find remote employment, but want to bypass the typical hassles of online job searches, they often turn to VirtualAssistants.com. This platform caters exclusively to U.S.-based workers and employers, and it screens all opportunities before posting them, ensuring that each one is legitimate. Opportunities span a wide variety of fields, including administration and customer service, but the platform posts listings from any industry that needs remote workers. VirtualAssistants.com also carefully considers feedback and uses it to guide its development and features.
When Trisha Donaldson was looking for work in appointment-setting services, she visited VirtualAssistants.com, a platform that posts opportunities for remote workers. VirtualAssistants.com helped Donaldson find a job suited to her talents, but that wasn’t the end of her story.
Three years later, after Donaldson started her own small business, she used VirtualAssistants.com to find the talent she needed to expand her operation. She credits VirtualAssistants.com for helping her succeed both in finding gainful employment and in growing her own enterprise.
Since 1999, VirtualAssistants.com has connected individuals seeking remote work with opportunities in their chosen fields. The platform posts full-time, part-time, and contract work in a variety of industries. All the job listings are based in the United States and are only open to U.S. workers. Additionally, the platform thoroughly screens each listing and vets each employer, ensuring quality and user satisfaction.
“A lot of scams out there pose as real job listings, so we wanted to create a safe place for people to find remote or virtual work,” said Belinda Stringer, Director of VirtualAssistants.com. “I started the site to be a private board just for virtual or remote jobs. The jobs can be full time, part time, evenings, or weekends.”
Through VirtualAssistants.com, remote workers can find genuine employment opportunities that fit their schedules, lifestyles, and professional goals. Most importantly, they can rest assured that every job is legitimate, enabling them to focus on finding work without worrying about many common hazards of online employment searches.
Pre-Screened Postings Help Users Quickly Find Jobs
Professionals seeking remote employment — whether full time, part time, or freelance — often face stiff competition from others in an expanding labor pool. They not only compete against workers who possess experience and expertise, but they’re also bidding against people who are willing to undercut industry-standard rates to land a gig.
That is especially true of freelancers outside of the U.S., where the dollar may stretch farther. And beyond that, job seekers must remain vigilant against scammers who post illegitimate or deceitful job offers that offer no real prospect of paid work.
“We’re only a U.S. site, and that differentiates us, too. One of the complaints that we heard from other job seekers is that they have to bid against people from other countries, for instance, where people only want $4 per hour.” — Belinda Stringer, Director of VirtualAssistants.com
Stringer and her team — who have 30 years of combined experience in vetting job listings — investigate each job opportunity before posting it on VirtualAssistants.com. Together, they verify that each is, in fact, a genuine offer. Companies are required to have a website and, preferably, a dedicated company email server.
“We’ll even do a domain name search on them to see who owns the company and started the website,” Stringer said.
And VirtualAssistants.com caters exclusively to remote workers and employers located in the United States. That limits the competition that workers face in finding employment, particularly being undercut by outsourced labor.
“We’re only a U.S. site, and that differentiates us, too. One of the complaints that we heard from other job seekers is that they have to bid against people from other countries, for instance, where people only want $4 per hour,” Stringer said. “We made it so no one can join unless they are in the United States, and we only post jobs for the United States.”
Subscription Tiers Meet the Needs of Part-Time, Full-Time, and Freelance Workers
Finding remote work on VirtualAssistants.com starts with setting up an account. The service charges a small fee, which pays for its team to pre-screen jobs and ensure all opportunities meet the platform’s standard of quality.
But fees are organized into three tiers based on user need. The first is a seven-day trial that allows prospective users to try the platform and experience its functionality firsthand. If they like what they see, but don’t find a job in that time, they can sign up for a recurring monthly membership. Alternatively, they can purchase a one-time, nonrecurring annual membership at a discounted rate. In all three cases, there is no obligation, and users can cancel their membership at any time.
When applying for a position, users can connect directly with their potential employer. The transaction is by traditional application; there is no bidding on contracts or gigs. They simply apply, interview, and, hopefully, get the job they want.
Workers who secure jobs are paid by their employers directly either electronically or by mail. VirtualAssistants.com does not deduct a percentage of an employee’s wages or salaries; it functions solely as an intermediary for finding employment, and it won’t charge any fees beyond the user’s subscription.
VirtualAssistants.com maintains an archive of informational articles to help remote workers flourish and to aid traditional employees who are considering a change from office work. These resources help subscribers make the most of their memberships — and help interested workers learn more and decide if going remote is the right choice for them.
Quality Opportunities in Admin, Customer Service, and Many Other Industries
VirtualAssistants.com offers opportunities in language services like writing, proofreading, and editing; and transcription of audio into text. Users will also find listings for jobs in the areas of sales, tutoring, project management, accounting and billing, marketing and telemarketing, and coding.
“We specialize in administrative and customer service jobs,” Stringer said. “Those are two of the most popular, but we also have all types of jobs besides those including transcription, help desk, writing, sales, and many others.”
Most positions listed on the platform are full time, but it also has part-time and freelance opportunities. Stringer said this reflects more significant trends in many industries, which are moving toward hiring remote employees.
“More companies are hiring remote workers,” Stringer said. “It’s continuously growing. Back when I started, it was hard to get companies to consider hiring a remote worker. They were afraid the employees wouldn’t be working. Now, with all the technology, more companies are going to distributed teams. And so they’re more open now to remote workers.”
In addition to accepting submissions from employers seeking remote workers, VirtualAssistants.com also actively looks for opportunities posted on company job boards. This practice helps the platform keep up with demand from employers and remote workers — who want more opportunities in their fields.
Employees who seek remote work often want flexibility in employment, and the growth of technology over the past decade has made those opportunities more prevalent. Employers, on the other hand, are continually seeking top talent, which means they’re increasingly willing to hire remote employees who can deliver quality.
Feedback Allows VirtualAssistants.com to Keep Improving
VirtualAssistants.com receives plenty of positive feedback from users, like Donaldson, who have found success through the platform. But the company also welcomes suggestions for features and improvements they’d like to see incorporated into the service. VirtualAssistants.com takes these requests seriously and uses feedback to guide the platform’s ongoing development.
VirtualAssistants.com upgraded its platform in May 2018 and incorporated suggestions from its community to make it more efficient. In particular, search functionality has improved significantly.
“They wanted to search by anywhere in the U.S. or by state. Some of the companies want you to live in a particular state,” Stringer said. “Now, you can search for jobs anywhere in the U.S. or search a particular state or city.”
Workers can narrow their search for jobs that meet their skills, and employers can more effectively find qualified remote candidates. Those improvements reflect the platform’s commitment to providing quality service to both job seekers and employers who are embracing this new way of working in the digital world.
And its receptiveness to feedback ensures VirtualAssistants.com will continue to grow and develop to meet emerging needs — and, just as importantly, workers can enjoy a safe, trustworthy source for finding remote employment.