Looking to Work as an Associate VA?

Taking on Associate work is a fantastic way for new VAs to gain experience, figure out what tasks they like doing and start to bring in a regular income.

However, there are more VAs looking to work as Associates than there are Lead VAs looking to hire them - which means competition is fierce.

So, you will have a far better chance of being chosen if you understand what Lead VAs are looking for, how to ace the skills test and what you can do to stand out from the crowd.

If you're interested in working as an Associate VA then I've got just the thing for you!

This Guide Covers Everything You Need to Work as an Associate VA:


A Lead VA is unlikely to outsource work to an Associate unless they have specific documents in place and meet the necessary legal requirements. This section outlines what these are and how to get them.


Covering the best places to look for work, how to apply for roles, how to complete the skills assessment and how to make a good impression. This is where most VAs fall down so you need to know what's expected of you.


From email addresses, deadlines, CRMs, sharing passwords and timesheets, to how much you'll be paid by whom and when, the guide covers all the practical aspects of working as an Associate VA.


Once you start working together, there are many things you can do to create a strong and lasting relationship with the Lead VA and ensure it's you they call when they have more work to outsource.


There are multiple things you should confirm with the Lead VA before you even think about starting a task. From checking you're both on the same page to how and when work is signed off, this guide covers them all.


Not all Associate relationships run smoothly and it's important that you're protected should anything go wrong. This section also explains how to do your due diligence to ensure you and the Lead VA are a good fit. 


Can I get Associate work as a new VA?

Yes. You don't necessarily need to be an established Virtual Assistant, but you do need to be able to legally work in a freelance capacity.

Established VAs definitely outsource work to new ones, but there are a few things they will insist you have in place before they do so. These are outlined in the guide.

Will the guide guarantee me Associate work?

Although the guide shows you where to look for Associate work, how to apply for roles and how to prepare for both the consultation and assessment, it will be up to you to apply the advice and make a good impression.

Is the guide suitable for non-UK VAs?

Yes. Although the legal and financial aspects are UK-focused, you're advised on what you need to have in place before another VA will outsource work to you. Although the GDPR and insurance aspects are global, tax laws will vary depending on your location.

How much is the guide in my own currency?

The guide is priced in pounds sterling but you'll be shown the amount you'll pay in your own currency before you click to confirm the transaction. You can also check beforehand by visiting the currency exchange website www.xe.com.

I have another question.

No problem! Email support(at)thevahandbook(dot)com and ask away.

Lead VAs can afford to be selective

With their reputation on the line, Lead VAs simply cannot afford to hire just any VA who contacts them. They not only need to ensure any Associate they take on has the right skills, but they also need to have confidence in the quality of their work and trust they can deliver to their client's standards within set deadlines.

With a huge number of willing VAs to choose from, a Lead VA can afford to be really selective about who they outsource work to but with the help of this guide, you'll be in a much better position to ensure it's YOU they choose!

About The Author

As I haven’t worked with Associates myself, after receiving numerous requests for advice on how to be taken on as an Associate, I asked Victoria Tretis, an experienced VA from my Facebook Group, to write this guide for me.

Prior to setting up her business, Victoria was an employed VA and worked closely with another VA. They buddied together to provide backup support to one another’s clients during holidays, absences and seasonal peaks.

As a result, Victoria hired Associates quite early on and managed a small team of VAs.

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