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Make extra income as a virtual assistant

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Updated 4-18-24. 

We have been informed that the International Virtual Assistants Association has closed as of January 2023. For more information on virtual assistant work, readers may wish to contact other organizations such as the Association of Virtual Assistants. The NNA does not endorse any specific virtual assistant association or business. — The Editors

If you are working from home, you may be looking for ways to expand your services and increase your income potential. One way — which allows Notaries to use the skills and tools they already possess— is to become a virtual assistant.

What is a Virtual Assistant?

Virtual Assistants (or VAs), according to the International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA), “are independent contractors who (from home or office) support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.”

VAs provide services to their diverse clientele, depending on their own professional background and strengths, thereby allowing organizations to outsource certain tasks and increase efficiency. Below is a small sampling of services virtual assistants can provide:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Database management & Data processing
  • Event planning
  • Internet marketing, social media, and marketing support
  • Human resources support
  • Project management
  • Real estate assistance
  • Secretarial services and administrative phone and email support
  • Website design, development and maintenance

“The qualifications that you need to be a successful Notary — attention to detail, executing documents in a timely manner, and continuing education — are some of the same qualifications needed to be a successful virtual assistant,” says Florida Notary Susie Black, owner of My Reliable Virtual Assistant. Black loves the flexibility of being a virtual assistant and highly recommends the career field to Notaries looking to expand their career and income opportunities.

How does one become a Virtual Assistant?

“Another key way to get new business is to join online groups via LinkedIn or Facebook,” says Black, who uses her own website, social media platforms and membership affiliations to brand her own company and build her client base.

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Audrey A Middleton

19 Aug 2017

Looks like a good opportunity

Audrey A Middleton

19 Aug 2017

Looks like a good opportunity


23 Jan 2018'a a big opportunity.My virtual executive assistant in India is helping me a lot in developing my startup and the service is awesome.

William Watkins

13 Feb 2018

Thanks for the update


19 Mar 2018

The article was so informative.I am planning to hire an online personal assistant to do my tedious jobs and I have heard about GetFriday of India as good.What's your opinion on this?

Sherry Parrish

04 Sep 2019

I am a notary for Wilson North Carolina

Charles Pratt

30 Oct 2019

I have a friend who used to be a notary and a school teacher. He is now blind and can no longer perform these functions. Are there any Virtual Assistant opportunities for answering phones, dispatching, etc, that anyone is aware of? I appreciate your help. Thank you.

Latoya Crudup

01 Jun 2020

Do I need a business license in Florida to create a website advertising my notary services as NSA?

National Notary Association

02 Jun 2020

Hello. You would need to check with your local city or county agency that issues business licenses to find out any licensing or registration requirements for an NSA business.


01 Jun 2020

What a great opportunity. I used to be an executive assistant to the HR Director and Controller of the previous company I worked for before they went out of business. I love the idea of being a virtual assistant.


08 Jul 2020

May I ask as a new Notary Public is there a a charge or mthly fee to join IVAA?

National Notary Association

13 Jul 2020

Hello. You would need to contact them directly to ask about charges or monthly fees.

Outsourcing Virtual Assistant Services

09 Dec 2021

Such an amazing blog ! It is very informative for me.

National Notary Association

10 Dec 2021

Thank you. We're glad you find it helpful!

30 Mar 2023

The IVAA is no more. They have dissolved the company as of 23, January 2023. Is there any other place where remote jobs are listed? TIA

National Notary Association

04 Apr 2023

Hello. Thank you for contacting us. We've updated the article to inform readers of IVAA's closure and remove outdated links. While we do not endorse any specific virtual assistant organization, one group you may be able to contact for information about virtual assistant work is the Association of Virtual Assistants at

Edna Johnson

29 Apr 2024

I could really use this as I’m a newly notary public. It would really help me out with building up my clientele. If anyone has any advice I’m open for it serious inquiries only.

Layla Maclin

29 Apr 2024

Hi everyone, I'm a notary also. I'm from Searcy, Arkansas!! This is interesting information. I never knew about. Can you tell us more

Dorrissa Luckett

29 Apr 2024

Yes,I have been administration for 10 + years. I have done everything from non profit, HR Assistant, Legal Assistant and even a finance manager over a mayorial campaign. I have been a VA for 3+ years and absolutely love the flexibility! If anyone is looking for a VA in available!!

Cecilia Vail

29 Apr 2024

I would love to do this.

Patricia Del Real Gonzalez

29 Apr 2024

I would like the opportunity to explore a bit more information to do Virtual Notary.


30 Apr 2024

I’ve actually started the process to become a virtual assistant as well. I invested in a 1:1 coach to help guide me

Jenny M

03 May 2024

There is virtually NO market for US based VAs. Even people commenting here tell you they use very low cost India based VAs. Swing and a miss...

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