Getting Pre-Paid for Your Services
In this instance, the client pays you as the service provider, for a specified number of hours before the work gets done. The client pays you up front, then it’s up to the client to be sure to send you enough work within the designated time frame to fill those pre-paid hours.
Invoicing Billable Time
Basically, you are sending a bill for your time on a specified schedule – 1st & 16th day of month, weekly, monthly. Then on the scheduled invoicing date, you send your client an itemized list of completed tasks, and time worked. There are invoicing services available through PayPal, or FreshBooks.
Some clients need ongoing month-to-month assistance. You may want to offer a retainer package at a discounted hourly rate, where the client is required to pay on a set date of the month for a specified number of hours. You promise your availability for that amount of time each month.
Depending on the type of virtual services you provide, you may find that a project based payment system works best for you. Graphic designers and content writers, for example, can bundle their services and charge one rate for that package.
This just basically touches the surface in giving you the different ways you can charge clients for your virtual assistant services. Each service provider is going to want to tweak their VA services page to their individual liking. A potential client may have a preference as well, but you decide how flexible or firm you want to be in accepting payment.