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“A lot of [virtual assistant] the work comes from small businesses that have either gotten rid of their physical office and moved away altogether, or are trying to cut costs and look elsewhere for a more cost-effective way to do the administrative work,” Mr. Woolrych said.

“Employing virtual assistants allows [an assistant] with a specific skill set to match a specific set of tasks and for them to nail it. So it’s a very effective way to get things done.

The Airtasker job market pointed to an increase in demand for virtual assistants in the first months of this year. Demand for administrative tasks jumped 20% between January and April compared to last year – and 38% compared to 2019, before the pandemic.

The company’s customers were primarily looking for virtual assistants for calendar management, data entry, video transcription, travel booking, website updates and content creation, Airtasker noted.

For Ms. Wolff, the range of tasks she performs for clients varies. She does everything from classic executive assistant-type work, to sourcing props and styling for an event, to setting up databases – and on one occasion, she organized the cleaning dry for a client in Los Angeles.

“As the world started to wake up again, leaders realized their administrative side was spiraling out of control and they couldn’t handle it themselves,” she said.

“And because they got rid of their office space or were still working from home, they just needed someone to work remotely.”

Another virtual assistant, who asked to remain anonymous, started working in the field two years ago through Airtasker. She, like Ms. Wolff, also had a long career in administrative work before taking her virtual talents so she could spend more time with her daughter, who has special needs.

She said many of her clients were businesses that had cut costs during the pandemic and routinely relied on virtual assistants to get work done remotely.

Mr Woolrych said most virtual assistants in Australia were independent traders, although those based overseas were often employees or part of a consortium.

Virtual assistants tend to charge by the hour or offer hourly packages, and customers who take packages with more hours often receive a cheaper hourly rate.

For virtual assistants who get jobs at Fiverr, the average amount paid for a task is $44.

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