Fancy Hands- Virtual Assisting

Updated on: by Amy Kennedy

Fancy HandsWhile doing my daily run-through and checking online for home based job leads for the new job board located at, I ran across a highly intriguing company. Fancy Hands has recently advertised on Craigslist that they are hiring Virtual Assistants to complete tasks for their hundreds of clients. The types of tasks they listed included calling and canceling a client’s cable service, setting up doctor appointments and other general errands that many people would rather pay someone else to do!

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Fancy Hands is new to me and so I decided to do a little online digging. I came back empty-handed. Fancy Hands seems to be an up and coming service. While there is nothing screaming out to me ‘Caution’, I have witnessed many companies take-off way too fast and end up going down-hill. However, I have a feeling Fancy Hands has their stuff under-control. When new online companies take advantage of the hypothetical runway and use it fully before trying to take flight- they usually succeed. Unfortunately, many companies get too excited and bounce down the runway making a crash landing and an awful mess.  Knowing this, I remain cautious and choose not to rely on work found at companies who have not been fully established. 

What type of service does Fancy Hands offer?

Fancy Hands is a company that busy people (with a little extra cash) can turn to for help getting their basic errands completed for them. In some ways they remind me of Question/Answer companies like ChaCha in that some people may just need someone to do a little online research for them and let them know when the big game is coming on. However, Fancy Hands allows them to take it a step further and allows for personalization. Clients of Fancy Hands can request a virtual assistant to call and reserve a table at a specific restaurant or any other variety of tasks that can be complete from home either online or on the phone.

Do you have to use the phone at Fancy Hands and what about long distance?

Fancy Hands does list one of the requirements as being able to use your home or cell phone to make long distance calls. Calls are not reimbursed so it is suggested you have an unlimited long distance plan. However, when I filled out the application they asked if I preferred web-based work, phone based work or both. So, hopefully there is a chance you can pass on the phone work and still get to work with Fancy Hands.

How much does Fancy Hands pay?

Each task will have its own rate, depending on a variety of factors. Fancy Hands say things like the time of day, how complicated the task was and how quickly your turn-around time was helps to determine the rate. I am not sure if that means the rate is not given until after it is completed but they say tasks range from $1-5 and go up from there. Fancy Hand’s Craigslist ad proposed the average beginner could earn $50 a day. I would say to not get too excited about that as we don’t know if they will go and hire way too many virtual assistants and cause for a lack of work.

Fancy Hands pays every other week and they say they ‘can’ pay via PayPal which makes me think there may be other payment options as well.

Potential for MORE at Fancy Hands!

One part of the job ad that excited me was the potential to move up within the company! If you can prove yourself then Fancy Hands may just offer you a managerial type position where you can manage other virtual assistants.

Pros and Cons of Working for Fancy Hands

Working for Fancy Hands, like any job, has its pros and cons. Here are some potential advantages and disadvantages of working for this platform:


  1. Flexibility: Fancy Hands offers flexible work arrangements, allowing you to choose when and how much you work. This can be appealing if you’re looking for a job with the freedom to set your own schedule.
  2. Remote work: Fancy Hands is a remote-based company, which means you can work from the comfort of your own home or anywhere with an internet connection. This eliminates the need for a daily commute and provides location independence.
  3. Variety of tasks: As a virtual assistant for Fancy Hands, you’ll likely work on a wide range of tasks for different clients. This variety can keep the job interesting and give you exposure to different industries and areas of expertise.
  4. Skill development: Working as a virtual assistant can help you develop various skills, such as organization, communication, time management, and problem-solving. These skills can be valuable in many other professional contexts.


  1. Variable workload: The workload with Fancy Hands may vary depending on the availability of tasks and clients’ needs. Some periods may be busier than others, and there may be times when there are fewer tasks available. This variability can make it challenging to maintain a consistent income.
  2. Low pay rates: The pay rates for tasks completed through Fancy Hands may not be as high as some other employment opportunities. The company operates on a per-task basis, and the pay is typically predetermined, which may not always align with the effort or time required for certain tasks.
  3. Limited benefits: As a virtual assistant for Fancy Hands, you are considered an independent contractor rather than an employee. This means you may not have access to traditional employee benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, or paid time off.
  4. Limited career growth: While working for Fancy Hands can provide valuable experience and skill development, there may be limited opportunities for career growth within the company itself. If you’re looking for a job with clear promotion paths or long-term advancement opportunities, this may not be the best fit.

How to Apply!

Read the original Job Ad. I am not sure how long this will be active as they may not need too many more positions filled.

Signing up was easy but you DO need to have a Gmail- email address. While some people became confused and worried they were giving Fancy Hands access to their email account, it is made clear that you are NOT. Sort of like signing in with your Facebook page to many sites, Fancy Hands is using your Gmail or google account to keep their Virtual Assistant Applicants organized.

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Katie Jones

September 3, 2011 at 8:14 am

I’ve never heard of this company before, so the review is definitely nice to have! It sounds like a really cool position!

Leisa Good

September 3, 2011 at 9:58 am

Thanks for the heads-up! I’ll check them out, Miranda. Like you I am always a little cautious unless they are better established.


September 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm

thanks, I’ll check them out sounds like a nice egg to have


September 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Sounds like an opportunity to get started with virtual assisting and see if it’s for you, without investing a lot of startup money. Great find!

Traci Bell

September 3, 2011 at 5:16 pm

I applied for this last night. If this company does take off well, this will be a neat way to earn some money. Thanks for the new lead!


January 8, 2014 at 9:13 pm

How’s it going?? Tell us alll about it!!


May 28, 2015 at 1:01 pm

The Real inside scoop.
I currently work at fancy hands, I make about $200 every 2 weeks sometimes a little more if I spend all day every day logged in. They say you get paid every 2 weeks and you do, but it is NOT every other Tuesday. The payments are processed every other Tuesday through dwolla, it takes dwolla 2 days to process your payment then you have to transfer your money to your bank which takes another day or two depending on your bank. So technically you get paid every other Friday. But they continue to say payday is Tuesday. If payday was every other Tuesday and you know the institution you pay through takes 2 days to process they should submit the payroll a few days prior to so that you have access to your pay on payday. They don’t seem to understand that payday means the day you actually get paid and have access to your money not the day your pay is processed. Second, clients will pay you $2.75 to research 10 + things like for instance. A client will send something like “find me a list of 20 home builders in Nebraska” you can send a message to a manager telling them it will take longer than 20 minutes to complete that task so you can get paid more than $2.75 but it is not guaranteed they will approve it. If they do the client can add $1 and you’re expected to complete it for $3.75. Third, a client can add extra to the task once you have completed it, for instance, after you submit all 20 homebuilders for $3.75 and close the task the client can reopen it asking you to call them all for a quote, so now you will not be paid that $3.75 until you call all the companies and get that quote. You can send a message to the manager (it’s only 2 managers) stating that the client has added to the task but you are required to complete it. See the client is always right and they WILL NOT support the assistants at all. So now if you unclaim the task you have done the work for nothing and the next assistant that makes the calls gets credit for the entire task (you will not be paid for it at all). It’s also a good chance that a manager will give you that same task back telling you that you have to complete it which means it is an open task in your queue and you cannot claim or even see any other task until you complete that one for $3.75. They will also threaten to deactivate your account if you unclaim too many task. Mentors are not on the same page. They have to approve the task before it closes, you will not get credit until it is closed. Some mentors will approve and close and some will send it back because they don’t like the way you worded something (although) you’re grammar was correct and they may not be as business smart as you so they don’t understand corporate language. Or, you may have a question for the client because you want to clarify something to be sure to return the correct results. The mentor may deny it and tell you what they think the client means, so you can send it to a manager who will most likely agree with the mentor, then, you do what they say and the client rejects it stating that you obviously did not understand what they were asking for. So to sum it all up, you can do 30 tasks in a 2 week time frame and receive $100-$200 for that 2 weeks. What I do is take those larger task and send it to a manager for more pay, if you break it down, literally, you may get lucky, the manager approves it and you could get $10-15 for a task of 100 listings. But it’s a 50/50 chance it will be approved. I personally have been there 3 months and am on my way out. Some of the mentors are rude and they have have their favorites. Who ever heard of cliques on a work at home job, believe me they have them and the forum proves that. But judge for yourself if you like. I personally would not refer this company to my friends or relatives.

Miranda Grimm

May 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Thank you for sharing some insight from your experience working as a virtual assistant for Fancy Hands. This is very valuable for those considering the company. Thanks again!


July 13, 2015 at 3:34 am

I completely agree with this post….I couldn’t log on for less than 12 hours and got my account suspended…(you can’t set delays based on when you can work…only when the client can be served) the managers are a joke and I’m pretty sure they don’t even read your questions you ask them to complete tasks…just give you a prefabricated answer… and the mentors are OK…..but they all have different expectations of you…. so you finish one suggestion only for another to come along and make you redo it (you’re not guaranteed same mentor on any task)…. all while the client waits and thinks you’re incompetent because you can never reply in a timely fashion *you have to wait for mentor approval to even ask a question………also, forget about the “suggestion forum” if you’re an assistant….they just bash you for any idea that you have about FH doing something different…… They treat you like ingrates…..and wonder why they can’t keep good assistants…. I worked an entire month…. from 4-10 am and 5-8 pm daily plus tons of hours on the weekend….and made only $200…. I’m no stranger to the internet or any tasks the client wanted done…it’s just more and more work for only $2.75…..


September 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Thanks for the lead! I found your website yesterday and have been browsing through your entries. I will definitely subscribe!


September 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm

I have not heard back as of yet 🙂


October 5, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Could someone please tell me how to actually apply for an assistant position with fancyhands? I emailed the owner directly through another listing he had posted for programmers. He wrote me back and said I had to find the “application.”

Miranda Grimm

October 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm will take you there, but it could disappear when they stop hiring.


July 12, 2012 at 9:05 pm

WOW. I remember trying to get on with these guys when I first found this post – last year. The site seemed rather amateur and a little weird so I never finished applying. Wish I had, they look a thousand times better and have massive proof of legitimacy. While I’m bummed they are currently not accepting applications, I LOVE that they don’t take everyone so there is a better chance for work. Definitely going to keep checking.

Laurie Pool

August 15, 2012 at 10:37 am

I just finished having an IM conversation with Mr. Gary Scott. I am assuming he is an executive with Fancy Hands. When I began asking him questions about the check he would be sending for me to purchase some necessary computer hardware…..he not only didn’t answer my questions, he abruptly signed off. I am not saying that Fancy Hands and the offer of employment is not legitimate, I am just saying it seems odd to interview online, then when I begin asking questions, he suddenly and abruptly signs off…….curious.

Petra Haeusler

September 30, 2012 at 9:18 am

I also had an interview online. Mrs. Devora from “Fancy Hands” told me that they send the check to see if I can handle a trusted “sum”. You are supposed to deposit the check and send some of it to the vendor of the computer hardware.
Did anybody has an experience with this? It seems to be a little bit strange to me.
But so far I did not receive it.


September 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hello Petra,

I have been working for Fancy Hands for 4 days now. I never spoke to anyone regarding a check or had an interview online. I did however had to do a voice test, and answer some questions. That was it.


September 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I just started working here as well and there was no interview process that I needed to do. I just received an email stating that I was hired after filling out their app. All you had to do was do this voice test and answer some questions on the application and then send it. I do not know what you are talking about, but I think that you are referring to another company. I am sorry about that.


February 13, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Anyone telling you that they will be sending you a check to purchase anything is a scammer. They are using fancy hands as the bait. It is no different than any other scam where they tell you they will send you a check to deposit, then ask you to send money back…all the while it is a bad check! IF YOUR GUT TELLS YOU IT’S ODD–DON’T DO IT.


November 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I think this is probably a scam if they are telling you they will send you a check and then you deposit the check and send money to someone else. Because you send the money to the guy and then the check bounces. they get free money you get screwed and it is a common scam going around now. Not sure why anyone would even ask you to do it really.


November 8, 2012 at 7:08 am

Petra and Laurie this is definitely a scam which I find curious because Fancy Hands is not a scam. Are you sure you were on the website? I might run a virus scan to ensure you are not being sent a bogus job lead somehow


November 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I just got hired at FancyHands. The two posters above stating they had and “interview”… there’s NO interview process. Whatever site you were on was a scam. Also, it looks like most tasks range from $5-6, and are done pretty quickly. Most of the clients will ask you to bill for more time if it takes longer than expected. So… we’ll see. 🙂


February 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm

FYI….Fancy Hands has a Fraud Alert posted under the ‘careers’ section on their website. People are posing as working for their company. Sounds like some of the above posts definitely could have been scammers


February 20, 2013 at 5:41 pm

I am in the middle of an interview as we speak, I got an email directing me to go on to yahoo messenger for the online interview. the questions and answers seem canned and somewhat vacant and the offer is for $26 an hour which seems a bit ridiculous if they are only charging their clients $1-$5 per task…

Miranda Grimm

February 20, 2013 at 6:24 pm

That doesnt sound like the real Fancy Hands. When I applied there was no interview and you are definitely not paid $26 an hour. I still have an active account there and you are paid a few dollars per task only. I would run from whatever interview. 🙁


September 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Yes, totally no interview involved with FancyHands.

HORRIBLE COMPANY. This company is absolutely horrible. Scott is an abusive and rude manager who has constant comments in the “worker chat box” about his issues venting his anger at people who have completed tasks. A single $3 task can end up taking hours to complete due to FancyHands allowing any and all customer adding of work, questions, and so on. A worker cannot do a new task until an old task is completed to a manager’s satisfaction. If you write a manager that the work has been completed, you get an answer from Scott, who rants and rips into people and demands that all work be done “ASAP.” Even though it is new work, and not the work claimed by the worker and completed. Failure to jump through any hoop, thus reducing your hourly wage to $1 or less, results in Scott docking your performance score 20 points or disabling your account so you can no longer work (and who knows what will actually get paid of the work completed in good faith). Do NOT use this company unless you enjoy rewarding people for worse than third world bad working conditions. They should be ashamed. There are other virtual assistant companies out there, like Zirtual and other entities.


September 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm


That is so funny you mentioned Scott! I have been working for FancyHands for 4 days now, and I have already had a run in with him. He is a rude, abusive, and just nasty! Out of all the years I have been in customer service, I have never had anyone talk to me the way he has. He had commented on some work I had completed for a customer, and the way he stated it was just arrogant. However, I am NOT the one to take crap from anyone, so we had it out on the “I have a question for a FancyHands Manager.” Boy let me tell you, he did not like that one bit! I guess I won’t be with them long. You have described FancyHands perfectly! I am not to sure if I wan’t to continue working for them, because of all the reason you have stated I know to be true!

Good luck Nicole


March 27, 2014 at 10:20 pm

I agree with you 100%. The same thing happened to me also w/in a week of getting hired. I completed a task involving research,it got approved and thus I earned a whole 2.75. A week and a half later I got an email that the task was re-opened b/c the client “responded” this could mean she wanted more information, that she said thank you, who knows, because when I went back on the website it had crashed and I was not able to see what I needed to do. This was at midnight. First thing next morning it was back up and I found that the task had been unclaimed meaning someone else gets paid for all the work I did. I emailed the same manager and he completely ignored my points that the website was down, that I did the work asked of me and told me that I wasn’t staying on top of my work, etc. As soon as I get the money I have earned I’m quitting, there is no respect for the employees here, it’s all whatever the client wants. What it boils down to is, they pay you a measly few bucks for tasks that require extensive research and find loopholes to not pay you when you do the work. They do not care about the employees because they will just find more bodies that haven’t learned this yet.


September 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I just wish I had taken yall’s comments seriously. I’ve been working for them about 2 weeks and I’m ready to quit because of how they do things.


March 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Unless you really need the money, don’t go to Fancy Hands. For starters, even though you are deemed an independent contractor, your manger says otherwise. And he’s not nice about it, either. Also, even though their terms of service says 15 min per task, it’s never going to work out that way. And, if it does, client usually kicks it back wanting more. And the manager will always side with the client. I see a HIGH turnaround of people at FH, and I think it’s because of this mentality that they have — client wins, no matter if the facts say otherwise. I did a task and got paid for it, but apparently the client, instead of replying to my work and saying what I provided wasn’t quite what he was looking for, boo-hoo’d to manager and I got a nasty email from the manager (mind you, this was 10 days after the task was done) telling me to do it over and to do so ASAP!!! Because we don’t work set hours, I wasn’t at a computer when the email came in (via my phone). Because I spoke my mind to this manager before, he’s threatened to suspend me, so I knew that if I didn’t get to a computer fast and finish this, I was going to lose my position. So, went to a public library to log on and re-do the task. Took me an hour to get it right, an hour of work after I had already been paid. $2.75. The original work I did on the task was about 25 min. So I earned $2.75 for an hour and 25 minutes worth of work. I work at FH because I have to, I’m unemployed right now, and I have ill parents to care for, so working from home is convenient. But, you need to realize you’re not going to make a ton, and dot ever “i” and cross every “T” or you will be reprimanded by Mr. Not-So-Nice manager, your boss even though you’re technically independently employed.


March 20, 2013 at 11:32 am

I’ve been working with Fancy Hands for a bit. It took about 8 weeks to start making decent money. There’s a learning curve on how to prepare the answers quickly. I can consistently complete tasks in 15-20 minutes now. When I started, I was making 2 bucks an hour because of how slow I was.

I don’t mind that the client always comes first. Without the clients, there is no work.

My advice is to never, ever do anything for the manager to be involved. Don’t ask questions. Just keep your head down and try not to do anything that is noticed. If you do need the manager, say you are sorry 1000 times for disturbing them. Even then you’ll walk away bruised. It sucks!

Also, never, ever take a task from an employee except from the owner. They are tricks. The person submitting it already has the answers. If your answers aren’t an exact match to a question with multiple answers, all hell breaks loose and you end up feeling like you are too dumb to be alive. Some employees do not follow the terms of service that the clients are asked to follow about being nice to the assistants. Now that I know that, I just avoid them.

The turnover is crazy. I think people get scared off by 2 things. 1 – it takes time to become fast at the tasks and 2 – the nasty grams from Fancy Hands employees. If Fancy Hands employees would follow the same terms of service as the clients do, the turnover would be much less. They don’t care though because there are 100’s waiting in line to work for them. There is no incentive for them to be nice to the assistants. Their slogan is send stuff you don’t like to do (crap work). I think that the employees think we are below them because we will do stuff no one else wants to do.

Overall, I like it. Being able to only choose things that I want to do is great. I like working independently so the lack of support doesn’t bother me. Give yourself a few weeks before giving up. Once you’ve passed the learning curve you can make a decent hourly wage.


March 29, 2013 at 2:08 am

Anon: I hope you don’t mind me asking but could you give me an approximate amount of what your making an hour? I know this is a question your never supposed to ask anyone, but I just applied with Fancy Hands and if they were to offer me a position I don’t want to waste my time if the overall pay is not going to be worth it for me. I also wanted to know, how many hours a week do you work? Is this something you could do at night as a second job? Thanks for any information you can provide me.


September 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm


I work for FancyHands, I can make up to $10.00 an hour. It can be much less just depends on the amount of time you want to put in. I think you just have to remember that you are working per task. If you can work independently, and don’t mind the scolding you get when you ask questions, then fancyHands is the place for you! I work about 8 hours give n take. 4 hours in the afternoon, and 4 hours at night.


March 31, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I have no problem that the clients come first, when they are right. But when they ask you to do xy and z, and then they come back and say ok now do abcde and f, and you question it, that a$$ of a manager comes back and says do it anyway. That was where I was coming from. And yeah, you better do everything and anything to fly under the radar. Scott will bite your head off if you don’t.


April 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Carol, Fancy Hands is definitely doable after your day job. In fact, that’s the perfect way to do it. I’m averaging about $10-15 an hour so not a fortune but okay for what the work is. However, it took me two months to start making that. At first I made a ridiculous wage per hour because of being slow. Now, I have lots of bookmarks as resources and experience knowing which tasks I can do quickly which ones will take me hours. I skip the ones that will take me hours.

Lately, I’m finding tasks (that I’m qualified for and can do fairly quickly) any time I check for work. Like triple the amount from when I started. They must be advertising like crazy.

I hear you KC. You learn which clients are like that though. I keep a list of who I won’t take work from anymore because it’s not worth it with the follow ups! You are supposed to be able to question it, but if you question that means you aren’t flying under the radar which goes back to my first comment.


May 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm

This place really is a joke. They pay so little money for tasks that take a long time. The mentors are really rude, especially Scott. It’s not worth your time honestly.


June 11, 2013 at 12:23 am

I have worked for Fancy Hands for almost a year now. I love the work and once you get to know the manager he is a nice guy. You have to think about how much crap he deals with from disgruntled clients and ungrateful assistants. If you don’t want to put the time and effort into a task don’t take it simple as that move on and choose something else. I don’t like the fact that someone from Fancy Hands is on here using my name when I am pretty confidant I am the only KC at Fancy Hands.


July 24, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I was very excited to work for Fancy Hands. Thought it was a GREAT idea and figured it would pay in the realm of $9 – $12 an hour. Don’t be fool though, the “tasks” are actually small projects. Clients can re open tasks days later asking for additional info, or they are not satisfied with your original results. While the convenience is nice, the pay is 3rd world. Literally, its less than minimum wage most of the time. Their is a reason that most companies that offer a similar service are based over seas. Its unfortunate, I think that its a great service, but customers aren’t realistic enough. $45 for 15 tasks… business model just doesnt add up. Sure, if each phone call and quote I got was considered 1 task I would be fine with that. However, when a customer asks you to call around and get quotes for a wedding from 7 different companies and the food must be this and the colors must be that and all this stuff for just $3.50…. mmm no thanks.

Like I said, I like the idea. Fancy Hands needs to either raise the price of service, or actually charge for single tasks, not allowing people to send in a to do list and then pay them $4 an hr to do it. Fancy Hands is Bullshit!


September 14, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Totally agree!


September 10, 2013 at 9:25 am

Interesting that someone posed as another Fancy Hander, although it could be the initials of their name. Anyway, I understand why Scott may come across as an ass, but really, he doesn’t have to all the time. My big gripe is Mandie. If you question her task as a mentor, she whaa whaa’s to Scott. Crap if you ask me, we all make mistakes, but Mandie and Allen seem to think they are Gods gift.


September 14, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Don’t forget about Scott! I have not had any run-ins with Mandie or Allen, just Scott.


September 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hi Christina,

I am the Allen that works at Fancy Hands and I am guessing that I have come off to you in a manner that has been less than gracious based on your comment here on the thread. For that I do apologize and do hope your experience with Fancy Hands only improves. Hope to see you around on the boards.


October 24, 2013 at 9:32 am

SCOTT is a jerk. And I know Karyn monitors these sites, so I don’t understand why they don’t do something about him. As for Allen, I have not had any problems with him, but I can tell from the forum he can come off as a bit on the arrogant side at times. Mandie, however, forget. I mentored a task she did once, and she made a mistake. But, yes, she wahh wahhed to Scott. Whatever, Mandie. I have been absent from FH for awhile now because I found another job that has wonderful employees and a super sweet manager. I did jump on FH a few days ago to just pick up a task, and it was one of those things where I put in a lot of time but client kicked it back wanting more. I said screw it, and I unclaimed it. Scott reassigned the task to me and told me to work on it ASAP! Screw him, I let the timer run out on the task.


October 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Wow, I was just going to apply for FH after seeing their Craigslist post but these reviews have turned me off to the idea completely! Sounds fun in theory but not according to what the workers state here. I just had an interview with NexRep this morning so gonna go with that instead, their reviews are far more favorable. Too bad FH’s doesn’t offer better pay & work environment, sounds like a nightmare & definitely not what I’m looking for these days..

Rather not say

January 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

I have worked at Fancy Hands for about 10 months. I will explain how it works. There are a lists of tasks for you to choose from. Each task has a price based on how much work needs to be done. The prices range from $2.95 to $7.00. The longer the task has been sitting the more you make. They expect that the tasks take about 20 minutes to complete but sometimes they can run on for weeks. (5 minutes here, five minutes there) They now have a virtual phone you can use, so you do not need a cell phone. I have to agree with others here about Scott. He can sometimes be really rude. I have had him send messages to me that were completely uncalled for and weren’t even my fault, they were a mentors. Mentors check your work before you send it to the client. If they do not like the answer that was given they will ask you to change it. It seems like they don’t all follow the same rules, because many times they will have me change things and then have another mentor tell me to change it back. Of course these are only rare instances. I have always gotten paid, sometimes FH has issues but since they switched to only using Dwolla they haven’t had as many issues. They pay every two weeks. How much you make varies. There were pay periods I only made $100 and others I made $600. It all depends on the types of tasks available. I also enjoy if I have a problem I can email the owner Ted Roden and he will personally respond to me. Over all if you need extra money, it is worth it.


March 21, 2014 at 9:38 pm

FH was my first VA job and it was a good starting point as it motivated me to get a better work-at-home job. Comments are true about that particular manager and the business model needs some work. Clients are demanding when they shouldn’t be, they need to be told to submit small tasks not big ones like “Find me the top 5 car dealers in my area and call each one to get a quote for monthly payments on X, Y, and Z car” That would include doing research for the area, calling each one and tracking what each one says, calling them back if not available, calling them back if left voicemail then relaying messages. All within 15 minutes? Nope, it doesn’t happen.

It really helped me to understand what a VA was all about, how to address clients, vendors, etc and doing secretarial work. Since then, I find work on Elance and contrary to what most people think…you can definitely outdo oversea bidders with a top notch profile, resume, proposal and good ratings. Bid low at first for jobs that are quick turnaround ie, transcription, research etc Then get long term clients where they will see your good feedback and you can charge a decent rate. I’m one of the top VA freelancers on there so I can attest that it’s a great platform, well-known investors there, platform is continuously updated, and Elance is always endorsed when someone does write ups on VAs on blogs…so it only makes sense that clients are on there looking for VAs.

FH is only there as a good starting point but I highly recommend doing research on the VA industry and how to have your own successful VA business.


June 13, 2014 at 4:59 pm

I know we are not the only ones with complaints about Scott. He’s horrible. It isn’t right to dismiss his behavior because there’s always going to be hundreds of people with applications out there. He’s so ride and abusive and he talks down to people. I have gone back and forth with him and this is just my first week! I don’t take well to people talking down to me especially when I’m new. I’m not going to be Perfect. I’ll make mistakes. Don’t berate me and make me feel stupid. Cause that’s the last thing I am. He is going to ruin their business one day. One day.. Wish we could go on strike. He’s a nightmare. He must be a lonely person in real life to act this way via a keyboard