How to Make Money at Home as a Virtual Assistant
The world truly has become a global village, and the possibility of working from anywhere from the world further enhances that truth. Today, countless number of people now works for employers from the comfort of their homes, – as virtual assistants.
The only thing you need to have is a good computer, and internet access- once you have them, you can start making lots of cash at the convenience of your home. It is better than most offline jobs, because in online jobs, there is nothing like office dress code, and you work at your pace.
If you work full time, you will earn money full time, the same thing happens when you work half time. Your pace or work and level of professionalism determines the amount you make.
Virtual assistants are people who work for business owners, helping them carry out office tasks. Anyone can become a virtual assistant, it will mainly require you to be disciplined and organized too.
What tasks does a Virtual Assistant carry out?
A virtual assistant carries out a variety of tasks for their employers, ranging from administrative services, technical and sometimes even scheduling services. Here we outline various tasks a virtual assistant could be employed to do, thus:
1.Secretarial tasks, some virtual assistants could be employed to work as remote receptionist, and handling jobs that a receptionist does; like answering Skype calls, taking messages, live chat support services and scheduling.
2.Technical writing, the virtual assistant can articles related to the specific field of the employer
3.Search Engine Optimization duties, they can also provide services that ensure the website of the employer ranks high in search engine, and also do general online marketing.
4.Reading and replying to emails, especially for large businesses with high number of emails to be replied, the virtual assistant provides this service.
7.Billing and invoicing
Becoming a Virtual Assistant
The job of a virtual assistant usually does not need specialized knowledge or serious academic skills, and so the employer may not expect any qualifications before you start work. However, you must have a conducive space for your work, since you are most likely going to be working from your house.
A computer with a fast internet connection as well as a phone for answering calls. More so, you must have the intellectual capacity to work as well as the dedication. There are many virtual assistants today, but many of them are not hardworking due to the demanding nature of working online.
Also, if you decide to be working as a virtual assistance, you need to check your time very well. This will help you in knowing whether you will be working full time or on part time basis. Keep in one thing, the more you work determines the amount you earn.
Also an excel spreadsheet may also be required depending on the type of work you will be doing. You also want to have an efficient way of invoicing, so you could go for any of the online applications that provide such services, though they may require fees. But in any case, this is an area of your work you have to be disciplined in.
These days there are a lot of websites that provide the platform to get jobs as a want to be virtual assistant. You have to be aware that you may not really find jobs classified for ‘virtual assistants’, it is left for you to know that most of the job listings are still under that name.
Some of the websites may need you to bid on jobs that are posted by potential employers. Websites like Elance, Freelancer, Odesk all provide opportunities for you to work as a virtual assistant.
Don’t forget that just like every other type of work, working as a virtual assistant also requires your hard work, commitment, dedication and even patience at times. At first you may have to charge low, so you can build your reputation. But you can be sure that by the time you get clients you work for; you will be able to charge a premium for your services.