Hey guys and gals,
If you're looking for a career that you can do from home then you might want to consider becoming a virtual assistant! If you have experience in customer service, sales, marketing, or just like helping people, then this could really pay off for you.
What A Virtual Assistant Does
A virtual assitant manages reports, takes phone calls, talks to customers and sponsors alike, and several other things that I can't think of right now. A virtual assistant does pretty much everything that a secretary does but without the fetch-some-coffee-and-donuts gig. You'd be working from home and spend several hours at your computer each day. This position, while still a freelance career, has its ups and downs. You'll be able to take breaks when you want to, but not too many. If you have children that you have to take care of, you can still do that, but you'll need to set down some ground rules about disturbing Mommy or Daddy when he/she is working. Generally, you'll need to be familiar with Microsoft Office products such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Most of the time, you'll probably be handling emails and phone calls (some companies will provide you with a separate phone line for this), but you'll also be responsible for filing reports, handling documents, and keeping your boss informed about what's going on with his business. This job can pay anywhere between $10-$20 an hour.
How To Become A Virtual Assistant
To become a virtual assistant, you'll need to go to some sort of website that offers such services (search Google for virtual assistant services), or talk to some reputable businesses in your area. You'd be surprised about how many people need virtual assistants. A lot of business owners simply don't have the time to deal with the consequential elements of their own businesses. The best thing about being a VIRTUAL assistant is that you'll never really be out of work because the Internet provides you with an almost unlimited supply of business owners and any one of them could wind up as your employer.
My Own Virtual Assistant Website
I'm actually thinking about opening my own virtual assitance website that would offer a service to connect virtual assistants and customer support with companies and business owners who need such services. Everyone would have their own account and homepage where they would be able to show off their skills. There would also be a forums for everyone to talk to each other and trade secrets, both virtual assistants and business owners alike. For this astronomical service, I would simply charge $15-$20 a month (for both virtual assistants and business owners) and I'll also supply a newsletter plus a separate email account that people can reach me at to help them with their individual needs. Please let me know whether you think this is something you would be interested in and if you have any suggestions on what I should include in the service, please don't hesitate to speak up.
If you're interested in becoming a virtual assistant and follow through with the information I have provided you, I'm sure you'll have no problem with landing yourself a job in this excellent career.
Thanks for reading,