Earn Money Online By Being A Virtual Assistant
With the ease of running online businesses today the demand for virtual assistants has been skyrocketing. This is a good opportunity for people who would enjoy assisting others. This business can make one a full time income very quickly.
Many will ask, “But what about the low cost virtual assistants who charge very little? Won’t they hurt my potential income?”
This is a fair question, but with those low cost virtual assistants typically comes low quality results. Even in countries like India, which is known for low cost labor, the better qualified virtual assistants get a much higher wage than the less qualified ones.
There are sites like odesk.com, elance.com, freelancer.com, and others where you can bid on an hourly rate or flat rate for your services. You can specifically find jobs that interest you and bid on them. If you write well, this will help you considerably, because what you write is the first impression you are giving the potential client. The hourly rates on these sites can range from the very low $2 an hour (this is generally very poor quality assistants, many with extremely limited English skills) to $20+ an hour for the more skilled assistants.
At first you may have to take some lower paying jobs to establish yourself and give yourself a good reputation. If you are serious about being a virtual assistant for a living, then be willing to invest in the business by taking low paying jobs at first to establish yourself. You are not going to be able to go from no jobs completed to $20+ an hour without having proven yourself. No client paying high amounts per hour is taking chances on unproven assistants.
Virtual assistants are basically the online version of being a client’s administrative assistant, receptionist, secretary, etc. Virtual assistants perform many kinds of tasks from scheduling appointments, making and answering phone calls, posting to various social media accounts, researching information, creating reports, performing bookkeeping tasks, writing and answering emails, editing photos and videos, etc. The client will tell you exactly what they are looking for, and it is wise to not take on any jobs that you are not qualified for. This can lead to you not performing well and earning a bad reputation. Be honest with yourself about your skill-set and do not get over your head.
You also want to make sure that the job is something that you want to do all day. If you do not like bookkeeping, then make sure to not take jobs that may require it for long periods of time. Consider the duties that the job requires and choose wisely the jobs that only require the tasks that you want to perform regularly.
Each job should have an estimate of the amount of hours you will be needed. Some clients may want you to perform a job once a week for them, some may be a one time job, and others may want you to work full time for them. You may decide that you would rather have one different client each day of the week, or you may want one client for the whole week.
Make sure that you fully research the virtual assistant opportunity that you are considering. There may be some that are going to be problematic, have unrealistic clients, etc. If the client posts jobs that are very vague and do not seem like they know exactly what they want then it is best to either get their clarification or avoid them. The job should be very clear in what is expected of you and how you are to perform.
If you are a virtual assistant already, please feel free to leave a comment about how you like it and any tips you may have for those considering such as a business.