As more and more companies outsource, there are more opportunities in a wide range of fields for Virtual Assistants (VA). Virtual Assistants may make phone calls, answer emails, make travel arrangements, prepare reports, enter data…..any number of tasks. As a work at home VA, you complete the tasks from your the comfort of your home and can often pick your own hours instead of working the traditional 9-5.
If you like the idea of working from home as a Virtual Assistant begin by making a list of skills you have. Are you skilled in real estate or data entry? Do you have marketing or paralegal skills? Decide what area you are qualified for.
Pay scales for Virtual Assistants range, with averages being around $30.oo an hour for skilled assistants. When you price your services, keep in mind, that you will rarely be offered benefits, insurance, sick pay or other perks.
Set up a home office with the equipment you will need. This may included a secure landline, copy and fax machines, computer etc.
If you are going to be working on the phone, you will want to make sure you have a quiet environment.
The next step is to market yourself so you can get a work at home job as a Virtual Assistant. You can call local companies and offer your services, look on Craigslist and/or use forums such as the Wahm.com, Virtual Assistant Forums.com and VirtualAssistantNetworking.com sites for support and to help you find a work at home job as a Virtual Assistant.
Beause many Virtual Assistant postions are temporary, many Virtual Assistants develop their own website. Potential clients can visit the website to see work samples and references. Check out my posts on how to build a website.
Once you have a job as a Virtual Assistant, ask for references and use these to get future jobs.
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