Virtual Assistant jobs – find work as a Virtual Assistant?
Many of you will be wanting to start earning money as quickly as possible whilst trying to build up a regular network of clients, so how do you actually find virtual assistant jobs? How to work as a virtual assistant – one way to find virtual assistant jobs is to register as a freelancer on existing sites/platforms and reply to people who have posted virtual assistant jobs that they need completed. Have a look at the bottom to find a few suggestions of websites who offer virtual assistant jobs (in no particular order) that you can sign up to – there are far too many to list here!
Freelancing allows you to:
If taking the plunge sounds a bit scary you could try and fit any new work in around your existing work schedules (if you still want to stay employed whilst setting up your business), appointments, or family commitments.
With this approach you need to be very disciplined with your scheduling as you can get easily distracted by other demands that are made of you.
Choose your style of work
Do you offer specialised services? Can you offer something different to a niche market? Being a freelancer gives you the freedom to choose the work that interests you. The list of opportunities is endless, but here are a few to whet your appetite. Just remember to only offer what you can deliver!
- Content writing
- Translation services
- Secretarial services
- Data Management
- IT support
- Audio transcription work
- Word processing
- Data entry
- Call handling
- Email management
- Excel spreadsheet developer
- Social media management
- Website design, development and support
- Website maintenance
- Content creation
- Diary management
- Mail shots
- Project management
- Customer service
Work from anywhere
This is a big attraction as it allows you the flexibility of working from anywhere – and we mean literally anywhere!!
With a good internet connection you can be anywhere in the world – in your home office, in the airport lounge, sailing the sevens seas, lying by the pool or dipping your toes in the ocean – as long as the work is delivered in a professional and timely manner no one will be any the wiser.
If you want to stay a bit closer to home then you will ultimately benefit from not having the long morning commute to the office.
Note – working remotely can actually make you more productive as there is no daily commute and there are less interruptions from work colleagues popping over to your desk for a chat.
Control your earnings
No longer will you have to suffer the drudgery of working 9 to 5 on a set hourly rate set by your employer. You have full control over how much to charge each client, whether that is on an hourly basis, a project basis, a daily rate, etc.
You can choose to work the hours that suit you. Want to start early and finish late? Want to work the weekend? The choice is yours. But do remember to give yourself periods of time off or you will burn out very quickly.
Choose how much you earn
As a freelancer, you have the ability to negotiate a price with your client, raising and lowering prices as you see fit. Check out what your competitors are charging for the same type of service. Don’t undersell yourself and don’t go in with too low a rate at the beginning. If you do want to offer a discount remember to clearly show the starting price with the discount, this will allow you to raise the price back to its correct level once any discount period ends.
Run your own business
So after reading up as much information as you can about setting up as a freelance assistant now it is time to put everything in practice!
There are so many things to learn running your own business, both on the client side but also your side. Invoicing, time-keeping, tax returns, equipment failures, IT issues – the list goes on. Get help when needed – don’t waste time when you can pay a freelancer to sort it out for you (sound familiar?)
As a freelance assistant you will have to learn the art of negotiation. Each client will require your undivided attention, and each one will have their own style of working. Adopt a flexible approach, get to know what they need, and build on that relationship.
As mentioned earlier one option may be to continue with your regular employment whilst you get your business up and running. This may allow you to get a feel for whether running your own business is actually the right thing for you. Alternatively, you may be willing to take the risk and throw yourself head and shoulders into getting your new business venture off the ground.
Whatever approach you choose – good luck.
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