If you are looking for a true work-at-home experience, have you considered being a Virtual Assistant (or VA)?
As long as you have the Internet, computer and some administration skills (which lots of women do as they often came from an office environment, before having bubs), you can easily establish yourself as a Virtual Assistant. Below is our guideline on how to become a virtual assistant and work from home:
What can you expect?
A Virtual Assistant is someone who works independently for their client as a “contractor” completing various administration and secretarial tasks, usually from their own home office.
Here is an example of how this might work: You sign up a client to manage his diary (as he does a lot of travelling for work). Every time a meeting is booked interstate, you can:
- Book the flights
- Book the accommodation
- Book the hire car
- Add the details to his electronic diary
- Email his bookkeeper the tax invoices
- Send him the reservation details
All completed online!
Flexibility in workhours
The flexibility of working as a Virtual Assistant is fantastic. Depending on the services you offer, you can work days, nights and or weekends around your children and other family commitments.
Types of services that you can offer if you have skills in include:
- Word Processing
- Data Entry
- Online Customer Service
- Managing Clients’ Facebook and Twitter accounts
- Diary Management
- Marketing Support (such as printing and posting out letters and flyers).
This is just a small example of what you can offer. Play to your strengths and what you enjoy doing, and consider whether working as a Virtual Assistant will work for you and your family. You will probably end up earning some money each week working in your PJs!
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