MAKE MONEY ONLINE AS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT

Updated: 02/10/2009 01:42
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There are many opportunities on the Internet where you can apply to make money from the comfort of home.

There are many opportunities on the Internet where you can apply to make money from the comfort of home. One way you can make money on the internet is by becoming a virtual assistant. There are many companies are outsourcing various types of tasks by employing virtual assistants via online. You can make money by helping them via online.

If currently you are working as an administrative or account assistant, computer programmer, or paralegal, and thinking of working from home to take care of your children, to minimize gas cost or even to spend more quality time for yourself and your family, now this is your chance. You can now work as a virtual assistant from home.

Usually virtual assistants, who are mostly self employed people will be hired by small firms or consulting group in order for these companies to reduce their costs instead of hiring permanent and full time staffs to carry out tasks such as administrative, secretarial and account support, or technical support and service for customers, or pre sales and post sales supports, and many more. This way the companies can decrease the salary cost as well as other staff benefits cost.

Most of the time, virtual assistants communicate with the employers and deliver the carried out tasks over both online and offline type of communication such as email, teleconference, instant messenger, fax, as well as phone. Nowadays, the mode of communication is more into online as it is cheap, fast, convenient, effective, hassle-free, and paper-less too.

Virtual assistants usually work under certain agreements and certain duration of time. Working under contract gives the virtual assistant more freedom to work with a few companies at the same periods of time and perform the tasks whenever they want during the free time. However, do not be greedy by becoming virtual assistant for several companies and in the end fail to accomplish the tasks given within the date line.

The rates that you can expect to receive when you work as a virtual assistant are based on your qualification and experience. You can expect the rate scale to be somewhere around $ 20 - $ 40 per hour. This is a fair rate if you take into account the various costs that you can save and avoid by working from home.

Are you interested to work from home and make money on the internet as a virtual assistant? Here are ways how to find job as a virtual assistant.

Now we come to the important question. How to find work as a virtual assistant. The easiest way to find it is by submitting an application to an employment agency. The agency can find the work for you but you need to pay their service fee. So, when you receive your first wage, the agency will then deduct a small percentage from it.

You also have the chance to apply directly to individuals or businesses who in need of a virtual assistant. However, this approach may take sometime in comparison to requesting through an agency as you have to look for those individuals or businesses that seeking for a virtual assistant all by yourself. But the good thing is will get your full wage without the need to pay the agency's service fee.

Here are some tips on how you can increase your chance on getting the first virtual assistant job.

You can also visit several freelance websites to search for virtual assistant vacancy post. When you sign up with these freelance websites make sure to complete your profile as details as possible describing your qualifications, expertise, skills, experience, as well as references to your previous and current jobs and employers if any. This step is crucial because many prospective employers their search for future staffs by reading on profiles. So, you should give them a good first impression with your profile so that they may select you as short listed candidate.

Upon completing fill up your profile, you can begin applying for virtual assistant jobs. To get the first few of employers can be pretty tough because they can not actually see you in person, As how the job called, you and your employer will only communicate or ‘meet' virtually, thus the employers will depend solely on your profile or resume. And also usually they will conduct online interviews and asking further questions via email or instant messenger before they finally choose the candidate. However, you should not be depressed and you must start somehow as a virtual assistant. So, in order to gain better chance to be selected, you can also tell them briefly and convincingly why they should hire you and not someone else for the virtual assistant job, how you can contribute towards the employer and the company, and many more.

You also can negotiate your expected wages and working conditions. You may consider asking for a little bit low wage because you need to prove yourself first in the beginning process of your career as a virtual assistant. Most of the time, virtual assistant jobs are for temporary or short period of time, where the company hires you until the tasks are completed. Therefore, prior to start working with your future first company, you should talk with the employer what they want you to do and what they expect from you to perform. It is advisable to perform well and over deliver for your first couple of tasks which is vital for you to grow your reputation and get positive feedback or recommendations. Then it will be easier for you to find work next time.

Make sure to give the best quality work and meet the dead line for your first a few of virtual assistant job opportunities. You may want to impress them and make them feel that your job performance is far way exceeds their expectations. This way they may come back to you soon with other works or they will recommend you to other companies, thus you can make money. You can make money on the internet by working as a virtual assistant from home.


About the author

Brett Sherpan has been working for seven years writing and editing for online and print media. He has held various editing and copywriting positions and can quickly and competently write copy for sales, marketing and editorial content. Brett is a consistently dependable team player, who thrives in a high-pressure environment, enjoying the challenges of meeting deadlines and am comfortable researching, writing and editing on a wide range of topics
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