One of the easiest ways to make money as a stay at home mom is to work from home as a virtual assistant. All you need is an internet connection and you can set up your own VA business and start earning money at home.
When our kids were young, I tried so many different jobs/careers from home. It's actually kind of funny how many things I tried, just so I could stay home with them. The jobs were pretty varied…I sold toys and tea tree oil through a couple of network marketing companies, I sold life insurance and investments, I ran an online home decor company (with a heavy focus on primitive country decor of all things) and then I finally started blogging, which I obviously love and stuck with. I do sometimes wonder though, had it been around at the time, if I would have chosen to work from home as a virtual assistant, instead of all those other things.
How to Work from Home as a Virtual Assistant
Are you home with your kids, wishing to contribute to the family budget like I was/am? Are you looking for a great job you can do from home? Have you ever considered being a virtual assistant? One of the easiest ways to make money as a stay at home mom is to work from home as a virtual assistant (VA). All you need is an internet connection and you can set up your own VA business and start earning money at home.
Who Is Suited to Being a Virtual Assistant?
This is great for stay at home moms, people with disabilities, someone looking for a part time job, or anyone who wants to earn some cash on the side without working a traditional job outside of the home. One of the best parts of a work-from-home job like this is the flexibility it gives you.
What Do Virtual Assistants Do?
Virtual assistants can choose from a variety of tasks to help their clients. You may choose to stick with just one or two tasks you are very skilled in, or you can choose to do a variety of tasks. Some people find it works out better to specialize and to get really good at a specific set of skills so that they can charge more money for them. Other people like to be a Jack or Jill of all Trades and keep some variety in what they do. There isn’t really a right or wrong way to do it, which is part of the fun and ease of being a virtual assistant.
Here are some of the types of tasks virtual assistants can do:
- Making phone calls
- Blog management
- Email correspondence
- Internet research
- Data entry
- Tech support
- Customer service
- Event planning
- Social media management
You can choose from this list, or build your own, based on the things you already know how to do or that you can teach yourself to do quickly and easily.
We use VA's in our business for everything from creating printables, email newsletter creation, Pinterest scheduling and maintenance, sharing our posts on social media and other tasks like post research.
How Much Can You Charge as a VA?
The amount of money you make as a virtual assistant will vary according to your specific skills and how much experience you have. The longer you’ve been doing it, the more you can charge. The more unique your set of skills, the more you can charge. That said, you can make a decent living as a VA even if you’re a beginner if you are dedicated and determined.
You must deliver quality work and deliver on time. When people hire a VA, it’s typically because they are pressed for time themselves and they want to delegate some of their workload. They’re depending on you to get the job done right. If you want them to continue hiring you, and even to refer you to friends and co-workers, you need to be dependable. You should always deliver 110% and deliver on time (or before it’s due). Clients will notice and appreciate your hard work.
How Do You Decide What Services to Offer as a VA?
If you choose to work as a VA from home, you’ll want to first pull from some background experience you already have. Are you experienced in graphic design? Are you a very fast typist? Have you worked a desk or secretarial job before? Use this past experience to help you get into the VA scene.
How Do You Find Clients as a VA?
You also have different options when it comes to choosing clients. You can freelance and work for yourself. This might be a good option if you’re working from home and want to maintain a flexible schedule. You will have complete control over which clients you take, how much work you do, and what work you do. There are private Facebook groups for VA's that you may be able to join too. Just do a search in Facebook for VA groups to see what you can come up with.
If you’re not comfortable with pitching clients, making contracts, and dealing with all the details of managing a business, you could choose to work with a VA company. Sites like Time Etc., Worldwide101, and Fancy Hands hire VAs for remote work, usually based by the hour, or per project.
Now that you can see how to work from home as a virtual assistant, you’re ready to start! Just brainstorm all the things you could help with, how many hours you could work a week and what you past experience is. Then get the word out there about what you can offer!
Have you ever considered working from home? Have you thought about working as a virtual assistant?
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