Many moms the world over are looking for ways to make money from home. From surveys, to secret shopping, moms have tried many avenues in hopes of earning an income from home. They spend countless hours online searching for legitimate businesses, but few walk away with a clear plan in mind.
As a mompreneur and consultant, I frequently encounter women who want to work from home, but are unsure as to how to get started. I was one of those women a few years ago, looking eagerly for that ideal position that would allow me to make money from home. Because of the challenges I encountered, I decided to write a guide to help other moms navigate the maze of work from home opportunities. Today, I want to highlight one position from that guide: the Virtual Assistant.
A Virtual Assistant provides remote help to business owners on a variety of tasks. They specialize not only in administrative and secretarial duties, but also in nearly every specialty area from internet marketing, bookkeeping, and more.
Being successful at this role requires some crucial skills:
- Must be meticulously organized and able to keep track of many different types of files and information
- Must have a special skill-set that businesses need or at least be familiar with one or more of the following office duties:
- Office administration, General office work
- Data entry/clerical, Word processing
- Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Payroll processing
- Medical billing & coding, Typing and Transcription
- Internet marketing
- Customer service, Sales
- Blogging, Copywriting
- Social media management, WordPress, Web Maintenance, SEO
- Web design and Desktop publishing
In researching this role, here are the Pros and Cons as well as the Estimated Cost to Get Started:
- Your business can be entirely based from home.
- Start up costs can be minimal.
- High-quality resources are available online to help advance your knowledge, skills, and experience.
- Can be challenging to get your first customers.
- May find yourself competing with offshore support personnel who charge a lower per-hour fee.
- You must be willing to continually develop to keep up with advancing technology.
Estimated Cost to start: $0 – $997
- By bidding for jobs online, you can launch your business for no cost. If you want to improve your skills and become more competitive, the top range includes resources to help you build your skills (see Resources section below).
If becoming a virtual assistant is a role you would like to pursue, here are some steps to help you get started:
- Set up your home office with the necessary equipment to do your work: computer with Microsoft Office, printer, fax, high-speed internet, VOIP programs such as Skype, and a dedicated land line or cell phone for business.
- Consider getting your Virtual Assistant (VA) certification and joining a professional association for VA’s.
- Start your job search by contacting free resources such as Virtual Office Temps. Bid for jobs on Guru.com and check job boards (see Resources section).
- Market your skills by creating a website that highlights your skills and experience.
If becoming a Virtual Assistant isn’t your dream position, then check out the other 19 savvy startups and be on your way to making money from home.