I think we all could use a little more money these days.
One of the best ways to make money from home is to become a virtual assistant.
What is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant is someone who works from a computer (usually at home) and helps someone perform tasks with just an internet connection.
It’s one of the most popular ways people are earning money online today.
Companies and people who run their own businesses outsource work for others to do. They simply can’t do all of the work themselves. So that’s where you come in, the virtual assistant.
You look for jobs where you feel you can match the job description and then you apply for the job.
Each job is very different and will require various amounts of skill. How you’re hired can be very different from job to job as well.
For the most part, the more simple the task, the easier the hiring process is.
Some jobs last a few tasks and some jobs will pay you a steady income for many many months into the future. It really depends on the job description!
With all that said, here are my 5 favourite places to become a virtual assistant.
Check these websites out. They have a ton of various types of jobs for you so earning money is just around the corner.
5 Best Places To Get Virtual Assistant Jobs
I love Upwork. They are one of the most popular virtual assistant / personal assistant websites to find work online.
Most of the type of work is freelance work, which is basically piece work. For example, someone may be looking to hire a writer to write 20 articles about general health topics. Once you finish writing the 20 articles, then your job is complete and you are done.
Sometimes when you perform great work you will be able to stay on with the company/person who hired you and they will get you to do other work. This happens a lot because they learn about you and learn how you write. It’s much easier to re-hire someone you’ve already worked with that you know is reliable and does good work. So make sure you do great work and stay connected with your communication.
Upwork has pretty much as broad of categories as you can find. There are writing jobs, legal work, simple tasks like data entry and transcribing, admin support, and research things on the internet.
You don’t really need any special skills to be a great virtual assistant. There are a lot of simple jobs to get you started. Of course, if you are a great writer, you can look for jobs that require higher quality writing. These jobs will typically pay more money as well, as an example.
But simple jobs like data entry anyone can do. As long as you can navigate simple software and have basic computer skills you should be good to go. Be accurate too!
Anyhow, Upwork is full of these types of simple virtual assistant jobs. It’s definitely a place I would begin looking for virtual assistant jobs.
Visit upwork.com here.
Freelancer is where I got started with the virtual assistant business. I was someone looking for articles to be written and I found Freelancer.
They helped me find a lot of good quality writers who were eager to make money and write for my blog.
I’d say the most important thing you can do to succeed in finding work with Freelancer is to make sure you stand out. Even if you are brand new and have zero reputation or work done, you can still stand out by doing one thing great.
You want to send a personalized message to the person who is looking to hire you. Tell them who you are and what you will do for them. Be someone who can’t be ignored. As someone who gets a ton of messages, I can tell which ones are automated and copy and pasted all over the place.
Trust me when I say this, success at getting jobs is as easy as being personable and honest. Even offer to write something for free to get started. You will stand out like mad.
Freelancer is a very good place to find all types of work. It’s one of my favorite personal assistant job places. They have work for just about everything as well, much like Upwork.
You can find work researching information, data entry, answering phone calls and emails, writing is a big one, or drawing pictures.
Check out freelancer.com here.
3. Mechanical Turk
Mechanical Turk is an interesting place to find work. They are run by Amazon actually, and jobs on there pretty varied as well.
Essentially, there are jobs that humans can do better than computers. And mechanical Turk aims to help get humans doing these jobs for companies looking to pay.
Overall, Mechanical Turk have more simple jobs and they are more straight forward. You’ll also find they typically pay less for the jobs as well because if its simplicity.
Tasks you could do are identifying objects in a photo or video, transcribing audio or video recordings, or performing research on the internet.
Check out Mechanical Turk Here.
Guru is a pretty cool place to get hired as an online freelancer as well!
I like Guru for their more complex jobs. Freelancer as well as Upwork have more complex jobs too, but it seems like Guru has more of it from what I’ve seen.
Anyhow, you’ll be able to find all sorts of jobs on Guru as well. I’m looking at their job pace right now and here’s what I’m seeing right now:
Hiring an engineer with programming experience
A data entry operator level 1 that pays 12-28 dollars an hour
A voice over for an educational video that will pay a fixed price for the completion of the job
These are just the top 3 results that show.
You will find a ton of jobs on Guru.
Popular categories of work include sales and marketing, writing and translation, design arts and media, web and IT, legal, management and finance, and admin support.
It’s really big on Web related skills and IT skills. So if you are familiar with this type of work, I would start with GURU.
Check out guru.com here.
Indeed is a very popular website that helps you find jobs. Most of their jobs are the typical jobs where you go into work every day.
But they have a section for Freelance work and it’s really good. It will show you a bunch of current companies looking to hire people to work from home.
These are mostly real companies rather than a person or really small business looking to out source some work. So you will more likely find that these jobs can be steadier and more reliable. But this isn’t always the case.
You can sort jobs by estimated salary as well. With freelance work, or virtual assistant work, a lot of the jobs are generally temporary. You complete the task and you are done. And then you need to look elsewhere for more work if your current employer doesn’t have any more work for you.
It can be stable or unstable. If you’re good though, I believe you should be able to find work.
But Indeed is great because a lot of jobs on there are for longer terms and many companies are looking to hire full time just like if you were to go to the office every day for work.
Check out indeed.com here.
I think working from home is just amazing. I love doing it and I prefer it to going to work and having to directly respond to a boss all the time. Been there done that. I don’t want to live that type of life anymore.
Though being a virtual assistant still means you have a boss to report to, you are working from home and it’s more of a solo mission. You are hired to complete tasks independently and you need to do that to succeed.
It’s nice because you can typically work at your own pace. If you feel like waking up later then you can wake up later. As long as you meet your deadlines you have the freedom to do as you please!
If you’re looking to make extra money on the side or looking for full time work online, becoming a virtual assistant or online freelancer is one of the best ways to do that!
Short of starting your own blogging business of course!
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