Are you a mom who is missing a lot of the growing years of your children? Is it a familiar scene to wake up in the morning, rushly preparing for their “baon” and yours and your husband’s? Then after sending them to school you will proceed immediately to your office? And at night you will come home when all of them are already asleep? Or are you an employee who loves to travel but your job hinders you from doing so because you have to punch in at 8:00am and punch out at 5:00pm? Sometimes, no matter how hardworking you are, you will wake up one morning realizing that it has been a tiresome and boring routine going on in your worklife.
Work From Home as a Virtual Assistant
But you’ve got options! The world has evolved now and you can have the freedom to choose to work from home. The power of the internet has a huge impact in changing the platform of how people earn a living. And being a Virtual Assistant is one of those. Virtual Assistants are skilled and professional home-based individuals that offer companies, entrepreneurs or organizations mainly administrative work assistance. If you don’t know where and how to start as a Virtual Assistant, you may consider getting a valuable training before jumping in.
Below are some of the tasks performed by a Virtual Assistant:
- Data Encoder
- Event Planning
- Scheduling of Appointments
- Tech Support
- Social Media Support
- Email Correspondence
- Making phone calls to clients
- Customer Service
- Marketing Virtual Assistant
- Audio/Photo/Video Editing
- Blog Management
- Project Management
What will you need to start as a Virtual Assistant?
- You will need a laptop / desktop
- High-speed internet
- A scanner
- Printer (3 in 1 scanner-copier-printer is better)
- An active phone line
- An area in your house that is free of distractions
As a Virtual Assistant, bear in mind that you are working similar to a self-employed individual. Therefore, you will be the one to manage your monthly/quarterly/annual business/income tax. Starting to work from home can also be distracting because a lot of temptations are around the house and it will be harder for you to focus sometimes. So being disciplined and organized is really a MUST for you to become productive. Other than that, working from home will spare you from the daily traffic and long hour commute plus you’ll get to work and look after your kids or loved ones at the same time, and not to mention working while in your pajamas.
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