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Virtual Secretary Jobs: Who Hires At-Home Workers?
by Melissa Brewer
Many people hire the services of virtual secretaries. If you have specific skills such as web design, technical writing, graphic design, event planning, or working with advanced computer programs, there are many employers who would be interested in hiring you for specific projects or daily tasks. Those with traditional secretarial skills such as typing, editing, updating calendars, email monitoring, and coordinating meetings are also in need for various projects.
Where to Find Virtual Assistant Jobs
When looking for clients, you should start by contacting former employers and others you feel could use your services. Because some people may not know that they need a virtual assistant until the time comes, sending your business card and making periodic phone calls can help you find future work.
If you are looking for immediate work, look through your local newspaper, contact temp agencies, and conduct research online. There are many websites dedicated to helping virtual secretaries and employers find each other. Some of these website are free, while others will cost a monthly or yearly membership fee. On these sites, you will be able to create a profile page that lists your skills, hourly wage, and location so employers can have a better idea of the types of services you offer.
You can also place an ad in the newspaper; create a website or marketing campaign to let local businesses know that you've started a virtual assisting business. Referrals from satisfied clients can also help solidify your reputation and increase your exposure.
Who Hires Virtual Assistants?
Because virtual assistants can work anywhere in the world, you have the opportunity to find work in many different and sometimes unexpected places. Your client list could include the following:
Anyone who is in need of your skills is a potential client. It doesn't matter if they're the head of a large company or if they run a small business from home, the services you offer are valuable to anyone who lacks the time to complete certain daily, monthly, or special tasks.
Typical Work Assignments
Depending on your skill set, you may find yourself working on a variety of projects each week. Typical work assignments range from monitoring email for important messages to planning events. You may also be asked to work on web design projects, edit large documents, coordinate meetings between one or more people, transcription, and typing.
Even if you don't possess all of these skills, you may be asked to work on projects that require them anyway. If you're comfortable learning a new skill, then you should take the opportunity. If not, don't be afraid to turn down work. Clients always appreciate honesty and are usually able to find other projects for you to work on.
If you enjoy working on a variety of projects, then you should find no shortage of virtual office jobs. By maintaining contact with clients, marketing your services often, and providing quality services, you should never have any problems finding enough work.
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