Working from Home or While on the Road in your RV

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Being a virtual assistant is a job that can be done almost anywhere that you can get an internet connection. One of the reasons that I really like my job is that my husband and I like to travel in our RV and it gives me the freedom to work on the road. My husband is disabled and has several medical issues and needs someone to be close by so I stay at home with him. Freelance work gives me the best opportunity to work and be there for him as much as possible. I also love article writing, editing, blog posting, forum moderating and helping others so this is the perfect job choice for me.  If you are a full-time RV’er and you have marketable skills then this is something to really consider doing when you are out on the road.

First you will need to figure out what services you can provide and what your niche will be. Think about the skills you have and write them all down. Some VA‘s specialize in one or two areas but some offer a wide variety of services. Sometimes, they do this and then subcontract out what they don’t have the time or skills for. A good way to be able to provide a broader range of services is to collaborate with a few other people who are great at doing different things and then trade services with them.

There are several freelance websites that you can use, including Elance, Odesk, and others where you can bid on jobs. You could even advertise your services on Craigslist or other free classified ads and have the business come to you. You can try to get work by distributing business cards, flyers, community bulletin boards or calling local businesses to see if they would like to use your services. Just be sure to explain to them why and how you can save them money by doing tasks for them. Think of it as a business proposal because that is exactly what it is. Always, get a signed contract so that everything is spelled out so there is no misunderstandings about payment or services. Here is a example of a contract.

The great thing about being a “virtual” assistant is you can work for people whom you have known for years or people you have never met. This is great when working out on the road in your RV. One of the best ways to create a steady income is to offer packaged services for a monthly fee. Some VA’s even get paid retainer fees. Build yourself a good repeat customer base and you could have more work than you could ever want.

Some of the services you could provide include :

  • SEO
  • Link Building Services
  • Ebook Writing and Editing Services
  • Social Media Marketing Service
  • Data Entry, Data Management
  • Blog Setup and Management
  • Guest Blog Posting
  • E-commerce Website Setup and Management
  • Customer Service Followup calls
  • Logo Developing
  • Email Management Service
  • Ghost Writing
  • Internet Research
  • Pre-employment Background Checks
  • Virtual Recruiting and Interviewing prospective Employees
  • Book Travel Arrangements
  • Transcription
  • Contact and Client Management
  • Create Newsletters or Brochures
  • Google AdWords
  • Marketing Plans
  • Bill Paying
  • Press Releases
  • Appointment Setting/Calendar Management
  • Paralegal Services
  • Real Estate Assistant
  • Billing Services
  • Ebay Listings
  • Lead Generation
  • Pay Roll
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Writing on Vacation

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This past week, my husband and I spent time in Colorado and Wyoming on vacation. We rode a narrow gauge train in Durango CO and spent time in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. We had a great time and I was still able to write a few articles for my employers blog. That felt great to be able to work when I felt like it. I actually was able to complete several articles and came up with many other ideas from inspiration from things we did and saw on our trip.

Reasons to be Your Own E-book Publisher

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Here are several good reasons to self publish your own writing. It is a profitable way to elevate your writing career to the next level. No need to have a big publishing house involved when you can do it yourself. Ebooks are all the rage and there is no reason that you can’t get in on it and what better way that by being your own publisher?

  • You keep a larger percentage of the price of the book. You are the one who spends those long hours working hard to research and write your  material so you should be reaping the most rewards from it. With self publishing, you should be about to retain up to 80% of the price of the book in some cases.

 

  • There are very few obstacles. All you need is a computer, software to write with, internet accessabilty, a basic idea for subject matter, and the time and passion to write.

 

  • Less time from the formulation of the book idea, writing it, to publishing it in the marketplace. This can take as little as a few weeks or months.

 

  • Become a recognized authority and help your career take off. Having a published book is not something that everyone will do in their lifetime. Having a book that is published is a great way to promote yourself and is even better than the traditional resume.

 

  • You are in charge of your own marketing and selling of your book. This is a good thing because the publisher will market a lot while the book is new and then it will drop off after a few months. This way you can make sure to keep the momentum of your book and profits going.

 

  • Because of the internet, the process is very fast so you can market and sell books all over the world. A single person can manage their own self publication operations very successfully to the worldwide audience.

How to Find a Work at Home Job

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With the price of gas soaring close to $4.00 a gallon, many people are sure to be looking for better ways to  save money when going to work. There is the  public transportation option, shared commuting with co-workers, and working 10 or 12 hour days instead of 8 hour days if your company will allow it.  If you are really lucky and you live close to your work you can walk or ride a bicycle.  All of these are good options but wouldn’t it be nice if you could just roll out of bed in the morning and walk into the next room and be at work?

With twenty-first century technology,  you can find all kinds of work from home opportunities. Maybe you just need some extra money so you can afford to go to your regular job. Possibly you want a full-time job where you don’t have to commute at all. Maybe you don’t want to pay the soaring cost of child care. There are many companies hiring out there if you know where to look and how to search.
The possibilities are many but the competition can be intense. Many people are wanting to work from home for the very same reasons that you do.

Can the job you currently have, be converted to a work at home position? If you feel it is possible, make a well thought out written proposal and present it to your employer and then  be prepared to give them reasons why it would benefit them. Even if you can convince them to let you telecommute a couple of days a week you could be saving a fair amount of money.

Virtual call center jobs  allow you to answer in-bound and/or out-bound customer calls right at home. There are many of these companies, like Arise, LiveOps, Convergys Work at Home, and many others.
Freelance Writing jobs, while you won’t get rich overnight from this one, you can build up your pay over time on residuals. It is also an excellent way to get your feet wet and build up your resume for future more lucrative jobs.

Survey Takers are exactly what you think. You sign up with a survey company and are sent surveys, emails ect. I dont care for this one much because when I did this my email box immediately started filling with spam. Not cool!

Appointment Setter’s are people who call business or people and set up appointments for businesses. This can be many products or services, insurance, vinyl siding, you get the idea.

Virtual Assistant‘s are people who do pretty much anything a live Administrative Assistant can do, from data entry, answering phones,  answering emails, employment background checks,doing spreadsheets and setting client appointments and even event planning.

Answering Service Operators’ take phone calls usually after hours for clients such as doctors, dentists, and other businesses.

Federal government positions can sometimes be work from home. They officially call this telework and you can go to www.usajobs.opm.gov/ and search for jobs there. Be aware that government jobs require a bit different resume. Google federal resumes to figure out what you need to do.
There are many search terms for work at home jobs:

  • Home based
  • Work from home
  • Telework
  • Telecommuting
  • Work at home
  • Virtual work
  • Virtual

Here are a few blogs and forums that you can usually find up to date work at home jobs and information.

http://workfromhomebydemi.com/

http://www.obzokee.com/

http://cwahm.com/wordpress/

http://www.wahm.com/

http://www.ratracerebellion.com/job_postings.html

http://www.workathomecareers.com/

Here are a few search engines that are helpful too.

 

http://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=%22home-based+position%22&chnl=home-based+position

http://cb.com/eZqziR

http://www.linkup.com/

http://www.quintcareers.com/telecommute_jobs.html

http://www.monster.com/

www.flexjobs.com

One more thing you can do is go directly to a company web page and search available careers for work at home opportunities. Some companies will only post job openings on their own site.  Here is a list of some of those known to hire at home workers.

Good Luck in your career search. I hope that you find that perfect work at home job!

Raeden