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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Four Tips to Help You Succeed in Work at Your Work at Home Job Search

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You may feel like the work at home career is alluding you and you don’t understand why.

 Here are some tips to help you to  achieve success in getting a work from home job.

1) Concentrate on your skills and abilities.  Your first step to success is to identify your skills, abilities, interests and passion. If you not good at selling dont look for a job in sales! You will be miserable.

2) Build your resume to reflect the job you seek and who you are. Think of your resume as you selling you!

3) If you lack some basic skills, take courses online. There are free courses for MS Office, Word Press, typing and many other subjects. The more you can add to your resume in these areas the better your resume will sell you.  Just google free E-courses. Read free e-books in the subjects you are interested in.

4) Network in places like linkedin, work at home forums, twitter, facebook and other social media. Make friends with those that work with the company or the field in which you want to work.  Join groups and ask questions!

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