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

Tips for Starting Your Virtual Assistant Business

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Virtual assistants are remote workers who are usually diverse in their skills, backgrounds and locations. They use technology to deliver their services to clients all over the world. Most work from a home office and most have their own websites. Many VA‘s offer clerical or secretarial type services but there are several that specialize in areas like marketing. web design, social media management, accounting, legal services, tech support and more.

Clients are more likely to hire assistants to save money when they need temporary help or when they just cant afford to hire a full time employee. Most Virtual Assistants pay their own taxes, equipment, training and healthcare which can save a business a large amount of money. Real Estate, life or business coaching, financial services, accounting and legal services are the industries that hire most frequently.

Here are just a few tips to help you.

  • Decide just what type of services you have adequate experience in and will be able to offer to your clients.
  •  Determine your niche. You should consider specializing in just two to three services to make it easier to market.
  •  Decide how much time you have to commit to your business venture. Will you work part or full time?
  • Do some thorough research to determine the need for your services in your local area.
  • Outline who your clients will be and how to access them.
  •  Do  market analysis. Find out your niche and focus on how you will apply it to your business.
  •  Know your financial limitations and what your expected income will be, your possible expenses and how long you will be able to hang on until your business is running all on it’s own.
  • Write a business plan and go over it often to manage any future changes.
  • Make sure your equipment, software and office space will meet your business and client needs.
  • Name your business, secure a domain name and build a website. Try to use the same name for all to avoid confusion.
  •  Market your services continously. Othewise the clients won’t be knocking on your door and you will likely fail.
  • Consider joining a professional organization. It can be a great networking opportunity and you could reap big benefits.
  • Don’t be afraid to contact business’s who could possibly use your services. Send them a brochure or business card.

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.