If you are considering working at home, one of the jobs you are most likely to think about taking is that of a virtual assistant. In general, the work is fairly simple and pays quite well. But as you prepare to pursue this course of action, you will probably want to know what a virtual assistant does, in addition to how to find one of these jobs without getting scammed.
There are many jobs that a virtual assistant can do, and most of them are simply to make the lives of their employers simpler and care free. Being a virtual assistant may include things such as bookkeeping or managing social media accounts for businesses. Entrepreneur.com states that a virtual assistant may also help with keeping databases up to date, doing online research to help keep products popular, or managing email accounts.
So now that you have a basic understanding of the jobs of a virtual assistant, how do you go about getting one of these jobs? Many people look for virtual assistant jobs on websites. These may include places like Elance.com, Guru.com, or Odesk.com. Other websites that may also be worth checking into include Craigslist.org or Freelancer.com. However, these are slightly riskier and Deskdemon.com states that when the author of the article “5 Ways of How to Find a Virtual Assistant Job” started out, she was scammed on both of those sites.
Being scammed as a virtual assistant means being hired to do a job and then not getting paid for it. Unfortunately, this can be a real issue on some sites and finding a truly reliable job can be difficult. Especially on a website such as Freelancer.com, you are less likely to be scammed by someone who has paid for their job ad rather than someone who has posted for free. Deskdemon.com says that the first job on Freelancer.com can be posted for free, meaning that sometimes scam jobs are posted. Therefore, if you are using that website, look for a seller who has posted multiple jobs. If they have paid to post them, they are more likely to be legitimate jobs.
According to Forbes.com, one great and legitimate place to find a virtual assistant job is FlexJobs.com. They have a huge list of virtual assistant jobs, and others that are very similar, generally known as “telecommuting jobs.” There are many other helpful websites, some specifically to virtual assistants.
One website that is extremely helpful to virtual assistants and to those who are looking to hire one is VANetworking.com. They provide resources and training to virtual assistants, and link up the assistants with those who may wish to hire them. However, that website is not free for use. One free virtual assistant website is VirtualAssistantForums.com. It provides many of those same services.
Finding a virtual assistant job can be difficult, especially if you are starting your own virtual assistant business. However, it can also be profitable – being a virtual assistant often pays well. Landing a good virtual assistant job can be much easier with the proper websites.