Side Hustle of the Week: Virtual Assistant

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Make Extra Money: Side Hustle of the Week – Virtual Assistant

If you’re a single mother looking for a way to make some extra cash to make ends meet, look no further my new column, “Side Hustle of the Week.”  Don’t know what a “Side Hustle” is?

Read my previous Side Hustle posts:

Side Hustles: Make Extra Cash – Part I

Side Hustles: Make Extra Cash – Part II

Side Hustles: Make Extra Cash – Part III

Because Side Hustles are part-time, self-employment gigs that you can work from the comfort of your home and can start with little or no money, I’ve selected the perfect starter Side Hustle.

Side Hustle of the Week: Virtual Assistant

Businesses–small and large–are cutting costs to increase profit margins.  Virtual Assistants are cost-effective solutions to hiring full-time employees to get routine, yet highly valued, tasks done professionally.  For instance, if you can type, have bookkeeping skills, can perform data entry, or are good at MS Excel, you could be earning a significant amount of cash as virtual assistant–all from the comfort of your home!

If you don’t know what a virtual assist does go to the International Virtual Assistants Association Web site to learn more.  Also, check out the book: “Virtual Assistant, The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA.

Watch a super informative video how to become a virtual assistant.

What you need to succeed as a virtual assistant:

1) Interpersonal Skills:
To be a successful virtual assistant, you must have top-notch interpersonal skills.  That is, the ability to communicate effectively, including speaking and, especially, listening skills.  For instance, keeping your clients abreast of the status of their project’s status and letting them know of any bumps in the road – ahead of time – and how you’re trying to solve the issue, can make all the difference in the world.  After all, the most important things you can have as you build a relationship with each of your clients is trust and accountability–and that’s starts with great communication.

2) Computer Skills
Most virtual assistants offer computer-based services; therefore, you should know your way around a computer.  If you don’t, no worries. There are more than a few online tutorials that can help you get up to speed superfast.  Try this all-in-one Microsoft Office, Web and Graphic software tutorial for only $14.95–I have it and it’s fabulous!

3) Marketing Skills
Without customer/clients–you’re not in business, which means you are going to have to market your virutal assistance business. There are many low-cost methods, including flyers, business cards, etc. Check out Club Flyers.com, as they offer some phenomenal deals. Also, check out The Virtual Assistance Guide to Marketing (2nd Ed.)

4) Project-Management Skills
As a virtual assistant, you are going to have to manage several project at a time–that’s why its imperative that you are organized. Find a system that works for you. Use whatever tools you can to help you manage your projects effectively.  If you have Microsoft Outlook, you have everything you need: calendar, to-do-lists (tasks), and contact management, etc.

5) Time-Management Skills
Your reputation as a virtual assistant –and your money– will depend on your ability to get deliverables to your client, when promised. Miss a few deadlines and your reputation is in the toilet. Quick tip: Always give yourself some wiggle room; that way, if something comes up that may compromise your deadline, you have a built-in cushion–and your client won’t be affected.  In fact, you may be able to turn projects in early, earning a stellar reputation for having fast turnaround times.

Recommended reading on becoming a virtual assistant:

1) From Suits to Sweats: How to Work at Home as a Virtual Assistant

2) Virtually Sucessful: 8 Simple Ways for Virtual Assistants to Find and Keep Clients

3) VA Secrets Revealed! An Insiders Guide to Being a Successful Virtual Assistant.

Until next week,

Peace, love and blessings

Ms. No Single Mama Drama

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