In my quest to increase my holiday fund pot, I decided to find out about the potential of getting work as a virtual assistant. Although being in full time employment my idea is to fit it around my current schedule and to integrate it in to the tasks I have already set myself in relation to my own blog and social media management.
What is a Virtual Assistant?
Well, put quite simply a Virtual Assistant is someone who helps out a business or business owner remotely – which is why it is referred to as ‘virtual’. The assistant aspect is quite straightforward – if you think of a project assistant or a personal assistant – you will get the idea.
What does a Virtual Assistant do?
Virtual Assistants can help with a number of tasks from replying to emails, managing social media accounts, helping with other admin tasks right up to writing reports, blog posts or designing a website. The length of jobs appears to vary from just a few hours to over a longer period of time.
How Much Can a Virtual Assistant Earn?
It really does depend on the type of job and length of job. To give you an idea taking on a job to set up someone’s social media accounts would earn you about £35 right up to over £1,200 for writing a monthly blog post for 12 months.
How do I give it a go?
I have just signed up with People Per Hour, a website dedicated to virtual assistants who are available for work. The website is broken down in to two main sections, the first is “buy” where you can buy help from people who post hourlies (tasks they will do for a fixed price), the second part of the site is the “selling” part where you can browse jobs people need help with.
As well as browsing the jobs on offer, you could also submit your own hourly saying something like “I will write you 10 interesting and engaging tweets for your Twitter Account” and charge people £25 for the service. Customers who need this service will come along and purchase it. What is extremely helpful is that if you sell an hourlie, People Per Hour will ask the buyer to pay for the service upfront, the money will be held by People Per Hour, when the job is complete you send an invoice and the customer will release the funds which are held in Escrow.
I have just registered with People Per Hour and applied for 3 jobs, I will certainly keep you posted as to how I get on.
If you would like to give it a go, why not register with People Per Hour now by clicking here?
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