Virtual Assistant Jobs are Not Easy Money
Virtual assistant jobs are all the rage
Are you in the market for virtual assistant jobs? Perhaps you’ve already checked out the International Virtual Assistants Association. If not, it might be worth a look. Use the link to the IVAA web site at the end of this article.
I went to the International Virtual Assistants Association web site, just to see what I could see. I actually thought about joining, just to see what would come of it. I mean, who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to work at home if it just happened to come along?
However, “just for the heck of it” quickly became a shoddy reason to sign up for the International Virtual Assistants Association when I found out it costs money. It costs $125 to sign up and $99 per year after that.
That’s not a lot of money if you’re making money off of it, but the point is that if you are going to succeed at virtual assistant jobs, you’ve got to be pretty serious about it. This isn’t stuffing envelopes at a per-piece rate or educating the masses about Canadian payday loans.
So what is a virtual assistant?
Fox Business says “Small businesses hire virtual assistants to help when they can’t justify a permanent employee.” So tasks could be a number of different things. One thing is for sure, though. According to Kim LaCapria, who says she used to do virtual assistant jobs:
There’s one thing it isn’t: easy money. … You need skills- good ones, updated ones, provable things that will attract clients and make your services competitive.
LaCapria also suggests that perhaps paying for memberships in organizations like the International Virtual Assistants Association might not be worth it. Basically, if you have great skills your best bet is to market yourself and not rely on a network membership to bring you clients.
From what I can tell after reading a few personal accounts from people with virtual assistant jobs, the work itself isn’t the hard part. The hard part is finding clients and keeping them. DiCapria says that when it comes to virtual assistant jobs, high-earners are few and far between.
It seems to me that being a virtual assistant will take a while to pay big dividends. The real money lies in being able to work for several different companies at the same time, so you’ve got to build up a following before you can really start making a good living. Furthermore, trying to become establish a virtual assistant job sounds like a full-time position in and of itself. But, hey, if you’re out of work right now and collecting unemployment, I say go for it! What have you got to lose?
More about International Virtual Assistants Association
If you’ve got the money to spare and the drive to follow through, getting a membership at International Virtual Assistants Association might not be such a bad idea. After all, it isn’t just for people who dream of making money from their couch. Companies that are seeking people to fill virtual assistant jobs are members of International Virtual Assistants Association, too.
The International Virtual Assistants Association web site has services split into these 24 categories:
- Accounting and bookkeeping
- Association Management
- Coaching Support
- Concierge Services
- Database Design and Management
- Editing and proofreading
- Executive Assistance
- Graphic Design and Editing
- Internet Commerce
- Language Translation
- Legal and Paralegal Services
- Live Phone Answering
- Mailing Services
- Marketing and Advertising
- Multimedia Presentations
- Non-Profit Support
- Other Administrative Services
- Project Management
- Real Estate Support
- Research and Development
- Transcription Services
- Website Design
- Word Processing and Typing
If any of these sound like areas in which you have provable skills, and you don’t mind the $125 sign-up fee, check out International Virtual Assistants Association at http://ivaanvassoc.weblinkconnect.com/CWT/External/WCPages/WCDirectory/DirectoryStartPage.aspx?&hr=1&hr=3&WW=True for yourself.