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Virtual assistant: Could it be in your future?

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Question: “I would like to explore the possibility of working as a virtual assistant on a part- time basis.  Has anyone had experience with this type of work?  What resources (skills and/or equipment) will I need?” — Anonymous

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I was also wondering the same thing. In addition, are there any tax laws that are applicable? Specifically; is this a business or hobby, what amount of income labels it and what tax forms should i be prepared to fill out at tax season?

After 30 years in the Corporate and Public arenas, I started my own VA business. You need the skills and certification. Today, there are many VA's out there, so it's very competitive.

You need a home office equipped with the latest in technology and software to compete.

It takes time to build a VA business, so if you can do it part-time and build it, I would advise that is better than quitting you day job.

Check out my website. You also need to be very entrepreneurial and stick with it.

Good luck and feel free to contact me with any questions.

Rhonda
www.virtuallyyours925.com
www.parkerworldwidetravel.com
www.sendoutcards.com/rmparker

I am also interested in this. If I could find a way without investing money I would gladly do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I would definately be interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant. I retired in October, after 20+ years as an Administrative Assistant. Does anyone know a Honest website that I can work with to become Virtual Assistane

Rhonda said it best. I had a VA business that I sold a couple of years ago. It takes a lot of work to find clients and keep them. Although I worked at it full-time, I took home only part-time pay.

Who did you sell it to Betty?

I was in the process of starting my VA business. I have my name and one client. Because of the time and dedication, I stopped before I even started. So be ready to invest ALOT of time. Patience is the key.

This is such an interesting topic, however i find the answers so vague. Is there anyone out there who would actually share the information that they have discovered. Names of companies, cost of this endevor. I realize it takes time, but i have plenty of time, i just want to know which companies are legitament. My email is lsudbrock@mchsi.com if you would feel it is ok to share information.

Building a business takes time, money, marketing, networking, and tons of patience. There are many resources on the Internet to help you get started. You can also get assistance from local SBA or Chambers. However, in the end, you need to be entrepreneurial and find the answers. Like I said, it is highly competitive. You need top notch computer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, ACT, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and the list goes on), Internet, organizational, and communication skills. Another idea is creating “streams of income”. Unfortunately, none of us can give away all of our secrets – but there are plenty right here in this post.

Rhonda
www.virtuallyyours925.com
www.parkerworldwidetravel.com
www.sendoutcards.com/rmparker

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