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Question: "I have two daughters in college and am looking for ways to use my skills at home to earn some extra income. I have gathered information from the Internet on  virtual  assistants. It looks like a possibility for me, but was wondering if anyone is a virtual assistant and if they would give me some advice (pros, cons, pay, reputable organizations to join, etc.). Thank you."  -- Connie


This is the article I found on

The Virtual Assistant
Regain Control and Love Your Job
by Therese Droste
Monster Contributing Writer


(Part of her article)

What is a VA? Stacy Brice, chief visionary officer and founder of AssistU, sums it up this way: "A VA is a small-biz owner who provides administrative and personal support across the board to clients in long-term and collaborative relationships."

Preparation is key to a VA's success, and Brice advises against admins jumping into things because they have years of admin experience. "Remember, it's a business, and you don't want to start a business on the seat of your pants," says Brice. "Most startup businesses don't make it to the five-year mark. You don't want to make mistakes."

VAs' primary client base are the small business owners, or entrepreneurs who need support because they can't do everything on their own but don't want the hassle of hiring a full-time employee, according to Brice. She estimates a VA's rate at $30 per hour. However, that amount can skyrocket if a VA has experience in a niche area.

I haven't researched yet, but I do have the following web sites as references for virtual assistants - - these may help you gather some information.

Hope this helps! Good luck.

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