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Working as an All-Around Virtual Assistant

One easy way of earning at the comfort of your own home is to become a Virtual Assistant, also known as becoming a VA.

Virtual Assistants (VA) are knowledgeable on various tasks, skilled, professional freelancers and most of the time entrepreneurs on their own ways who offer administrative support to businesses – may that be a startup or a huge corporation.

VA duties may serve both small adhoc tasks or long-term, permanent duties, depending on the needs of the clients. They perform a wide array of tasks. Hence, are skilled on various aspects:

  • Basic data gathering
  • Data encoding
  • Website Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Client support
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Graphic Design
  • Website Design
  • and so on and so forth.

Most of the VAs nowadays work thru private platforms, like Upwork, Elance, Freelancer.com, Behance, et al. While others tend to work independently (as their own business).

There are advantages and disadvantages on both setups.

Working with a private platform, as an employee helps ease the pain of looking for an open job from one company to the other. While there may be fees which are deductible to the total earnings of the VA, the brighter side is that – working in a private platform is more secure. Thus, the private entity is the one who will bill the client and arrange the deposits.

On the other hand, working as an independent business (VA) would mean starting everything from scratch; paying for your own time tracker, finding suitable clients, arranging contracts, arranging the bills, etc. There may be no deductions involved, but the effort would be more painful and the payable (for the tools used and all) would turn out even higher than expected.