Earn Extra Money From Home
Today we have a guest poster for our Make Money Online Series. Woohoo! Her name is Amanda Northern and she presents herself as an online entrepreneur. I’ll tell you all a little more about her after she tells us how to earn extra money from home!
Three years ago I was a broke college student working two jobs, seven days per week and only to bring home a little more than $14,000 per year. Here in Atlanta, Georgia that was barely enough to survive. Desperate to make more money without having to get a third job, I ventured online to try and earn extra money from home. I was immediately caught up in internet scams, review sites that left viruses on my computer, and false leads.
One day I stumbled on a blog reviewing this site called, Hire My Mom. It was a job board that was geared towards stay-at-home moms who had professional experience and wanted to help internet entrepreneurs manage their businesses. I applied right away. After 3 weeks of applying to a couple of jobs, I landed my very first paying virtual assistance gig.
I haven’t looked back since.
Here’s today’s post for our Make Money Online Series.
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The Make Money Online Series is a compilation of blog posts and guest posts discussing how it is possible to make extra cash online. When I first started my journey to pay off my debt fast and become debt free, I searched every possible nook and cranny to find options to earn extra money – in fact, I’m still looking! I scavenged the internet searching for options and signing up for everything that I possibly could.
Of course, this led to a bunch of spam and horrible programs that lie and do not actually help to make money online at all. SO, I’ve developed this series to help debunk those programs so that those of you who are in need of some extra cash, whether it’s because you’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck, want to pay off your debt fast, or want to find a way to support your family as a stay at home mom, won’t struggle to find tried and true methods to earn money online.
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Earn Extra Money From Home
Why Being a Virtual Assistant Is
the Perfect Side Hustle
If you’re wondering what a virtual assistant is, it’s basically a personal/administrative assistant that does all of their work online. That’s really the only difference! Online entrepreneurs have a different set of needs than a business owner with a physical store-front. For example, a virtual business owner needs the following tasks completed:
- Internet research.
- Social media management.
- Blogging or copywriting.
- Management of other virtual team members.
- Someone to manage their virtual events (telesummits, webinars).
- Customer service.
- Lead generation (cold emailing prospects).
- Email management.
- Technical/Website services.
- SEO optimization.
Basically anything related to running an online business is what will be required of you as a virtual assistant. If you have any amount of professional experience in an office setting, being a virtual assistant may be the right side hustle for you. Many people can become intimidated with working with someone virtually instead of face-to-face. However the same skill set is needed to work virtually as to work in person.
When working with a virtual boss, you have to communicate, communicate, and communicate some more! Always specify exactly what your client needs, and have regular meetings via Skype, email, text, or by phone to ensure you complete a job well.
The best part about being a virtual assistant is that you can literally work anywhere that has an internet connection, there’s no micromanagement (business owners are way too busy for that!), and you get paid a lot more per hour. Basically, it’s the perfect way to earn extra money from home!
Mind that you do have to pay your own taxes since you’re an independent contractor when you’re a virtual assistant. As a person who has extensive administrative assistant experience, it’s a lot more than what you get working for a regular 9-5 gig!
Just How Much Can I Make Being A Virtual Assistant?
A virtual assistant’s wage can vary greatly from $5 per hour all the way to $50 per hour or more. As you can imagine, the higher the wage, the more specialized the knowledge. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to a virtual assistant’s pay schedule.
It’s a quick way to earn extra money online, but it all depends on your skill set, what you think your time is worth, and what the client is willing to pay. Being in the virtual assistant game for a few years, here’s what I see other type of virtual assistants charge.
- General Virtual Assistant – This type of assistant does basic administrative tasks that anyone can pick up and are one of the easiest virtual assistant jobs to start off with. Tasks include data entry, email management, internet research, and managing a calendar. Pay: $10-$15 per hour.
- Technical Virtual Assistant – A technical virtual assistant is knowledgeable with the tools that most internet entrepreneurs need and use. Tools include WordPress (very in-demand skill), email auto-responders, graphic design tools, and others. Pay: $50 – $75 per hour.
- Virtual Event Assistant – A virtual event assistant is one that specializes in organizing and running telesummits, webinars, and any other live virtual training. A telesummits is a live event where multiple experts speak on the web to an audience of listeners. This is a very specialized type of assistant and usually requires training. Pay: $50 per hour.
- Social media assistant – A social media assistant is one that manages a client’s social media sites. This can include creating posts and scheduling posts using social media management websites, running promotional challenges for your client, engaging people on social media sites, and coming up with strategies on how to grow engagement on your client’s social media sites. Pay: $20-$35 per hour.
As you can see, there are so many types of virtual assistants that it can be hard to come up with a single price to charge. How much you’re paid depends on how in-demand your skillset is, much like the regular job market.
Another alternative to charging per hour is charging per month or per project. I like to charge in this format because I suck at keeping track of hours and I’m really good at underestimating the time it takes me to do pretty much anything. And the last thing I want to do is to have to go back and ask a client to pay more than I originally told them it would cost. Plus getting paid per month or per project makes my income much more predictable.
So, Where Can I Find Clients As A Virtual Assistant?
You can find virtual assistant gigs to help you earn extra money from home just about anywhere you can find regular administrative jobs.
That being said, here are a few of my favorite places to look for virtual assistant openings:
And I saved the best one for last…Hire My Mom! As you recall, my very first virtual assistant client was found on Hire My Mom. It is the only job board where I’ve consistently found virtual assistant jobs from people who weren’t looking to pay people $5-$10 per hour!
These leads are legitimate, and the competition for the jobs is not high leading to a higher chance that you’ll get a job. It is a paid job board (just $10 per month), but I’ve literally made thousands of dollars just from this site and 99% of all my virtual assistant jobs come just from Hire My Mom. I earn extra money from home each month with this awesome website.
If you want to get started as a virtual assistant right away and possibly make money this month, sign up for Hire My Mom and apply for every job you feel remotely qualified for. I promise you if you take my advice, you’ll be interviewing for positions within weeks!
If you want to learn more about how to create a viable business that makes you money in as little as a week, check out my free ebook!
Thank you for sharing this super informative post on how to earn extra money from home with us, Amanda! I’m so glad we could partner in this way.
For readers who want more information about Amanda, here’s a blurb about her:
Amanda Northern is the creator of The Proassists, a VA firm that specializes in website design, copywriting, and administrative duties. She’s also the creator of bloggingfreedom.org, a freelance blog and consultancy dedicated to teaching everyday people how to build their own awesome internet business.
Reach out to her on Twitter @bloggingfreedom.
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