Don’t want to work exclusively as a translator?
Maybe virtual assistant jobs are the right fit for you. Virtual assistants are contracted professionals who provide assistance to business owners or busy executives from their own homes.
Virtual assistant job opportunities range from secretarial work, web design and web maintenance, to bookkeeping, marketing and event planning.
Did I mention providing translation service and/or foreign language transcription?
There are so many areas that a business could use the help of virtual assistant services.
The idea of virtual assistance is growing more and more popular to people who want to run their own business but also achieve a life/work balance.
To business owners it’s a way to save costs on regular staff and have the flexibility and productivity they desperately want.
How to find virtual assistant jobs? Here are few ideas:
1)Virtual assistant networks
You may have to pay a membership fee, but you do get the opportunity to connect with other VAs and find helpful resources, tips, industry updates and even job referrals. Sites such as these:
2)Through your own contacts
Starting from what you have, that could be either through your previous work experience or referrals from your friends and past clients. Who do you know who works from home? Who may have had a change in their personal life (married, children, etc)?
If you know of a business that is going through a transition, whether it is ownership or management, relocation or expansion, these are the doors you should knock on.
3)Ads on craiglist, guru, elance or through your own website or blog
4)Through social media
Facebook and Twitter can be an excellent tool to get your name out there and be found.
Virtual assistant jobs are not just easy work at home jobs. Here are a few key factors that will ultimately position you for success at building your business:
1)Know yourself and your clients
This sounds like a no brainer, but it’s crucial. Knowing what you are good at and what your clients want from you is absolutely the foundation of your business. Be yourself, do what you enjoy and are good at, and your clients will love you for that. The best part? They will be willing to pay more for your niche service.
2)Network, network, network
Having a working from home business doesn’t mean you should stay at home all the time. As a matter of fact, it’s extremely important for virtual assistants to get out there and meet people. You are building a business – Not just working online home jobs!
Working at home can be demoralizing sometimes – we all benefit from old fashioned human contact sometimes. Attending networking events can get you motivated and establish quality business contacts that will boost your ability to thrive.
3)Think like a business partner
Virtual assistant jobs are to provide relief to business owners so that they can be more productive in their own business operations. A business partner isn’t just there to complete his/her job, but rather to add value to a client’s business. Only with that mentality can you cater to a client’s needs and excel with your own goals.
Deciding to be a virtual assistant with your language talent is only the first step. To get your business going, you have to do marketing and self promotion. Don’t put it on your backburner, market anytime and anywhere. Marketing is not a task, it is a priority. While it is a challenge, there are plenty of methods – technology is your best friend! – to meet any budget.