Also, more than ever, families with children are seeking the need for dual incomes. One industry that’s increasing in popularly because of this, which is also being rated as one of the best home-based businesses for 2009 by Entrepreneur Magazine, is virtual assistants. Becoming a Virtual Assistant gives you the freedom to work from anywhere you want in the world and requires very little in start-up costs. The only key requirement is you must have the ability to type well, be well organized and have a fairly good understanding of computers and the Internet.
Virtual Assistants are now considered highly skilled professionals who will provide outsourcing or freelance administrative support and other specialized services to other businesses, authors, entrepreneurs, online businesses, CEO’s and executives, sales professionals and any others who may have more work than time. Many Virtual Assistant’s also may also provide web design services and maintenance, online SEO publicity and marketing. Other skills or services might include: word processing, desktop publishing, and business start-up consultation. The types of services VA’s can provide are almost endless, depending upon the freelancers knowledge, skills and creativity.
Virtual assistants can be extremely instrumental in helping online or traditional businesses with their administrative or marketing needs, or helping to run and organize their offices. So a solid understanding for the VA to know the latest technologies and tools are needed to make a business succeed. One great example is blogging. We all realize now that operating a company blog is an essential tool for any business to have, to succeed in the online world. Yet, there are many businesses out there that don’t have the time or knowledge to create and maintain a blog. A good virtual assistant can handle that for you.
“What started out as a cottage industry in the 80’s, primarily as a home-based word processing business, have now grown into what’s been seen today,” says Diana Ennen, President of the International Virtual Assistants Association. More businesses are now realizing the need for outsourcing their work and letting a professional virtual assistant do it for them, so they can focus on what they do best, which is running their businesses.
There are a variety of free information out there if you are interested in starting your own virtual assistant business, or if you are a business owner, you need to find qualified virtual assistants. There are also excellent publicity tips, how to obtain clients, and sample letters you can write to introduce yourself. You can start today from home… a successful career that you’ve been always looking for – a home-based virtual assistant business.