Updated 21st January 2019
Freelance Work From Home Business
I was asked a question the other
day from a stay at home mom.
Her Question: How to work home online jobs? I have been going over this opportunity in my mind for quite some time. Should I freelance and work from home? But the answer, the logical answer, always wins. Can I survive? And the funny thing is that…I always think that I can’t. I am a single mom. If I fail, my kids fail with me. And we eat nothing. So?
I am glad I was asked this question because this was very similar to the question I asked myself many years ago when I first had the idea to work for myself instead of for somebody else. I knew that if I leaped into the freelance world (which was something I REALLY wanted to do), it would spell either success or…FAILURE. And as far as I was concerned, Failure Was Not An Option.
I know every one of us is different. Our situation is different and the circumstances surrounding our decision is different but…one thing is the same. The passion to move out of the confines of a normal 9 to 5 job and become our own boss.
To that end here are good questions to ask yourself:
- Do YOU want to freelance?
- Do YOU want to have more freedom?
- Do YOU want to be your own boss and answer to no one?
- Do YOU feel that you could earn more money from a business on your own?
- Do YOU want to have CONTROL over your life?
- Will YOU be willing to learn everything there is to learn about making it working for yourself?
- Would YOU be willing to do anything to survive if you were thrown into the business world?
- Are YOU willing to learn, make mistakes, make amends and make deals?
- Can YOU negotiate with people?
- Can YOU admit that you’ve made a mistake and make amends?
- Are YOU flexible?
- Are YOU willing to learn technology? As in the internet…of course.
- Are YOU willing to discard with conventional ways of doing business?
- Are YOU trustworthy?
If you’ve noticed, the questions are all YOU questions. Because of one reason….the decision is for you to make, no one else. I can’t help you make the decision because I am not you…and I am not in your position and situation.
How To Work Home Online
Now, before you jump onto the freelancing bandwagon, you’d have to consider whether you have enough financial reserves for the first couple of months or so (very important if you’re a mom with kids because you want to make sure you can put food on the table). You also need to consider, before you start freelancing, if you have the support of your friends and family members (they can crush your dreams in no time at all). Are you willing to go the extra mile to turn your dream into a reality?
It takes a lot of courage to start freelancing…to make that jump. You’re standing at the edge of the cliff, wondering and pondering, while the rest of the world goes on its merry way.
Listen to your heart. If your heart tells you, you should, go ahead and your head will follow. Communicate and learn from your mistakes (and other people’s mistakes, as well) and you’ll do just fine.
However if six months down the road and you’re not making a single cent, go back to employment. If you’re making $200 a month, and I know that’s not a lot, but I say, keep on going because whatever you’re doing, it’s working.
There are lots of good jobs you can do such as these I have listed below. Believe in yourself and you will succeed. Not overnight by any means, but with perseverance and effort you will achieve financial independence. I have and there’s millions of others who have done it as well.
- Typing Jobs From Home
- Writing From Home
- Proofreading Jobs From Home
- Editing Jobs From Home
- Bookkeeping Jobs From Home
- Medical Transcription Jobs From Home
- Designing websites
Now lets move on to Virtual Assistants who are in fact Freelancers in their own right.
Virtual Assistant Jobs From Home
Virtual Assistants (VAs) are people with particular skills who provide administrative support and specialized services to businesses, entrepreneurs, executives, and others who have more work to do than time to do it.
Examples of services a VA can include web design and maintenance, word processing, meeting and event planning, desktop publishing, internet research, e-mail coordination, business start-up consultations and so much more. This can be the perfect work-at-home opportunity for many with good computer and Internet skills.
How Earn Extra Money From Home
Here are several Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind for starting and operating your Virtual Assistant business.
- DO – Decide on a targeted market and initially focus your marketing efforts in that area. By developing a “niche” in your field, your reputation spreads quickly and soon you become a recognized expert. Several specialties include: medical, legal or business transcription, resume consulting, transaction coordination — real estate industry, desktop publishing, manuscript preparing, academic typing, e-mail support, internet research, etc.
- DO – Be creative about where you can find business. The Internet offers a large variety of potential for clients just waiting for you to contact them. Actively network and don’t limit your marketing to simply placing a few Ads in newspapers or the Yellow Pages. You want to find where there might be a need, and go fill it!
- DO – Write a complete business plan and marketing plan. Too many leave out this vital step and waste valuable time unorganized and without a clear-cut goal and direction for their business. When starting a business you will have tons of ideas floating around. You need to materialize all these and put them into a workable plan of action.
- DO – Develop a website that looks sensational! Your website is often the first connection a potential client has with your services. It must immediately let them know that they are dealing with a professional. Your site must then have the POWER to draw them to you and contact you. Let them see that you value quality by the look and feel of it. Additional tips include letting them know what services you offer and why you are qualified to offer those services by mentioning your experience and education. Be sure to include points on why you stand out among the rest and are the BEST! For example, if you have been featured in articles, radio shows, etc., have them listed with the dates.
- DO – Learn everything you can about starting a business. Knowledge is power and the more you know, the greater your chances for success. Look to online services and message boards and chats to talk with other Virtual Assistants operating a business. Remember these are often run by pros who have been in business for years and are willing to share their experience. For example, I am a Mentor/Tutor. With 10 year’s experience, I know what works and what doesn’t in starting a business and staying successful, so my experience can prove invaluable and certainly beneficial to you getting started.
- DO – Join associations that are targeted for the work at home Industry. A popular is the Virtual Assistance League, but there are many others. By connecting with these associations and being active, you learn from them what works and what doesn’t. You will also be able to post your questions to associate members via list serves often getting answers to your questions within minutes.
- DO – Read, read, read. By frequently continuing to increase your skills and your knowledge of your profession, the end result is a more confident satisfied you. Every tip you get from a book can be a new tool in your business. I recommend highlighting areas from several books and adding them to your library. Keep in mind that you might not use that idea today, but it might apply to specialties you might add down the road.
- DO – Enjoy!! There’s no greater feeling than landing that first client or finishing your first big project. Plus, wait until you get the opportunity to tell someone you own and operate your own virtual assisting business. It sure beats I’m a secretary at …. Plus, when you enjoy your business it shows. Your clients will sense your positive attitude and want to be a part of your team.
- DON’T – Under price your services (see above graphic). The average virtual assistant today can usually make between $20 to $70 per hour and more, depending on their skills, services offered, location, and years of experience. Don’t make the mistake of assuming if you charge the lowest prices, you’ll get the most work. You won’t. Instead, you’ll end up working outrageous hours for peanuts! Clients will pay more for professional services. When a potential client discovers you’re charging a lower rate than standard, they often feel they will receive a quality of services that is also lower.
- DON’T – Overextend yourself. One of the common mistakes many virtual assistants make is to accept too much work and then not be able to accurately complete it. Learn to say no or have a back-up helper who can assist you with any overflow work. Remember one of the most important ingredients for success is keeping your clients satisfied. If you overextend yourself and make a lot of errors, it will jeopardize your business. Best pick an industry or companies you know could use your particular skills and experience.
- DON’T – Get discouraged. It takes time to get a business going. Plan ahead and have money saved in reserve. Don’t buy items until you have found the best possible price and there is an absolute need. This advance planning takes the pressure off of having to make money NOW. If things are slow and the phone just isn’t ringing … MAKE IT RING!! There’s plenty of work out there, you just need to pursue it.
Finally, the most important ingredient for success is your belief in yourself. If you believe that with your skills and experience, you can own your own business, then there’s nothing stopping you.
Dreams Do Come True. Sometimes You Just Need To Make Them Happen.
Ok folks this is all I have to say on Freelancers / Virtual Assistants.
Work At Home With A Website
However one of my DO’s above mentioned that you should – Develop a website. Why? Because your website is often the first connection a potential client has with your services.
You will get two free websites which you can build out. With those sites you can either sell your own products or services or promote products or services for the big online companies such as Amazon, EBay, AliBaba, Clickbank and many, many others.
All you have to do is click on the image below my name and read all about what this company can do for you. Its free to join and you can stay at no charge for as long as you want to. At the very least you will get those websites to promote yourself as a Freelancer / Virtual Assistant so its a Win Win for you whichever way you look at it.
Before you do that though please leave a comment below with your own thoughts of freelancing, or working as a virtual assistant.
Onwards And Upwards To Success Folks And Have An Awesome Day Wherever You Are On The Planet.