How To Work Online And At Home

How To Work Home Online Jobs

Updated 9th December 2018

 

Freelance Work From Home Business

 

I was asked a question the other Work From Home Freelance

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.

 

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To that end here are good questions to ask yourself:

 

  1. Do YOU want to freelance?
  2. Do YOU want to have more freedom?
  3. Do YOU want to be your own boss and answer to no one?
  4. Do YOU feel that you could earn more money from a business on your own?
  5. Do YOU want to have CONTROL over your life?
  6. Will YOU be willing to learn everything there is to learn about making it working for yourself?
  7. Would YOU be willing to do anything to survive if you were thrown into the business world?
  8. Are YOU willing to learn, make mistakes, make amends and make deals?
  9. Can YOU negotiate with people?
  10. Can YOU admit that you’ve made a mistake and make amends?
  11. Are YOU flexible?
  12. Are YOU willing to learn technology? As in the internet…of course.
  13. Are YOU willing to discard with conventional ways of doing business?
  14. 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?

 

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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.

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  • 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.

 

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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.

 

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Here are several Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind for starting and operating your Virtual Assistant business.

 

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  • 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.

 

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There are also these online sites where you can go to for great tips and advice  – HBWM.com, Bizymoms.com, and VAnetworking.com.

 

  • 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 best virtual assistant companiescommon 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.

 

If you would like to start an online business building your own website for freebased on what you have experience and knowledge of then the online community that I have been a member of since 2014 will give you a great start.

 

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.

 

Regards

Robert Allan

 

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Hello I have been an affiliate/internet marketer for many years and I'm very successful at it. If you need any help and pointers to earning an online income from home or to start up your own home-based business then please feel free to read the other articles within this site. I'm sure you will go away with lots of tips and advice that will help you get started. Here is a link to my About Me page - http://quickwaysmakemoney.siterubix.com/about-r-allan This other link is my profile within the work from home make money online community I am a member of since 2014. https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/robert-a

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  1. I found a lot of great information and insight here to develop the ideas I have for working from home.  I know there is risk involved but like the saying goes, without risk there is no reward.  I think the way you described this is it is perfect for someone currently out of work and can be very beneficial during free time for someone wanting to change their career path.  I had no idea the range of pay for freelancers but I guess it goes back to the type of work being done.  Thank you for the encouragement going forward.

    1. Hi Jeffrey
      Glad to help you generate ideas for your own home business.
      Of course like any other new venture there will be a certain element of risk but I found that part of the excitement when I first started.
      I know you would have found the infographics helpful.
      Lots of good information in there for you to think about.
      Freelancing is also a great way for people out of work to get started while contributing to the family budget and then when things pick up you could go full time.
      Its a win win all round.
      Onwards to Success Jeffrey and you need any more pointers then get in touch.
      Have an awesome day.
      Robert Allan

  2. From my personal experience, I found that working from home should be a part time gig. While it is a good idea to have 6 months to a years worth of savings, I found it better  for myself to work while doing freelancing part time. Even if it is working more, it transitions a person into it slowly while you still have a steady income. That is what is currently working for me as I didn’t make money outside of my job until 15 months.

    1. Hi Jesse
      Yes it is a good idea that when you start off to do it part time and keep your full time job so that you can have an income coming in.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on starting to have an online business.
      I wish you lots of success and thank you for your visit.
      Regards
      Robert Allan

  3. That’s fantastic, you’ve been handling a matter that many people think and want to know more. Working from home on the internet and earning enough or more than you can imagine is a miracle. Work on the Internet requires research, passion, money to spend and plenty of time to spend. I’m trying to reach the goal of making money online but it’s not easy because the errors are obvious and the variations are different. I’m convinced that anyone who wants to succeed may delay but achievement is safe.Thank you

    1. Hi Artian
      Yes there is a lot of online work you can do at home.
      People can and do make lots of money and all from the comfort of their own home.
      Of course you must do your due diligence with research and try to choose the best fit jobs for you and your particular circumstances.
      You need any more pointers then get in touch and I will be happy to help.
      Wishes for your success.
      Robert Allan

  4. Wow! I had no idea that the Virtual Assistant jobs varied so much in responsibility and in pay! The graphics that you’ve shown here are the most informative I’ve seen. I consume information better when in graphics that give me a visual grasp on the statistics that I am reading.

    Are you currently doing any virtual assisting? Are there other similar work from home positions that just give straight work to do rather than perhaps not knowing from day to day what you might be doing?

    I do SOME work from home and my wife used to work full time from home doing medical transcription for a verterinary hospital. Eventually, all that changed as we’ve moved several times (While “Virtual” her job was still based locally).

    You have inspired me to step this up a bit and get my wife to reconsider getting back into it, too.

    1. Hello John
      Happy to pass on my tips and advice John.
      I do like to use graphics quite a lot simply because a lot of people are like you and better understand a visual presentation rather than read blocks of text.
      Its been some time since I personally did any VA type of work but I do freelance occasionally but like to pick and choose the work I do.
      There are a lot of work from home jobs you can do John.
      The best known ones are of course taking surveys, typing, data entry, medical transcription and mystery shopper to name a few. I quite liked that last one because I could sometimes get to go to restaurants and have a great meal then give my opinion on it and all for free.
      Your wife should take it up again and this time don’t do it just locally.
      Spread your wings and go global.
      There is a lot more and more varied work when you are global.
      I wish you all the luck in the world John.
      Have an awesome day.
      Best Regards.
      Robert Allan

  5. There are lots of do’s and don’ts in this very well constructed article about working as a writer from home either doing freelance or virtual assistant work. I think you should turn it into an E book and use it as an opt in gift for those who leave their email address or sign up for Wealthy Affiliate. There is so much valuable information and constructive advice shared here that it would be worth capitalizing on. 

    Your point about valuing yourself as a writer was a good one as the old saying you get what you pay for can determine outcomes. Work will soon dry up if the output does not match the price paid. If a writer can produce quality work he/she should be able to expect to be rewarded financially. 

    I also like the font size, as it was very clear and easy to read. 

    Thank you for sharing 

    1. Hello Judy
      Thank you for your visit and your comment.
      I’m a member of wealthy affiliate and I have published well over four hundred blogs on the various aspects of working online from home.
      More than one member has suggested I break the blogs up into perhaps groups of ten for about forty eBoooks and publish and sell them on Amazon.
      It would be a lot of work though and so much that I wouldn’t have any spare time to spend on my websites.
      I would need to find someone who could do this for me for a percentage of the sales.
      I do have freebies on my other two sites that I give away just because I want to.
      They are pretty good freebies so you should head on over to them and have a looksee.

      https://yourownecommercebusinesswebsite.com

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      Glad you liked my article Judy and the way it was set out.
      Please do visit again.
      Regards.
      Robert Allan

  6. Thanks for the great post. I have been interested in some of the things you spoke about on your post, however I have run into so much crap when I have looked in the past. Seems one link takes me to another all to end up doing some survey somewhere, how long have you been doing it? You enjoy it. Tell me some more about your experience sam fredriksen webmaster bestplace2

    1. Hi Sam, thank you for your comment.
      Yes there is a lot of crap out there and so many scams it can be quite difficult to get a start.
      I personally have been working online for over ten years and just like you I tried many different programs and I did get scammed a few times.
      But you learn to recognize programs for what they are and you can stay away from the.
      Eventually I did come across some good programs and although I didn’t make a great deal of money it did show me that you could earn a decent income working from home.
      I tried MLM, Affiliate Marketing and yes I took a few surveys as well.
      I was even a Mystery Shopper once.
      After a few years doing the various legit programs I found I decided to become a Mentor/Tutor and pass on the experience and knowledge gained to other people who were struggling just like I used to.
      Now I’m with Wealthy Affiliate and have three sites and all three are dedicated to helping people with my tips and advice how they can make money online.
      So far I must have helped hundreds and I will keep on doing that.
      If you want to join Wealthy Affiliate you can look me up and I will help you as well.
      Have a great day.
      Regards.
      Robert Allan

  7. Hi Robert,

    As someone who has been looking for ways to make more money online I had never really thought about being a virtual assistant. I had heard the term before but didn’t fully understand it, but your explanation has meant I now have a much better idea of what I should be doing and what websites I should go on to get help. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Hello Celeste and thank you for your visit and your comment.
      Always happy to point people in the right direction so yes do visit those Virtual Assistant and Freelance site.
      You will never know until you try and working from home just could be the solution to you actually have a new career.
      Onwards and Upwards Celeste.
      Regards
      Robert Allan

  8. Hi Robert,

    Thanks for sharing these work from home opportunities.  As a single mom myself, I’ve asked the same questions.  It’s so hard to find legitimate opportunities to earn an income from home.  Posts like yours help give ideas to those that feel stuck.  I truly appreciate that.  Are there any Virtual Assistant companies that you’ve tried and would recommend to others?

    1. Hi Kris and thank you for taking time out to leave a comment.
      Freelancing as a Virtual Assistant is a great start for single moms (and Dads).
      You can work round the kids
      Take time off when you have to
      No one to tell you when to work
      No one to tell you when you can take a holiday.
      This being said as long as you have a Laptop and an internet connection you can work anywhere.
      No I haven’t worked as a VA for several years simply because I have my own online business.
      I’m also an online Mentor/Tutor from which I earn an income.
      The online company I gave the link to in my article is as good a place to start as any.
      You could also go into VA and/or work from home Forums and ask around.
      You will be sure to get a lot of responses from people who are doing this sort of work.
      If you do decide to give it a go I wish you all the success in the world and if you need any more tips and advice then by all means drop me a line or two via the Contact Form on the right side of this page.
      Warmest Regards.
      Robert Allan

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