VA work, working at home

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Registered: 03-25-2003
VA work, working at home
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Sat, 09-05-2009 - 1:40am

About 10 or so years ago, I had a small virtual assistance business. Most of my work, however, came from local folks who needed someone to do a couple of hours work a week.

I got married and moved. Because I needed more income, I took a full time job. Then I was offered a full time job at 3x the money in another state. So, DH and I moved. Long story short - I am no longer working there, am on unemployment nearing the end of my claim amount, and applying for disability. I need to get work that I can do from home so that I can allow for my disabilities.

I'd like to restart my business in order to get some money coming in while I wait for disability, which could take a long time. Even if I get it, I can still work part time legally.

I need some ideas as to the best way to get started. I'd like to have a website. I've looked at a couple of web hosting companies and it looks like Yahoo has the best price with the best features since I don't write HTML. The phone books just came out so that's not an issue right now. I've never had much success with newspapers.

Does anyone have any other ideas as to how to get business?

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Registered: 07-24-2009
Mon, 09-07-2009 - 1:33am

Instead of a full blown website, you may want to start with a blog.

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Registered: 12-17-2004
Mon, 09-07-2009 - 8:42pm

Hello! Welcome to the board! I agree with Audrey's suggestion about having a blog. Blogging is a great way to stir up interest in your business.

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Registered: 10-26-2009
Mon, 10-26-2009 - 2:19am

You can absolutely make money from home as a Virtual Assistant. Not only that you can make more money than you think. Many women (and men) are earning CEO level pay as Virtual Assistants.

Make sure you think of the following:

1. What are your skills?
2. Who are your customers?
3. What is your Niche?
4. Do you have the tools, technology, equipment, space?
5. Create a website (someone suggested a blog, but I suggest a blog and a full site, you can use wordpress.org to create a great site really inexpensively, and the learning curve is low.
6. Check the laws in your area re: business licenses
7. Be your own best first client by getting your business in order, then..
8. Market 24/7 - you can work locally, and across the country and literally the world.

Stephanie Watson http://www.virtualassistantmoms.com
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Registered: 12-17-2004
Wed, 10-28-2009 - 9:42pm

These are GREAT tips and suggestions! Thanks so much for taking the time to post these for others.

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