Hot Home Business: Virtual Office Services

Want to work from home but not sure what you can do? The Hot Home Business Directory helps you find a business to run out of your home, lists the skills you need to do it and tells how to get started and where to get more information. Read on to find out if this Hot Home Biz is for you!

What You'll Do:
You'll provide administrative services for businesses that either don't have the time or the resources to do this type of work on their own. Realistically, your clients could range from self-employed entrepreneurs and business travelers to small companies. Keeping that in mind, you might be asked to do things as varied as keeping a company's insurance files in order or setting up someone's business travel itinerary.

Skills You'll Need:
This will vary from client to client. In general, good word processing skills are a must. If you have more specialized skills, like bookkeeping, for example, or are familiar with a certain field, you should market yourself directly to the appropriate industry. It is essential to be highly organized, as you might have several clients making demands on your time and skills simultaneously.

Equipment You'll Need:
A good computer and printer. If you want to reach a broader market, then a fax machine will be essential.

Start-up Costs:
A good computer will run anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000. Some computers have an internal fax as well. A good printer ranges from $150 for quality black-and-white output to $700 for more advanced color versions. Fax machines range from $200 to $500.

How Much You Can Expect to Make:
This depends on the state you live in and the demand for your services. Rates might range from $20-$50 an hour. Depending on how many hours you want to work each week, you could make anywhere from $25,000 to $80,000.

Get Advice: Get tips and ideas on how to get started from women who've done it on the Virtual Assistants message board.


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