If you have the basic equipment and skills, one of the potentially easiest online businesses to start is that of a virtual assistant. As with any business, launching it takes organization and effort, but since demand is high it may be easier to find customers. Depending on the area where you want to focus, this may also not require learning new skills. For example, managing email and researching topics online are probably already in your wheelhouse.
The skills are more technical for podcast producing than some of the other options, but it’s definitely a growing field of opportunity if you have or can learn those skills. You’ll need to know how to edit audio and most likely video since many podcasts are both.
Graphic Creator and Editor
This description differs from what you may think of as a classic Graphic Designer in that Graphic Designers usually need to have higher level skills of graphic creation, editing, and high end software along and sometimes college degrees. For social media and blog posts, however, most companies don’t need full “graphic design.” They need someone with an eye and the skills to create images for blog posts and social media. This can easily be done with low cost tools like PicMonkey.
You can learn more about using PicMonkey in a blog I wrote at WhiteGloveWebTraining.com, my site dedicated to WordPress Tips. https://whiteglovewebtraining.com/resize-images-uploading-wordpress/
Social Media Posting
Many small businesses outsource the management of their social media. Daily posting takes time which most business owners don’t have. If you’re looking for a business that requires daily posting and interactions with others online, then this might be a good option for your business.
Blog Post Writer
Just as many businesses outsource their social media posting, many also outsource writing their blog posts. If you can form proper sentences and put together ideas that engage people, writing posts may be a good fit.
Key Skills Every Remote Business Owner Needs
For some, the hardest skills when owning a business are not the technical know-how but the business and organizational skills. If you can’t complete work on time and don’t keep up with your customers, you will lose them.
- Ability to work without a supervisor
- Ability to meet deadlines
- Communication Skills
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Transcript of Remote Work Video
Hey everybody, it’s Kim Shivler. And in this article, which is actually an add on to the Brevard Spotlight Magazine article for April, 2020, we’re going to talk about legitimate ways to build a remote business. You may have seen the ads and the hype of, Oh my goodness, there’s no work and you just buy this one plugin or this one product and you make money hand over fist without working remote. Nobody controls you, blah, blah, blah. And I’m sure that by now you see that as the fluff and the BS that it actually is. However, there are some real ways to make money online and remote, uh, either as a full time business or a side hustle. And today we’re going to look at some of those, one of my favorites. Yeah. And this depends too on where does your money, um, need to be, right? So if you’re looking for a career, uh, a business that pays somewhere between 30 and $45,000 a year and even more virtual assisting may be a great plan for you.
And the reason I, I hesitate before I say even more, I’m trying to keep it in the normal levels. Like have you ever noticed like that you see a weight loss commercial and they’ve lost, Oh, I lost 20 pounds on this or I lost 30 pounds on this or I leftlost x. And then on there there’s this fine print that says this is not the norm. No, I want to be the norm. And the norm is that good virtual assistants can charge anywhere from $15 up an hour, which if they’re working full time can make them $30,000 per year, plus an hour. Excuse me, I hear 30,000 an hour who I want to sign on for that. Uh, but, but it’s out there and we just need to, if that’s something that interests you, we want to look at how you get there. The first thing I would say to do is to evaluate who you are as a worker.
Do you like sitting in front of the computer like I am right now and working or do you need to be up and out and about with the public? Because virtual assistant work, a lot of it is in front of a computer. It is things like managing people’s email accounts, uploading blog posts, creating social media images. So there’s a lot of computer work and if that’s good for you then this may be a great opportunity for you. As with all self-employed options, small business owner options. One of the things or a few of the things you have to make sure you’re good at is holding yourself accountable. You can’t be the kind of person who needs a boss to direct them in order to get things done because you have to be self-directed. You have to get in there and go, okay, here’s what I need to do and get it done.
You have to be deadline oriented. Uh, you need to have good communication skills because you have to communicate with your client even if you’re not meeting in person. And I would say even more when you’re not meeting in person, your communication skills online need to be excellent because when we’re communicating online, sometimes we miss the visual and the auditory cues we have when we’re speaking to someone in person. So these are just a few of the highlights that you will need in order to create a successful, virtual assistant business. And that’s one of my favorites though for people who want an opportunity to work remote, make their own lives, make their own career. I have others in here, we’re going to talk about audio editing and video editing, social media management and images, particularly images for social media, images for blog posts.
If you have an eye for graphics and you can use even basic graphics programs that can be a really nice niche for you. So one of the things we’re going to do is we actually dig into the how to become a virtual assistant class, which has the bonus of as you progress through the class and take the test at the end, being able to put your hat in the ring for getting gigs, because I always seem to need VA’s and the people I interact with, the other business owners I interact with always seem to need VAs. So there’s a an extra opportunity here than just on learning. So what I’m going to ask you to do now is make sure if you haven’t yet, sign up for the how to become a virtual assistant class. Make sure you’re in the class, ask questions. We’re here to work together and then I will see you again for future class.
One of the things I’m going to do in that class is explore or explain some of the other classes of mine you really should take, like how to build a WordPress website in eight hours or less. As a VA, you could you just create a really basic Squarespace or Wix site advertising yourself? Yes, but if you’ve got some WordPress chops, it’s going to give you more work and a chance for some higher level paid work. So I’m going to ask you to build your website in WordPress and some of the other things you’re going to want to do. Learn a little bit about videos and video tools and image tools, and we’re going to talk about all of that. So I hope you’ll join me. I’m going to have all the registration signup and webinar information on this page. I look forward to seeing you soon. I’m Kim Shivler. Bye.
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