How to Become a Virtual Assistant

In my last post, I shared how I got my first online job. That was my big break! It had opened to a great opportunity!  Instantly, I become Virtual Assistant!

Imagine, I am now in my 50’s… I never thought that I can still get a job, be paid in dollars and have an online career! Above is an infographic I created to visualize how I become a Virtual Assistant.

Identify Skills

When I decided to look for an online job, I asked myself what are the skills I already have? Taking Virtual Assistant courses did not come into my mind. So, I assessed my skills. What I am good at? I can blog, write, research and do graphic design. These skills were my first investment.

Prepare Equipment and Tools

The major equipment I need is a laptop, that I already have. We already have the internet! So, I jump into the next step.

Look for clients, right away

Yes, I look for clients right away. I joined Upwork, Onlinejobs.ph and subscribed to Craiglist. And after a few weeks, I got my first online job. I saw a job post on Craiglist and the lady is looking for a researcher. I try my luck! I emailed her, exchanged a couple of emails and after a couple of days, she decided to hire me.

Identify your rate and how your clients will be able to pay you

For that first online job, I was paid a measly $2.50 per hour. I worked 2-3 hours per day for more than 6 months. Yes, I know my rate at that time was so low! But I don’t have any idea how should I rate myself, ha! If only I know. Anyways, that was charged to experience. The lesson I got from that experience is never ever under rate your work, your self!

So, that’s it!

Aside from Upwork and Craiglist please visit these  43 Freelancing Websites too.

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My First Online Job

How did I get my first online job?

May 2014 was my big break in working online. It was a research and article writing for an American client. It was my first online job!  Curious how I got it?

I find myself looking a job ad in Craiglist (a classified advertisement website).   I applied through email expressing my interest to the job.  After several days my client replied through email, she said that I am hired. She asked when I can start to work. She also said she will pay me $2.00/hour through Paypal. I was so happy! I  replied the email. The following day, I received an email from my client, she wrote in full detail the instructions of my job. That was it!

I got the job easy peasy. My first online job was unforgettable.  My client did not ask for my resume. And no interview and test was done. It was also a long term job, more than 7 months!  To boot, my client was so nice.  She also pays pronto.

After this first online job, I have to experience the hardships of finding another job. I need to go the process of submitting resumes. I write and re-write cover letters, and do tests/exams. After my first online job, I was unfortunate to land a long-term job again. I have even scammed huhu.

My first online job was such a positive experience! It pushed me to have an online career. How about you? How did you get your first online job?

Back to the Blogging World

Hello there.

I am Maxine and I am returning to the blogging world after more than two years of hiatus. Yes, I’m back to blogging and I missed my virtual friends and blog groups I joined in. I am so excited to hear from you again. I am so excited to share my musings (hey, this is my ex-blog name!), as well as my rants.

I took a break from blogging because of my online work and other obligations. I take part time jobs online, but it was hard on my schedule, because, a couple of years ago,  I still have a tutorial job, my homemaker responsibilities, and I am in-charge of taking care of my granddaughter. What I did is to give up blogging. Which I think was a bad move.

I think two years lull from blogging was a remorseful move. My blog could be a great showcase for my skills – blogging, website building,  and other related skills.  I could have advanced my knowledge in this field. Anyways, it’s too late to be regretful. Here I am back to blogging.

Yes, I work online. I am a Virtual Assistant and accepts part time job. I do admin support – web research, data collection,  data entry, and data management. I also do content writing and social media management and marketing.

I did attempt to set up my blog again for a million times, ha-ha,  but it was always a failure. But today…what is happening? I am writing my first posts! I am blogging again! Hooray!

Welcome to my blog, peeps!