My daring way to find my niche

Finding my niche was hard. For the last two years, of being a freelancer/virtual assistant I was in a state of confusion of what is my niche. What services I will sell. What is my niche? I like research job, I like marketing, graphic design…but I also like social media, ha-ha!

But last year, I came to settle down of what I really love to do. Here is my daring way to find my niche.

First, I asked myself what are the skills that I am good? Look, here’s my skill set:

  1. Research
  2. Graphic Design
  3. Social Media
  4. Writing
  5. Planning and organizing

Second, what do I enjoy doing most? I enjoy social media the most. I like to connect with my family and relatives. I like to belong to a group. I like to share photos.

Based on these, I decided to become a social media marketer! Wow, daring, isn’t it?

In this job, I will be doing what I like to do and I will enjoy doing it. Did you know I already got 3 clients for this job? Two were a short termed project. The other client?  I’m with her for 10 months now, ha-ha. She is in a recruiting business in London.

So, that is my daring way to find my niche…ha-ha.

That’s correct, I am proud to call myself a social media marketer. I am learning and acquiring skills. I am reading a lot of stuff about social media marketing online. I enrolled myself to free webinars. I joined Facebook groups who are social media marketers.

Need to say this? I am enjoying and loving it! How about you? Have you found your niche?

Can you become a Virtual Assistant with No Experience

Can you become a Virtual Assistant with no experience?
My answer is yes.
I think as long as you know how to use a computer and have an internet connection, you are set to go. You can be a Virtual Assistant with no experience! I have shared here how I started my freelancing/virtual assistance career. I capitalize my research skills.  Ah, research work… that’s what I know back then.  I am confident to offer that service to anyone who will hire me.

Guess what I did? What I did is look for research jobs. I was fortunate to get a research job in such a very short period of rummaging the internet, ha-ha! And that was the start of my freelance/virtual assistant career. And I may say, I have no experience at all!

What should I be doing? Researching. My client asked me to look for Paleo recipes. Googled it and I do find tons of recipes.  I copy paste the recipes into my client’s database.  And that was it. That was easy. Anyone can do that!

Anyone can do that!

Is that job needs experience? No!

Did my client ask for my experience in research work? No!

Easy isn’t it? I got an online job that lasted for more than 6 months! And that was the start of my freelancing or virtual assisting.

The lesson I learned is that you should be CONFIDENT. If you have the skill and you want to help others with your skill, and by any means go for it. Look for that job… look high and low, haha.

And now I may add, after 3 years of freelancing/virtual assisting…pick a NICHE. What skill you are good or great? What is it that you really, really love to do? Is it writing? Is it researching? Transcribing? Graphic design? Web design?

Focus on that skill. And upgrade your skill. Learn, learn, learn! Why pick a niche? Because you need to have a lot of experience in that niche or in that line of work you choose. In the process you become skilled, you specialize in that niche. You become an expert! In addition to these, it is much easier to find clients.  Remember that experts are the ones seeking out by clients, not the other way around.

So, if you are knowledgeable or have the skill in the following area, start your freelancing/virtual assistant career now. Yes, even you don’t have experience.

  1. Writer/Blogger – if you have skill in writing, offer your services by writing blog posts, articles, essays, newsletters, press releases, social media content, and other digital content.
  2. Social Media Manager – if you can post, share, pin, tweet and update your social media you can offer this kind of service, too. You can upgrade this skill by familiarizing yourself with automation tools like Hootsuite, Buffer, and the like, and learn even basic graphic design. Or upgrade your graphic design skills.
  3. E-commerce Assistant – selling online is very popular these days. Online store owners need help in writing a product description, responding to inquiries, promote sales or run the day-to-day operations of a store. If you are good in this field, it is a great opportunity to gain experience.
  4. Real Estate Assistant – A lot of realtors are looking for support for their business, they need someone to manage their calendar, market open houses, write listing descriptions. If you are interested in this field it is a good opportunity to gain experience.

Want to earn online? Want to be a Virtual Assistant? Start now!!

Hey…come back here and share with me your journey to the freelancing/virtual assistance world.

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!

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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!