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5 Common Fundraising Mistakes that Might Be Hurting Your Organization

Fundraising is hard work, done with the best intentions in mind. While you might get caught up in the spirit of “doing good,” you could be doing it wrong. Whether it’s a communication failure or a lack of foresight, here are five mistakes you’ll want to avoid when…

Life Changes I Wish I’d Made Sooner

By the time I turned 25, I was sure my life was a single-lane highway.

A single-lane highway with no exits. As far as I was concerned, I was headed in the same direction, with no…

3 Easy Ways to Share Nature With Your Kids This Summer

There’s something about the summer that brings out the fun in kids. Long summer days without any thought of school foster the type of carefree living children relish every year. The only bad thing about the summer is it can go by really fast. As parents, it is important to…

There are several companies out there that will hire you to work from home as a virtual assistant if you have secretarial or administrative assistant experience. If you have the  time to spend to promote your business to get it up and running you will make more by starting your own business as a virtual assistant.

  • If you don’t have enough experience or feel like your experiences could use a boost or would like to add a specialty to your experience, check out AssistU‘s training
  • If you have never worked as a virtual assistant before, try out some assignments working for another company or as a freelancer before investing money in starting up your own company
  • Odesk and Virtual Office Temps are great places to find some freelancing jobs to try out this type of work and get some experience
  • Register your business with state and local governments in your area.
  • Start a website to promote your new business and list what services you will be offering as well as your experience
  • Research similar business and services in your area to determine what prices to charge
  • If you are transitioning from a full time job, work on the start up during your off time until you are busy enough to leave your full time job
  • Expect to put in a lot of hours at first because you will not only be working on what ever assignments you bring in but also on marketing your business
  • Make sure you have all the equipment needed to do your assignments including fax/copy machine, etc.
  • Spend a lot of time networking and promoting. Some sites to check out include IVAA.org, VANetworking.com, and SVAClub.com.

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