Emergency Cash Tip #6: Freelance as an Virtual Assistant
By Ralf Skirr.
One easy way to raise some emergency cash fast is to work as an virtual assistant.
Usually, this means doing things like record-keeping, database entry, and other repetitive tasks.
However, in other situations, it might mean something like submitting links to directories, managing an affiliate program, or something like that.
Whatever the case may be, the only requirement is usually that you be good with computers and with the Microsoft Office suite of products.
Other than that, you will probably be given a detailed set of instructions that explain exactly what you should be doing on a daily basis.
When looking for administrative assistant jobs, a good place to look is www.elance.com.
If you need immediate payment, you should look for one-time, small jobs. Put in a low bid; and offer to work around the clock until you complete it.
If you do a good job, there’s a chance the client will release the funds to you within days, which you can then transfer to your PayPal account.
Alternatively, you can pick up very large jobs; and require clients to make a deposit of, say, 30% on acceptance of your bid. This means that you will get 30% of the project’s full cost as soon as you are hired, which you can immediately transfer to your PayPal account and then deposit in your bank.
As a final note, one key to doing well with these types of projects is to make credible bids.
- You can do this by writing a proposal that is specifically tailored to the project, rather than just writing something generic.
- You can also do this by submitting samples of your relevant work, a copy of your resume, and anything else that might provide pertinent information to the job poster.