Ways college students can earn money: become a virtual assistant

With college tuition cost rising at about six times the rate of inflations, the majority of students are forced to consider how to afford college and save as much money as possible.

While getting a full-time job in college isn’t recommended, if you want to keep your grades up and complete your assignments on time, you could still do some paid work in your spare time. We know, this means cutting down on your social time, but times of austerity call for severe measures.

One of the proven ways to make money as a college student is to work as a virtual assistant (VA). A VA provides services to individuals or large organizations, but they work online instead of having to come in at the office every day.

Some common tasks a VA has to perform include making phone calls, answering emails, doing Internet research, data entry, editing, writing, scheduling appointments, proofreading, tech support, event planning and more.

So do you think that might be the job for you. That’s great. You can get started immediately. Just fire up a browser on your laptop or tablet and start searching the Internet for sites offering virtual assistant positions.

You’ll notice that some might appear to be more reliable than others, but remember that for freelancing jobs like this the best place to start is Upwork. Here you’ll find a large community of employees seeking freelance assistant, including organizations and individual looking for virtual assistant.

Another well-known website which has been known to connect virtual assistants with employers is AssistantMarch. This year, the website is celebrating 10 years in business, so it’s a great place to start your search for jobs.

If for some reason you don’t like any of those two, you could try Fancy Hands, although you’ll have to be US-based to join the ranks of virtual assistants seeking employment.

But how much money will you make as a virtual assistant? It depends on your skill level and the type of service you provide, naturally. For example, tasks like data entry might get you $10/hour, but if you can demonstrate highly specialized expertise you could make a lot more an hour.




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