Someone who juggles her family calendar without breaking a sweat might have what it takes to become a virtual assistant. Clients could include a business owner looking for someone to handle e-mail, scheduling and travel arrangements or a busy executive who wants you to schedule her children’s doctors appointments.
What you bring to the table: Administrative experience; excellent organizational and time-management skills so you can juggle a multitude of tasks and a pleasant phone manner. It also helps if you know Microsoft Office.
What you can expect to earn: About $10 per hour at a staffing agency; up to $30 per hour if you work directly with clients. Top VAs earn $60 an hour.
How to get started: Contact businesses in your area or advertise on Craigslist. Or register with an agency such as FreeUpWork.com, eaHelp.com or Zirtual.com, which assign clients to you.