With so many businesses operating mostly, or even completely, online, it’s no wonder that many hire virtual assistants to help keep them organized and complete administrative tasks. According to the International Virtual Assistants Association, these workers are “independent contractors who (from a remote location, usually their home or office) support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.”
Being able to trade for a living successfully means reaching a level of excellence that most people will never achieve, no matter what career they choose. It’s the difference between being a movie extra and an Oscar-winning actor. Between playing in a pick-up football game in the park and being the Superbowl MVP. Between a weekend musician and a rock star.
It’s fairly easy to build your own website if you take advantage of the many free learning opportunities online. However, much of the population isn’t equipped to build their own site, or doesn’t have the time, which is why so many people make a living building websites and blogs for others. According to the BLS, around 16% of web developers were self-employed in 2016, with the vast majority able to work at home, or anywhere with a laptop and speedy Internet connection.

What It Is: Think Mary Kay (cosmetics), Pampered Chef (kitchenware), or Rodan + Fields (skincare) — over time, you build a base of clients to whom you sell a company's wares. "There are several reasons why I decided to become a consultant," says Rodan + Fields independent consultant Debbie Royer. "I had seen how much of a blessing the business had been to a friend of mine and my sister-in-law. Plus, everything can be done from my phone, and being a mom to a preschooler and an infant I don't have a lot of extra time to be sitting at a computer."
You have likely heard of subscription boxes such as Birchbox and Julep. While almost anyone can start a subscription box service, they can be incredibly labor-intensive and the profit margin usually isn’t so great for those operating on a small scale. Did you know you could start a subscription for your knowledge that’s almost pure profit? With sites like SubHub, you can offer a monthly membership offering anything from meal plans to workout plans to crocheting patterns and beyond. The sky is the limit. You do need to provide new content on a consistent schedule to keep your customers happy. But if there is something your friends are always looking to you for new ideas, you may have an easy little side business on your hands.
”My experience with G.I. Jobs was phenomenal! When I reached out for assistance during my retirement from the Navy last fall the team at G.I. Jobs, and especially Justin Pearson, were invaluable. Justin took time out of his day to do a interview with me and then in turn publish it so potential employers could get to know me. This catapulted my job search as it provided me with the much needed exposure to hiring managers. Secondary to that the job board on G.I. Job's website was a great resource.There are a large variety of positions available and the best part is they are connected with those employers! I would apply to a position, give Justin a heads up, and he would connect me with someone at the company! It doesn't get any better than that!! I cannot thank Justin and the team at G.I. Jobs enough! You all are ROCKSTARS!! If you are veteran, get connected with them. If you are company looking for great people, get connected with them NOW!"
I’m always happy to tell my readers that making money online takes time and a lot of hard work. I think this post excellently sums up the difficulties of making it online, but also the benefits if you can stick with it and make a success of it. I know from experience that the hard work is needed, but I’m now starting to see the fruits of my effort.
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“I think it depends almost entirely on the individual,” says Jenny Foss, a recruiter, career coach and founder of the career blog JobJenny.com. “As someone who made the transition--first to working part-time in an office and part-time at home, and then to being at home full time, and now, back to a split schedule--I understand first-hand that working from home is much different than an office environment. Those who are going adjust well to it, and be happy with working from home, will be those who are self-disciplined with their time, don't rely on face-to-face banter with co-workers throughout the day, and those who are independent when it comes to administrative issues that will invariably crop up throughout any given week.”
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