Part-time jobs usually invoke the image of students working at
the pizzeria or at the nearest fast food joint. Then, there are people
who do two or more jobs, especially over the weekends to keep their
family going. Students tend to love this hands one experience on the
job. They enjoy interaction with customers. Moreover, students quit the
part-time job as the college resumes during the next academic year. The
managers do not seem to mind. A fresh supply of workers is always
However, this is not the case with people forced to
work on two jobs for personal and professional reasons. For these
people, it is not a matter of choice, but that of sustenance. Factory
and construction workers, and teachers often work part-time during
evenings and/or weekends. It is a tough life. Sooner or later the stress
shows in their performance at workplace.
With affordable PCs and
reduced internet costs, it is possible to have your part-time work at in
the comfort of your home. Have you ever consider working as a virtual
assistant on a part-time basis? There would be no more double commute,
and so much less stress. As you will be back home after your regular
job, you will feel mentally more relaxed to handle your part-time job.
No more traffic jams and road rage during those late night commutes.
Leverage your skills:
believe every person has at least three marketable skills. The trick is
to find and tap into it so that you are duly rewarded. This could be
something you are good at, like a hobby. For example, if you are a
teacher, you would also be adept at writing tutorials and other
instructional documents. So, take a second look at your skills and find
three most marketable ones. Every skill has a market, and there is a
client for every market.
Networking is the key:
decided to work as a part-time virtual assistant, you need to set the
ball rolling. As most of the work happens via internet, networking is
the best way to get the word out. This is easy once you have identified
your key marketable skills. Do not spend more than a couple of hours for
networking, or else you will not have time to work on the assignment.
Part-time is not full-time:
you start on your job as a part-time virtual assistant, from home ie
after your regular office hours, does not mean you have to continue
working until past midnight. Like any other part-time job, stick to a
schedule. Otherwise, it will be very hard on the family. Family comes
first, not the job. You are working for the family, so enjoy your time
with them, you deserve it.
One bite at a time:
allure of accomplishing more in less time is great, and many fall into
the trap of biting off more than they can chew. This is a sure shot
recipe for a failed part-time venture. When faced with two offers at the
same time, accept the one that suits your schedule or skills, and,
either ask a later date to start on the other, or politely refuse to
work on it. This will show you are forthcoming and responsible and
clients respect that in a virtual assistant.
Work smart, not hard:
for jobs at job-portals drain valuable time and energy, which you can
otherwise use to deliver results that compliment your skills. The trick
for being a successful virtual assistant is in working smart, not hard.
You can either choose to scout for jobs at these job portals, or act
smart by getting in touch with sources who can give you assignments that
match your skills.
Deepa Govind is a Homepreneur
(An Entrepreneur working from home) since 2006. She is proficient in
developing web-based applications using Zoho creator as the
developmental platform. She also works on eBook formatting, ghostwriting
for blogs, newsletters etc. She interacts with her readers and aspiring
freelancers at her website.