COMPUTER PROFITS FROM HOME
By Diana Ennen
Virtual Assisting/Web Designing/ Etc. What's Right For You?
On your mark-Get Set- Go!!!
You're ready-You've finally got it-The top of the line, 800 MHz, 512 MB SDRAM, computer with all the bells and whistles. It walks, it talks, it connects at the speed of sound, and has everything you'd ever need, plus some, but will it make you money? Absolutely!!! And we're going to show you how!
There are numerous ways to utilize your computer for a home-based business. The key is finding the right one for you. First consider your skills and expertise and most importantly what you enjoy doing. Remember, it's a combination of the three that makes for a winning business. Those with good secretarial and Internet skills might want to consider virtual assisting, whereas those with a flair for figures might prefer accounting or bookkeeping. For those who live on the web and have the creative touch, how about starting a web designing business or desktop publishing. Then there's always computer tutoring, resume consulting, real estate transaction coordinators, etc. The possibilities are limitless and with the growth of the Internet, and the advancement in technology today, it just keeps getting better.
As an example, virtual assisting businesses are constantly in the media today and businesses are taking note and looking for VAs to assist them. For example, it was recently noted in Time Magazine and other top books and magazines that VA businesses are considered among the top 10 home-based businesses to start.
What's a Virtual Assistant? A virtual assistant provides service from a home office to anywhere in the world using their high-speed access, e-mails, fax machines as well as many web-based applications. They can handle your typing, your scheduling, e-mails, real estate transactions, your legal briefs, your medical transcription, your website, and more. The virtual revolution has truly begun and businesses are taking full advantage of the expertise of these professionals.
Once you decide on a business, then you're ready to make it happen. The first thing you'll want to do is to write everything down. All your thoughts and dreams and how you plan to achieve them. Decide on the hours you want to work, the price you want to charge, the marketing you plan to implement, the equipment and supplies required, and your goals and visions for your business. This is your plan for success. This is essential. Too many leave this vital step out and then don't have a clear focus for their business.
Then research and read everything you can on starting your business. Find out how the pros have done it and gain from their experience. Don't just limit yourself to reading books-that's only one avenue, although a good one. (Do check out my book on starting a Virtual Assisting business-- see below!) Look to the Internet. Find message boards and chats that relate to the area that you want to go into. Often times these are managed by people who have been in business for years and are willing to share their experience. Not only will you gain their expertise, but also that of those who frequent the boards. These will be others who are starting a business, or who are succeeding in business, and willing to share their knowledge with you.
Here are just a few sites and associations that I recommend you explore: www.hbwm.com, www.IAVOA.com, www.work-the-web.com, www.virtualwordpublishing.com. www.GuruNET.net, www.revanetwork.com, www.another8hours.com, www.virtualbizgroup.com, www.cvasuccess.com, www.ivaa.org, www.bizymoms.com, www.mtdaily.com, www.Ryze.com, www.mompreneursonline.com, www.iVillage.com,
Also, do a search on the Internet for the type of business you want to go into. Look to their sites. Find the common denominators. What associations do most belong to? What services do most offer? This is just research, but it will help in providing you ideas for what you want to do with your business. Look to their links page and check out their links. This is especially true for those organizational websites. Again, write down all your findings.
Sign up for newsletters! The knowledge is tremendous and the motivation well worth it! If you go to my website at www.virtualwordpublishing.com. You can see a complete listing of great newsletters that will provide tips and suggestions on starting a business and other marketing ideas.
Get additional training if necessary. Once you decide what you want to do, then find out exactly what other skills you will need to make it possible. For virtual assistants, I highly recommend Virtual Assistance U for additional training.
With all your knowledge that you have now, and it all written down in your plan, you're ready to take the next steps in starting a business¾ your business. Your dream! Enjoy and remember nothing is impossible as long as you give it your all. Success happens when you make it happen. Good luck!
About the Author
Diana Ennen, Author: Virtual Assistant ~ The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA (Available at Amazon and Borders, www.VA-theseries.com), & Words From Home: How To Start a Home-Based Word Processing Business, www.virtualwordpublishing.com, Diana@virtualwordpublishing.com (E-mail me for a free booklet on getting started.)
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