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Work at home as a virtual office temp

Work at home as a virtual office temp
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If you have ever had a temporary job, you know how convenient it can be to "temp." For starters, you can keep a flexible work schedule, where you go in when you have the time, but stay home on days you're busy taking care of the kids, running errands, or when you just need a break from the office.

If you're OK with having an uncertain work schedule, and paying for health insurance on your own, being a temp can be great. Plus, it's pretty easy to get started.

Years ago, you would go into a staffing agency's office, to be interviewed by a recruiter. You'd demonstrate your skills by taking tests for typing, computer programs, data entry and even answering phones.

Once you passed, your recruiter would call you whenever they had a job opening that matched your skills. While that still happens today, more temp jobs are moving online, both in the way you get these jobs, and the way you perform these jobs.

One Cool Site you may want to check out for temporary or full-time virtual assistant jobs is VirtualAssistants.com. You may also want to check out the International Virtual Assistants Association. Virtual Assistants is like a dating service. You check out job listings, and apply for the ones that sound good. Have your resume ready, with your past employers listed, and your office skills highlighted.

Note: VirtualAssistants is a paid site; $9.99 per month, or $49.99 per year.

However, there are plenty of free sites to find virtual assistant jobs. Just type in "virtual assistant" or "work from home" on job sites like Indeed.com or Upwork. You'll find companies looking for virtual assistants with skills such as clerical, data entry and bookkeeping. Or, post your resume on these sites, with your job title Virtual Assistant.

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