Seven Years of Working as a Virtual Assistant and Counting

This calls for a celebration! Working as a Virtual Assistant for Seven years? Wow! For me, it’s a milestone because I survived more years of working online than working in an office. I remember when I worked for a BPO company at IT Park, in Lahug, Cebu City, I never lasted for a year. Only ten months to be exact.

How to Become a Virtual Assistant?

Here, I shared at Two Monkeys Travel Group blog about how to become one. I discussed about the skills and tools you need to push through this kind of job.

How to Become A Virtual Assistant

How I Started Being a Digital Nomad?

In this blog post, I discussed where I started. From a high school student dreaming of having a job while working at home and at the same time, I can travel with my laptop.

How I Started Being a Digital Nomad

Different Kinds of Digital Nomad

Not just becoming a virtual assistant, you can still get other jobs as a freelance online worker as a travel writer, programmer and graphic designer. These I mentioned are just among the few but there are several opportunities where you can work and travel at the same time.

Different Kinds of Digital Nomad

Interview with Remote.Co

I am the first Filipino being featured at Remote.Co and asked me about how I successfully work remotely.

Roxanne M. Tamayo

Questions and Answers about Freelancing

Friends and strangers sending me emails and messages asking me about how I work as a freelance online worker. I may have lost count already so it is better for me to write a blog post about this as a guide for my readers.  For more information, please feel free to drop your questions on the comment box so that I can update this article with answers.

Question #1: Where to find a job?

You can find jobs on the following online job portals such as:

  • Upwork – I started working with Upwork and I am still working with different clients until now.
  • Virtual Staff Finder – I have great experience with VSF and I got a client from them as well.
  • Freelancer – I haven’t experience using this.
  • OnlineJobs.ph – I have a profile for this and some friends was able to get their first client here.

Question #2: How to charge or rate my hours?

Some clients prefer charging you on a monthly basis and hourly basis.

  • Monthly basis – starts at $500
  • Hourly basis – starts at $3

Question #3: What are the challenges being a VA?

  • Time difference depends with the client
  • Facebook and other social media distraction
  • Sitting in front of your computer for a prolong time
  • Having eye problems
  • Feeling of loneliness
  • No 13th month bonus, no company benefits, no paid sick leaves and vacation leaves

Question #4: What are the advantages of being a VA?

  • Flexible time depends with the client
  • Pause working for 1 to 2 months then get back to work
  • Travel anywhere I want to
  • Eating while working although not recommended

Questions are very much welcome and your answers can be added as well. Feel free to post on the comments below.

Roxanne is an aspiring digital nomad. A virtual assistant since October 2009. She is a hobbyist blogger, photographer and travels a lot.

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