I have heard about "Working from Home" from my mentor Jomar Hilario, the Philippines' Internet Guru and got interested so I enrolled in his workshop "How to be a Virtual Assistant" sometime in April 2010.
After so many excuses and with a drastic change in my financial status, I finally decided to pursue becoming a VA, in the meantime as a part-timer, and build a career from there. I hope to be a full-timer later so that I could spend more time with my son, being a single mom and all.
There are so many sites where you can learn on how to start a career in VA but the lesson of Jomar was so concise, I had no trouble applying what I learned even though I didn't do the homework at the end of the lesson (forgive me, Jomar!) but I am doing all of it: the application and the homework (this blog is one of the homeworks) simultaneously so I could already begin looking for a job right away! I'm a chronic multi-tasker, you know ;)
So the first step which is the most difficult is to DECIDE! Yup, DECIDE that you want to dedicate some of your free time to this job --- less Facebook time, no more Plants vs. Zombies, no more late night-outs, etc.--- or all your work time if you want to do this as your day job (or night if your employer is on a different time-zone). DECIDE that you can earn from home and spend more time with your loved ones! And DECIDE that in the near future, you will be your own boss!
In my next post, I will tell you about my application to Odesk, the best marketplace for online work!