After honing your skills and deciding which virtual career you would take, the next step is to open an account in a reputable and dependable freelancing website.
As a neophyte virtual assistant, I have only so far used oDesk in starting my career online and I find it to be user-friendly. Well, not at the beginning when I had to set up my resume and portfolio but it only shows that this site means business and would only tolerate serious contractors. But it was oDesk's helpful tests and guides that landed me my first job on my 3rd application, considering that it was mentioned in oDesk's blog that the first gig is usually sealed after an average of 45 applications!
oDesk is described as:
"... a company with a global job marketplace and a series of tools targeted at businesses that intend to hire and manage remote workers. Based in Menlo Park, CA, oDesk was founded by Odysseas Tsatalos and Stratis Karamanlakis. The name is a short version of "no desk" in reference to the company's intent to enable anyone to work anywhere, anytime."I'd advise you to open an account in oDesk even if you have no idea yet how to use it so that you can already access the site as you study their instructions. Here's a simple presentation on how to open an account in oDesk: