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Top 10 Virtual Job Picks for 2008

Brought to you by LittleWhiteEbook.com: Your complete source for virtual job guides. Email: littlewhiteebook@gmail.com This report details virtual careers that are slated for major growth in 2008: 1. The Virtual Customer Service Representative 2. The Virtual Telemarketer 3. The Virtual Reservation Agent 4. The Virtual Assistant 5. The Virtual Teacher 6. The Virtual Trainer 7. The Virtual Tutor 8. The Virtual Concierge 9. The Virtual Proofreader 10. The Virtual Translator

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Pick 1: The Virtual Customer Service Representative

So, what is a virtual customer service representative?
A virtual customer service representative is simply a customer service rep that has been hired to work from the comfort of their home. If you have strong people skills, a high-speed internet connection, a landline, and a quiet place to work, there’s a good chance you can make it through the screening process. You should also be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, although many companies that hire these reps work full-time.

Pay rates: $7 to $30 an hour Hiring status: Independent contractors or W-2 employees with full benefits

Companies that hire virtual customer service representatives:
• • • • • LiveOps Working Solutions 1-800-FLOWERS 1-800-CONTACTS Drugstore.com

Who hires virtual customer service representatives?
Some companies are large online retailers such as Drugstore.com or 1-800-FLOWERS. Others are companies that specialize in outsourcing and assisting business giants in cutting costs without cutting corners – such a LiveOps and Working Solutions. Every employer that hires in this capacity has different needs based on their location, hours, clients, skills, and industry. While many virtual customer service representative employers pay hourly wages, other pay by the minute or by the call, so make sure you do the research to find out what employer works best for you.

There are currently over 120 companies that hire home-based customer service agents across the US, with 110,000 employees that work from home. That number is expected to triple by 2010.

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Pick 2: The Virtual Telemarketer

So, what is a virtual telemarketer?
A virtual telemarketer, like a virtual customer service representative, works from their home. They make outbound calls to businesses and/or consumers on behalf clients. Virtual telemarketing positions are ideal if you’ve got some experience in sales. Like customer service positions, a high-speed internet connection, a landline, and a quiet place to work are essential musthaves when applying for these types of positions. It may also be required that you have a fax machine. Many W-2 telemarketing positions require that you work-part time hours – ideal for stay at home parents looking for some extra cash. You should also be able to work during normal business hours for B2B campaigns (usually 9-5), and legal telemarketing hours (usually 8-9 ) if you’re calling consumers. There are many times when you will be calling outside of your own time zone, so these hours may vary.

Pay rates: $7 to $20 an hour, sometimes w/bonuses based on performance Hiring status: Independent contractors or W-2 employees with full benefits

Companies that hire virtual telemarketers:
• • • • • Superior Telemarketing Baby 2 Bee Covenant Business Group Dial NLS Telereach

Who hires virtual telemarketers?

Most companies that employ virtual telemarketers are outsourced to – meaning they call on behalf of a In the US, there are currently about 40 variety of clients that don’t want to companies that specialize in hiring homedo keep a telemarketing staff in their based telemarketers. Expect that number to go office. Many will hire you on as an up as election season approaches. independent contractors vs. employee.

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Pick 3: The Virtual Reservation Agent

So, what is a virtual reservation agent?
Virtual reservation agents are exactly what they sound like – people hired to work from home and assist (oftenweary) travelers with their arrangements. These jobs require special software skills such as experience with SABRE, a reservation system used by many airlines and hotels.

Many, if not most, companies that hire for these positions require you to live close to their training centers so they can train you themselves. Once Pay rates: $7 to $11 an hour, with shift differentials, standard benefits, and travel benefits you’re comfortable with their software system, they send you home Hiring status: Independent contractors with your equipment. or W-2 employees with full benefits Like customer service positions, a high-speed internet connection, a land line, and a quiet place to work are essential must-haves when applying for these types of positions. You’ll also need a good set of nerves. Travel companies tend to send call overflow to their homebased workers – which means when there’s a travel nightmare brewing due to weather, you’ll be the one talking to those irate callers.

Companies that hire virtual reservation agents:
• • • • • Jet Blue American Airlines Continental Airlines Marriott Global Reservations Outrigger Hotels

There are currently over 25 companies, including outsource partners, that hire homebased reservation agents. Many others in the travel and hospitality industry have implemented their own “beta tests” for telecommuters as well as plans for incorporating virtual call centers into their communications plans – especially with the delays and problems many encountered with bad weather in early 2007.

Who hires virtual reservations agents?
Airlines, hotels, and others in the hospitality industry. The good news is that you get travel benefits, and you’re always a W-2 employee.

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Pick 4: The Virtual Assistant

So, what is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant is something of a hybrid between a personal assistant and an office assistant. They’re the ones that handle tasks that a business owner just can’t make the time to do. This might mean making phone calls, sending faxes, sending Ecards, data entry, or handling directory submissions for websites big and small. If you have specific skills such as web design, technical writing, graphic design, event planning, or working with advanced computer programs, there are many employers who would be interested in hiring you for specific projects or daily tasks. Don’t worry – if you’re somebody with traditional secretarial skills such as typing, updating calendars, and coordinating meetings – there are many employers that can still use your services.

Pay rates: $12 to $50 an hour, depending on tasks, employee status and clients Hiring status: Independent contractors or W-2 employees with full benefits

Companies that hire or place virtual assistants:
• • • • • A Virtual Staff My Partner in Biz Pro Advantage Support Professional Support Services Executive Secretaries

Who hires virtual assistants?
While virtual assistants run their own businesses and are hired directly by clients, the demand has grown for on-staff virtual assistants. There are also a number of companies that specialize in locating and placing virtual assistants with the businesses that need them.

There are currently about 50 staffing services in the US that specialize in placing virtual assistants, however, many businesses are turning to traditional temp firms to outsource their VA tasks.

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Pick 5: The Virtual Teacher

So, what is a virtual teacher?
Virtual teachers are the newest phenomenon to hit the educational world. With online education quickly becoming a way of life for many students, educational institutions are scrambling to find qualified, certified instructors to teach through their online programs.

Ideal for retired teachers, or those that are limited by disability or care taking duties, the only mandates are that teachers have state certification Pay rates: $12,000 to $50,000 a year, – and many certifications are depending on part time or full time status, locality transferable from region to region and academic level with paperwork and a few proctored tests. Hiring status: Independent contractors and W-2 employees with full benefits A teacher in Illinois can teach kids in Montana, if they have the right equipment: a high-speed internet Institutions that hire connection, a land line, and sometimes a microphone or web cam virtual teachers: for face-to-face interaction. You should be available to your students • Texas Virtual School during normal office hours. • Internet Home School • Seven Star Academy (Christian) Who hires virtual teachers? • Cyber Academics • Davenport University Online Virtual schools on all academic levels. Many states have jumped on Over 50 K-12 schools across the US are the virtual school for children with completely virtual, with the number expected to behavior or health problems that grow as homeschooling parents turn to online force them from the traditional curriculum to satisfy their state’s requirements. classroom. Home schoolers also can opt to use virtual schools for their Hundreds of universities across the US offer curricula. online-only classes, however, not all of them offer online-only teaching positions. Universities also often have highly specialized curricula that benefits from out-of-state expertise.

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Pick 6: The Virtual Trainer

So, what is a virtual trainer?
Virtual trainers are typically the teachers of the business to consumer world. They teach technology skills, prep people for tests, and teach them about hobbies and interests that lie beyond the job-skills world. There are also some interesting twists in the training industry – many companies that cater to consumer skills training are now jumping into the mix. People with unique skills such as cooking or crafting often offer courses through online learning academies.

Pay rates: $15 to $50 an hour, or 50%-70% of tuition Hiring status: Independent contractors

Who hires virtual trainers? Companies that hire virtual trainers:
• • • • • e-Training for Dogs Bilingual America Gorilla Test Prep Course Bridge Limu (Create your own course.) Typically, virtual trainers are employed by continuing education schools and training companies. Others are hired directly by a company that wants to add education services to the public. Depending on the subject matter, virtual trainers should have experience training and a specialization within a given field or industry. Some trainers have also opted to start their own virtual classrooms through distance learning partners – enabling them to control the curriculum, environment, and cash flow for each class.

Over 100 companies across the US employ virtual trainers in some capacity. As the general public becomes more comfortable with online learning, and companies become aware of the cost benefits of telecommuting, virtual training will become a way of life for all learning levels.

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Pick 7: The Virtual Tutor

So, what is a virtual tutor?
Virtual tutoring services are exploding across the internet. While parents may not be quite comfortable with the technology, virtual tutors are able to cater to a variety of learning styles with the use of multimedia, chat rooms, and online presentations. Virtual tutors typically have at least a college degree and a familiarity with online teaching methods. However, some teaching subjects require you to qualify through an online test or personal experience.

Pay rates: $9 to $20 an hour Hiring status: Independent contractors or W-2 employees with full benefits

Who hires virtual tutors? Companies that hire virtual tutors:
• • • • • English Tutor Online Socratic Online Tutor and Mentor Maxis Education BrainFuse A lot of companies hire virtual tutors – from textbook publishers to private virtual tutoring firms. Many tutoring firms require a specialization in a specific subject matter, while others ask that you simply have a degree and experience helping others to learn. There are many tutoring companies that also specialize in teaching the English language to people in the US and overseas – and they train their tutors accordingly. These jobs give much flexibility to students as well as to the teachers – allowing them to study when, and how, they want.

With the explosion of YouTube and other interactive formats, kids are becoming more than comfortable with the internet – they’re at home with it. At the same time, parents are becoming more time-strapped with their to-do lists. There are currently over 50 online tutoring companies in the US, this number will probably continue to grow for many years.

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Pick 8: The Virtual Concierge

So, what is a virtual concierge?
A virtual concierge is the ultimate personal assistant – somebody that is paid to run errands, look up information, buy groceries, stand in line for concert tickets, and dozens of other tasks for busy people. Most virtual concierges are people who enjoy being on-the-go, are techsavvy, and able to coordinate various personal tasks. They often have experience in the hotels and hospitality industry.

Who hires virtual concierges?
There are several companies that hire remote concierges across the US – but concierges work for the clients of these firms. Clients are typically time-strapped companies such as hospitals, law firms, major corporations and other businesses that require long hours across their staff. They offer concierge services to their employees as a benefit and retention tool. Sometimes, a client will simply be a single busy executive who has no time for errand running. Many virtual concierges own their own businesses as well, creating a full-time living doing other people’s errand running.

Pay rates: $12 to $20 an hour, or $20,000 to 40,000 per year, depending on hours Hiring status: Independent contractors or W-2 employees with full benefits

Companies that hire virtual concierges:
• • • • • Office Details VIP Desk 2 Places at 1 Time Concierge at Large Room Service Anywhere

There are currently 650+ virtual concierge service companies worldwide, according to the International Concierge & Errand Association. The association has grown 45 percent in the past year alone.

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Pick 9: The Virtual Proofreader

So, what is a virtual proofreader?
A virtual proofreader is a freelance professional that works primarily online. They receive documents via email, proofread them, then send them back to their clients. Typically, they offer a 24-hour turnaround time. With the trend toward outsourcing and globalization, there’s a lot of proofreading errors in our communications nowadays. Administrative professionals with extra time on their hands are used to proofreading on-screen and can offer a quick turnaround for their clients. Clients with translated documents and a limited staff pool use these professionals to keep their documents polished and professional.

Pay rates: Usually $10-$26 an hour Hiring status: Independent contractors

Companies that hire virtual proofreaders:
• • • • • Langalo Free Spirit Publishing Overdrive The Seroka Group Quarasan

Who hires virtual proofreaders?
Online publishers, print publishers, marketing companies, big businesses, and translation companies that have a lot of virtual paperwork to go through. Outsourcing proofreading makes sense even if there is an editorial team in-house – proofreaders have a keen eye for errors when that’s what their focus is.

There are literally thousands of companies that hire freelance proofreaders on a regular basis – it’s best to do a web search to find them.

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Pick 10: The Virtual Translator

So, what is a virtual translator?
A virtual translator translates documents from and to their native language for clients across the globe. They typically work for a variety of clients on a freelance basis. It used to be difficult to launch a product globally – then came the internet, with unlimited globalization possibilities. Nowadays, there are hundreds of translation firms that need specialized staff on-call for a large range of languages.

Who hires virtual translators?
Pay rates: $10 to $20 an hour, and higher, depending on your specialization Hiring status: Independent contractors or W-2 employees with full benefits Localization firms, translation firms, and publishing companies, to name a few. Many of these companies will require you to take tests in both languages you seek to translate with. In addition, there are many companies that now offer remote interpreting alongside their translation services, giving you the option to provide real-time, telephone or VOIP-based translations via conference calls.

Companies that hire virtual translators:
• • • • • KJI International English Express Language Connections Applied Languages LionBridge

There are literally hundreds of companies that regularly look for freelance translators – especially with US businesses looking for new business overseas.

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About this Report: This report is a free gift to you from LittleWhiteEbook.com. It's our way of letting you know the virtual job opportunities that are out there – so you can make an informed decision during your virtual job hunt. LittleWhiteEbook.com publishes niche career guides for people seeking real workfrom-home employment. Our first eBook, The Little White eBook of Homeshoring Jobs, was released in late October, 2007. It profiles 180+ legitimate call center employers that regularly hire homebased workers. It's a work-in-progress, and will be updated monthly to include new employers and information. Keep an eye out for new releases and book reviews. We’ve gotten rave reviews from many of the actual employers listed in this book, and some have agreed to let us know when they are set for big hires. About Our Company: LittleWhiteEBook.com is a publishing project of Capital Creative Inc, a small virtual copywriting and marketing agency based in Washington DC. We've always loved eBooks - and we've produced quite a few of them for our ghostwriting clients. We've always been amazed at some of the sub-par products that have become best sellers on the web - especially in the 'work from home' genre. We knew we could do a better job - and help people who desperately want to work from home in the process. So, we did! LittleWhiteEbook.com was created to help move the "information" eBook industry to a new level. Want to give us feedback or suggest future titles? Do you have any questions? You can reach us at littlewhiteebook@gmail.com

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