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Virtual assistant
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Virtual assistant

Average wage: Varies

Organized, detail-oriented people with strong computer and communication skills are often great candidates for virtual assistant positions. Over the course of this work, you may be called upon to make hotel reservations, set up appointments and meetings, type letters and buy supplies.

While a typical administrative assistant may perform these same tasks from an office setting, a virtual assistant can work on projects from home. Outside of normal business hours, virtual assistants can do work that isn't time-sensitive, including internet research, data entry, accounting and invoicing.

Many employers don't require any special training beyond a high school diploma, but if you're working virtually, you'll have to be proficient with a computer.

Indeed, the best opportunities will be for those who are especially tech-savvy. You can set your own hours and rates and start stashing away the savings.

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