Last week we looked at freelancing: this week we’re focusing on a popular area for freelancers, administration. This is a freelance service which merits its own section, because it is one area where anyone with a computer and reasonable language and IT skills can start a business. Play to your strengths. If you are good on the phone, some businesses may need people to make sales calls for them. Others may want a ‘virtual receptionist’ to answer the phones. This is not ideal if you have noisy children at home, but may work well if your children are at school. Lots of companies outsource data entry. You could contact local firms or advertise at colleges to see if anyone needs typing or transcription. This sort of work could be fitted in during the evenings and nap times.
Other services you could offer include all sorts of admin tasks, writing letters, creating databases and spreadsheets or doing PowerPoint presentations. Companies such as local estate agents may need help with mailshots. If you were already a secretary in your previous career you have an advantage, of course, and legal or medical secretaries can find specialist work.
Think about the other skills you could combine with virtual admin support. If you have experience of writing, could you offer editing and writing services. If you have a talent for computer graphics, how about specialising in desktop publishing? Or if you have a good head for figures, why not focus on book-keeping? A short evening course can help you get your specialist skills up to scratch, and gives your admin business a unique angle to hook customers and keep them coming back to you.