Archive for February 7th, 2008

Dear Danielle: Where Can I Get a Job Doing This Work?

Dear Danielle:

Hello. I am looking to do virtual work. Can you please share with me on how to get started in finding virtual positions please? –MA


Sorry to be flip, but that’s the simple, undetailed answer to your simple, undetailed question.

Have you been paying attention at all? I’m not a staffing agent. What makes you think this site has anything to do with staffing agencies or finding people jobs?

You’re writing me so you surely you’ve read something here. I would expect you to at least know that this is not a job, it’s a business.

If you can’t be bothered to pay the slightest attention to an important detail like that, why would I or anyone else think you’ve got the competence to do this work for paying clients, much less run a business.

This is a profession and a business. It’s not a telecommuting position.

Many folks have been suckered into thinking they can “make millions from home working in your pajamas.”

Ain’t gonna happen. Especially not with as little critical thinking and effort as you’ve demonstrated in your question.

If you’re interested in starting an administrative support business, I recommend you do a bit more homework first and actually read and learn about what that is and what it isn’t, and then determine if you have a) the background and skills to offer those kind of professional services at a competent level, and b) the kind of ingenuity, determination, self-motivation and savvy to run your own business.

Look, I know it sounds like I’m being hard on you. And I am.

But trust me, this is the greatest kindness I can extend to you.

It’s one thing to reach out to others for help, but you need to be mindful of respecting peoples’ time and attention.

Part of being respectful of people’s time is doing at least some small bit of your own research to make sure your question is not misplaced, and to ask in a way that demonstrates you’ve done at least some homework, for gosh sakes.

If you aren’t inclined to exert more initiative in your thinking and research first, there aren’t going to be a whole lot of folks inclined to point you in the right direction.