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Virtual Assistant

Are you craving some variety in your workday? Consider a career as a telecommuting virtual assistant. These professionals provide administrative services to businesses, but should also be willing and able to step in when other tasks are requested. According to the International Virtual Assistants Association, this home-based job can include everything from light bookkeeping and data processing to Internet marketing and event planning [source: International Virtual Assistants Association].

You'll either need to have some previous administrative experience or specialized training from organizations like VAClassroom to launch your virtual assistant business. Of course, it also helps if you're a tech-savvy person with stellar organizational and communication skills. Although the starting wages for virtual assistants are about $25 an hour, those at the top of their field can charge about $100 an hour [source: Peterson].

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