The Internet has given rise to dozens of professions that rely on the web as their sole source of income. Online research assistants, or virtual assistants, are among these. These individuals conduct research tasks and other assignments from a remote location and put together reports, articles and similar projects for their employer. The work is shared via email or online file-sharing solution and the assistant is paid on a per-job or salary basis. The most reliable way to get paid to be an online research assistant is to join a website that connects virtual assistants with employers.
Visit reputable websites that specialize in connecting online research assistants with potential employers (see Resources). Click on the link to sign-up for an account.
Fill out your profile as completely as possible. Include all of the information that you would include on a regular job application such as your name, education and work experience. Fill out every form field that is applicable to your job skills and desired position as a research assistant.
Use the additional tools to include a short video presentation of yourself and links to any websites or other online resources that showcase your previous work experience. Not all platforms support video, but most allow you to include links to other websites. Click on the button to save your profile.
Browse the job offerings section of the website for current research-assistant-related jobs. Most platforms include a search tool or category filters. Use more common search terms like "data assistant" and "virtual assistant" to broaden the search. The list of available jobs changes constantly so conduct a daily search.
Click on the link of any job titles that appeal to you. This displays the full job description, payment plan and any special requirements the potential employer may have for the candidates. Click on the button to apply for the job or jobs you wish to be considered for. The company is notified of your application and will contact you if your profile interests them. Once they accept you for the job, they'll forward the specific instructions and you must log your hours and project deliveries through the system to get paid.