A few days ago I wrote a post linking to several different virtual assistant jobs to consider. One of the companies on the list that interests me the most is LifeBushido, mainly because I've heard a lot about them over the past few years and in spite of their rather strange hiring process, their workers seem to absolutely love the job.
When I read about them on various work at home forums, I find a lot of comments from people who are unsure about the company because of the application process, which I'll get into in a minute. But then I find a lot of positive comments from people who are or who have worked for them and find it very rewarding and fun.
How much does LifeBushido pay?
LifeBushido does not list their hourly rate on their website, but from what I've seen posted on other websites it's somewhere around $10 an hour. You are hired as an employee.
As you may or may not know, starting up your own virtual assistant business is almost always more lucrative in the long run. However, working for a company that hires several VA's may help you make ends meet while also allowing you to learn valuable skills.
What sort of work do you do for LifeBushido?
Since this is a virtual assisting position, there are a ton of things you might be doing. Just a few include website design, research, making calls, and appointment setting.
As you work for LifeBushido, they try to determine what your individual talents are and make sure the sort of work you are doing for them matches what you're good at. They believe this results in better productivity and happier employees, and I can see how that would be true.
How does scheduling work?
When you begin work, you must be able to do a minimum of five hours per week. The company allows up to 25 hours per week. LifeBushido hires people for part-time positions only, so it is not possible to get more hours in than that.
How does the application process work?
Initially, you send LifeBushido an email expressing your interest in the position. If they're interested in you, you'll start getting several emails over the course of many days that you must read and understand. People find this aggravating, but the point is to understand their unique process so you go into the job with right mindset.
The hiring process takes 30 days to complete. I know this seems like a long time. This quote was posted on Facebook regarding the application process:
You and three to five others have the opportunity to get to know each other and work on a creative project together. Ideally, this project takes up to ten hours total. Five of these ten hours are billable if hired.
So they group you with a few others during the application process, working on a project as a team. The downside is that you'ew only paid for your time invested in training if hired. If not hired, no pay.
Many people are just not sure about this, and the company claims to understand and explains their opportunity isn't right for everyone. So it's up to you to decide if taking this chance is worthwhile.
Can people outside the US work for LifeBushido?
Yes. LifeBushido hires part-time workers worldwide.
What do people say about LifeBushido?
As I said above, their workers seem to really enjoy the job. I can't find many complaints online from people who work for them. This is why I decided to review them here, despite the abnormal hiring process.
I did read a few comments from people saying the work is not always consistent. This brings me back to what I preach all the time. You cannot depend on just one work at home job, especially as an independent contractor. You need things on the backburner. If one thing you're doing to earn money goes kaput or the work dries up, you've got to have something else to turn to that's freelance writing, phone work, transcription, or whatever.
How do you apply?
To apply, send LifeBushido an email expressing your interest in the job here: email@example.com. I would also suggest visiting their website.
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