Update 7/17/19 – This company no longer appears to be in business.
Clara Labs is a newish company that hires remote assistants/schedulers to work at home as “schedulers” for their busy clients. While this position is not always open, they appear to be hiring as of the date of this blog post. It's an independent contractor position. Also, this position is open worldwide.
What Do Clara Remote Assistants Do? As a Clara Remote Assistant, you will be (as already mentioned) scheduling for their clients. This will be done primarily using Gmail and Google Calendar, so familiarity with those is a must. In addition to scheduling, you will also be training Clara's artificial intelligence. I didn't totally understand what that meant, but fortunately, this article cleared it up a bit. Clara is more like a robot assistant rather than a human assistant, at least as far as clients are concerned. All the client knows is that “Clara” is handling things for them. However, humans (you if you're hired) help to power Clara and manage all the behind-the-scenes stuff. So Clara isn't actually a robot, because humans tell her what to do. And the more you use Clara, you're actually “training” her to be smarter and smarter and more efficient for clients.
How Much Does Clara Pay? I dug through some Facebook groups and forums online and found out that it pays by the job, so it's task-based work. The company claims that some assistants are able to earn around $15 an hour once they get used to the work. I'm not certain if this is still the case, but in the past they were going through Upwork for their hiring and pay. However, that link on Upwork is now closed, so it's possible that they aren't going through Upwork anymore.
Who Is Qualified to Work As a Clara Assistant? According to the job description, you must have: Professional scheduling experience Experience using Gmail and Google Calendar English fluency, superb grammar and spelling Incredible attention to detail and total perfectionism Customer service orientation and empathy
What Is the Schedule Like? Another awesome non-phone work whenever you want job! There are no scheduling requirements. The only thing they ask is that you process all emails during US Pacific time. I did find a job posting that states, “Contractors with high accuracy and reliability will get up to 40 hours/week confirmed”. I am getting the vibe that this may be kind of similar to Fancy Hands, another task-based platform for work at home virtual assistants.
What Do Other People Say About Working For Clara Labs As a Remote Assistant? There is a very long, 15-page thread on BabyCenter about the job here (from earlier this year). I also found a post about them in the Work Place Like Home Facebook group. From what I gather, this is a good side-gig if you can get it, but maybe not something to depend on full-time to pay your bills. And you know, that tends to be the case with most task-based work at home. It's great “filler” work for supplemental income, but it's scary to rely on it for more than that.
How Can You Apply at Clara Labs? You can go here to get your application in. I'm sure they're not hiring at all times, so check back later if the job appears to be closed. Good luck!
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