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➥ What is Fancy Hands?
Fancy Hands was launched in 2010 and they provide a platform for remote Virtual Assistants. The “work” available is like a virtual “To-Do” list and you get paid to complete these tasks once approved by the client.
If you have considered becoming a virtual assistant (VA) and want to test the waters. I would highly suggest applying with Fancy Hands for their Assistant Position if you’re looking for an online job from home that’s flexible.
➥ Is Fancy Hands a scam or a legit opportunity?
Since I have personally worked for Fancy Hands and have been paid with no issues. I can verify that they are indeed a legit company. I spoke about my first few remote jobs from home on my About Page and Fancy Hands was one of those job opportunities.
➥ Does Fancy Hands allow non-US residents to work on their platform?
Unfortunately, No. You must be a resident of the United States to work on their platform. 100% of their workers are US-based and self-employed. Their motto is “Created & Staffed in the USA”.
➥ Do you have to pay any fees to work on the Fancy Hands platform?
Online jobs from home are starting to charge a certification and/or background fee. So don’t be alarmed because we are beginning to see this more often in 2019. A lot of jobs require you to look up personal accounts and sensitive information. However, at this time there is no background check and no additional fees during or after being approved by the Fancy Hands platform.
➥ Are you an Independent Contractor (IC) or Employee of Fancy Hands?
You are an independent contractor and responsible for paying your own payroll taxes and submitting them to the government on a quarterly basis.
➥ When and How Does Fancy Hands pay?
Virtual Assistants use to be paid via Paypal. However, this has changed and payment is now made via Dwolla, an online e-commerce company that provides an online payment system. The way it works is Dwolla is connected directly to your bank account and when you receive money it is directly sent to your account.
You will be paid every other week (on Tuesday) and you can set up a bank transfer for direct deposit using Dwolla.
➥ Does Fancy Hands provide equipment?
There is no equipment provided by Fancy Hands. You must provide your own.
➥ Is a landline required?
You’re in luck because Fancy Hands does NOT require you to have a landline. You can make calls through their computer system using a USB headset with a microphone. However, not all “tasks” will require you to even have to make any calls. (Read more below)
➥ What type of tasks will I be doing?
As a Virtual Assistant, you will be providing a service to handle tasks from basic errands to quick secretarial tasks. All tasks can be completed by phone or research using the internet. The other great thing is you get to pick from the dashboard what tasks you want to complete (see below). The system is set up on a first come, first serve basis. Log in anytime and claim a task if you need extra money or make it into a part-time job.
If you don’t want to make calls. You can look for tasks like; data entry, shopping online, find deals or update a business calendar for a client. These are just a few samples of non-phone tasks you could complete and get paid from the comfort of your home.
If you’re an entry-level virtual assistant the Fancy Hands platform gives you a chance. A chance to gain experience and the confidence you need to discover your strong skills and learn new ones too.
Here’s a list of more tasks you could be paid to do:
(These are actual tasks that I personally did myself when I worked on the Fancy Hands platform)
- Cancel cable service
- Scheduling appointments
- Proofreading or Writing a Blog post
- Research Tax Assessment Property Value
- Find quotes for box truck rentals near (city)
- Add URL’s, Profile links and Images for contacts on a spreadsheet
- Research any special events happening in DC this weekend
- Please check in on the status of my most recent diapers .com order
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➥ What are the requirements and equipment needed to work for Fancy Hands?
The requirements may vary for each task that you accept. I suggest checking before claiming one. I did compile a generalized list:
- Dwolla Account (to get paid)
- The ability to use common websites and software (you can learn as you go)
- USB Noise-cancelling Headset with Microphone or iPhone headphones are now accepted
Technical Requirements needed:
- Google Chrome browser
- A computer and reliable internet
- Gmail email account (only used to sync your account)
➥ How do I apply with Fancy Hands?
You can apply at FancyHands.com on their jobs section page. If you see a message that says “Check Back Soon”, do not get discouraged. When they have enough workers to cover current job assignments you might see that message. Don’t worry it’s not long before they are hiring again and looking for more Assistants.