How to Become a Virtual Assistant and Make a Full-Time Income Doing It! – How one woman took her side hustle and turned it into a full-time income while she works from home!
Raise your hand if working from home sounds like the dreamiest dream job ever! Everyone wants that life! You know by now that I’m a big fan of side hustles and finding ways to earn from home (not talking about MLMs or things like that).
Which is why I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend Gina. Gina has a story that I’m sure sounds just like yours: she was a working mom of two little ones who wanted to have more control over her income. And she found a great way to make it work, and now she’s sharing it with you!
If you’ve ever felt like you wanted to work from home but just didn’t know what you wanted to do, you need to check out what Gina has to say. Because you too might become a virtual assistant and make a full-time income doing it!
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Tell me a little bit about you and how you became a virtual assistant and a freelancer.
Hi, I’m Gina [waving]. I started a freelance writing business on the side of my full-time job in personal finance, in the spring of 2014 to “test the waters” for a potential career change.
At the time, I was (and still am) the sole breadwinner of our little family of four and my husband was (and still is) a SAHD to our two kiddos. Our youngest was less than a year old at the time!
That fall I added in virtual assistant (or VA as we call them) services as a way to stabilize my income, make it more predictable and use some of my other skills to help small business owners. Landing my first VA client is what gave me the confidence to put in my notice and quit my day job.
And I haven’t looked back since!
What does a VA do?
A virtual assistant is really just anyone that trades task for pay from afar. Or in other words, an individual that offers services virtually as a contractor or self-employed individual to clients.
Services offered can include everything from email management, content creation, bookkeeping, graphic design, social media and more! There are tons of services you can offer as a VA – check out this list of over 150 to learn more!
Do people really need VAs? Is there a demand for them?
Sure! In my opinion, contracting and working virtually is the way of the future.
People (clients and virtual assistants alike) crave increased flexibility. And what better way to obtain it than to build a business and/or team virtually?
Clients (typically small business owners, entrepreneurs, etc.) aren’t always looking to manage people or take on full-time help. Instead, they’d like to contract out for specific services they need help with. It makes it a win/win for both parties. 🙂
What does a typical VA make? How long does it take to start to earn?
From the little research that exists, the average North American virtual assistant earns between $25-40 per hour.
This is going to depend on your experience, skill-set, and areas of expertise. I.e. The more specialized your services and the more experience you have, the more you can charge.
How quickly you start earning honestly depends on how quickly (and frequently) you start putting yourself out there for hire. Click here for some real live examples of VAs in our community that have built successful businesses.
What makes a person a great VA? What kinds of skills would a person need?
The thing I hear from clients over and over is that they’re looking for someone that’s:
- A self-starter
- And reliable
So while they’re looking for people that can provide select services, they’re mainly looking for the above. As long as you’re trainable, you’ve got a shot!
How much does it cost to start?
Nothing if you know what services you offer, who to offer them to and where to find clients.
Most people will want to have a website, so there’s the cost of that. And many will also decide to take an online course on the topic, like 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success, so they can learn how to start their own successful VA biz from scratch.
You also need to have a computer (desktop or laptop, doesn’t matter) and reliable internet. Don’t worry about having any fancy programs or applications – most clients will give you access to their cloud-based tools and software programs that you need to complete your work for them.
What is the best thing about being a VA and a freelancer?
The list is long! 😉
What ranks at the top of mine is probably:
- Flexibility to work from anywhere on my schedule (you don’t have to keep regular hours in most cases when working with clients)
- Freedom (that comes with the whole flexibility thing I guess!)
- Unlimited income potential (you choose how much to charge and can raise your rates as you gain more experience, you can look into other ways to make money online, etc.)
How can I start? What kind of training do I need?
We’d be honored if you’d consider enrolling in 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success.
This 13 module course will literally walk you through starting your new business – it’s perfect for newbies, but existing VAs have taken it and moved their business to the next level as a result too.
We cover everything from:
- What services to offer
- Who to offer them to
- How much to charge
- Where to find clients
- How to set up your website (including what should be on it!)
- How to effectively pitch clients
- Working with clients
- And dive deep into about a dozen services you can offer
Plus, much, much more!
What are some tips that you’d give to someone who is on the fence?
We offer a very generous 7-day money-back guarantee. Meaning if you find out right away that the course isn’t the right fit for you, just send us an email and we’ll refund your purchase in full.
Besides that, you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you never try. Don’t think about what the worst case scenario could be – instead think about what’s the BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME that can come from trying something new?
Why not YOU, why not NOW?
Want to hear what people actually say about 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success?
Do you think that being a virtual assistant is right for you? Go grab Gina’s 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success and start your own business from home today!
Gina Horkey is a married, millennial mama to two precocious kiddos from Minnesota. Additionally, she’s the founder of Horkey HandBook, a website geared towards helping others find or become a kickass virtual assistant. Gina’s background includes making a living as a professional writer, an online business marketing consultant and a decade of experience in the financial services industry.
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