Offering virtual assistant services is always one of the most inquired about home business options. Almost every business and blogger could use a virtual assistant. Therefore, the tasks are varied and far-reaching. This gives you the opportunity to focus on offering those services you love and can deliver the best results to your clients.
Today we are sitting down with Gina Horkey. Gina has visited with us before about becoming a full-time freelance writer in just six months. This time, she is sharing her experience in the virtual assistant industry and offering up a few tips for those just getting started.
Please tell us a little about yourself. What was your motivation to start working from home?
I’d love to! I’m Gina, a married millennial mama to two precocious toddlers living in the Midwest (Minnesota to be exact).
It’s been almost a full year since I left work behind and started freelancing full-time. I was a financial advisor for almost a decade and after owning up to the fact that it wasn’t what I wanted to be doing for the next 30 years, I gave myself permission to look at career alternatives.
I happened across non-fiction freelance writing for the web, built up a business on the side of my full-time job and starting working with clients as a virtual assistant as well. After having some success and stability in my freelance earnings, I put in my notice and sold my practice to build my own internet-based career!
You’ve had such great success with 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success. Can you share a few successes that have been shared with you by those students?
Absolutely. Here are a few of my favorites:
What made you decide to venture into the Virtual Assistant industry?
Honestly, it happened by accident. I had been corresponding with a prominent webpreneur after taking his course, noticed that he was having trouble keeping up with his email and asked him to hire me. He said yes and we’ve been working together ever since!
I had looked into VA work a bit before that, but never pitched myself for hire until then. It was one of those, “perfect time, perfect opportunity” moments. The stability of income and earning while learning have been two of my favorite parts of being a VA.
What can the VA course attendees expect to learn with the program?
Like 30DOL to freelance writing success, the course is delivered via email and self-paced. Meaning you can take it in a few days or stretch it out over several months if you want – it’s up to you.
The course is perfect for people that want to get into VA work, but aren’t sure how to go about looking for and pitching clients or if they’re qualified. It also covers setting rates, getting paid, tips to an effective working relationship and tools you should get started learning how to use.
If you could share one quick word of advice with those considering becoming a Virtual Assistant, what would it be?
Find clients that are the right fit. Make sure it’ll be a mutually beneficial relationship, that the fee you agree to will keep you both happy for awhile and start with a trial period to make sure the work is worth the rate and you like working together.
Okay, that’s more than one tip, but all of those things are important!
Every freelancer has a few tools they can’t live without. What are your favorites?
Hands down Trello! It’s great for keeping a to do list, collaborating with others and more. I use it every day to keep organized and plan for the future.
Also, Google’s free line up of tools rocks the house. I use everything from Gmail to the calendar, Google voice, hangouts and more. And they give so much away at no cost – I’m a huge fan!
Visit Gina’s site for a free Kickstart Your Virtual Assistant Biz course.