Another exciting interview for all of you today.
Lately, I have been seeing the rising trend of Virtual Assistants. This is quickly becoming a very in-demand work-at-home job.
One thing I see in many Facebook groups and other discussion forums is that many aspiring VA’s are confused about how to price their services, do they charge per hour or per project, etc. And their biggest question is which is the best resource to start their VA career.
To answer all these questions and more, I have the EXPERT Gina Horkey of Horkey Handbook. She is the creator of the 30 days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success. Her course is so popular that till now around 300 students have successfully started their VA careers.
Over to Gina now for all the details about this rising WAH job.
Can you please tell us what does a Virtual Assistant do?
Let’s take a step back and define “virtual assistant,” shall we? To me, a VA (virtual assistant) is just someone that performs tasks from afar (aka virtually) that support a business owner in order to help them maintain or grow their business.
Based on that definition, it can range quite a bit! It could be admin type tasks, customer service, writing-related, marketing, technology, etc. Most people inherently have the skills to offer VA services already… we’ve actually put together a list of 125 services a VA can offer and get paid for. And even that’s not an all-inclusive list!
Can you tell us how you became a Virtual Assistant?
Basically, I was on the lookout for an opportunity, one presented itself and I jumped on it.
What happened in a little more detail was that I was taking an online course, conversing back and forth with the creator and noticed that while he seemed to really want to get back to me in a timely manner, he was having trouble doing so. I brought the “problem” to his attention, proposed myself as the solution and asked him to hire me.
And he said yes!
How long did it take for you to make money from Virtual Assisting? When can a newbie expect to make money after starting as a VA?
So I knew that I wanted to add VA services to my freelance business pretty much from the get-go, I just didn’t really know how to go about it. I started looking into freelance writing first, on April 15, 2014. I landed my first paying writing client in May or June of the same year and my first VA client in September of that year. But I hadn’t really been pursuing finding a VA client… I just saw an opportunity and pounced on it by asking the person to hire me. And he said yes!
If it’s your main focus, you can find a client within days or weeks. Most people are able to land their first client within 90 days I’d guess. It does take putting yourself out there though and consistently pitching for work!
Can anybody do this? Do you need to have any expertise for this role?
Can anybody do anything? 😉
Although I don’t think anyone can, I do think more people can than think they can. As I mentioned above, it’s many times a matter of repurposing skills one already has.
The six traits I’ve identified that make for a good virtual assistant are:
- Type A
- Open to Learning
- Naturally Curious
- Not Afraid to Take Charge
- Has a Positive Attitude
You’ll need a decent computer and internet connection. But beyond that, every client uses different online tools and programs, so there’s not anything else you really “need.”
What are the potential earnings for a newbie in this role?
Research shows that this is a growing field and that the average North American VA commands anywhere from $35-50 per hour. It’s not necessarily specific to where the VA is in their career though.
I started at $34 per hour and now make 5x that (although I don’t charge hourly).
Can you please tell us about the course?
Of course – I’d love to!
30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success is a step-by-step guide for aspiring VAs. There are no pre-reqs (beyond that whole internet/computer access thing) and the course is self-paced, so you can work through the material as quickly (or slowly) as you’d like.
12 modules contain everything you need to know to get your new business off the ground, deep dives into email, social media and blog management, numerous lessons on where to look for clients, how to pitch them and how to build effective relationships over time.
We would love to hear from your students
I thank Gina for this much-awaited interview that many of my readers would love to dig in.
This is a comprehensive course which can help you start your Virtual Assistant career with expert guidance. If you are confused about the services you can offer as a VA, check out this FREE massive list of 150 VA services. Start your VA work-at-home career today.
Bio: Gina Horkey is a married, millennial mama to two precocious toddlers from Minnesota. She also happens to know almost everything there is to know about the world of virtual assistant work. She started as one herself (and still is one), created a course to help others break into VA work called, 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success and also has a VA of her own! Due to her unique position of training up excellent North American VAs and running in circles with successful entrepreneurs, she also created a VA MatchMaking Service to introduce the two to one another.