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April Dowling

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Member since 3 / 2011

How I Earn Over $3,000 Monthly Working From Home As A Virtual Assistant

I know there are a lot of people struggling out there to make ends meet and just pay for their basic necessities. Businesses are down-sizing and laying off people who’ve worked at companies for decades. The job market is highly competitive, and there won’t be enough jobs for all the new college graduates throughout the coming years.

I believe in taking control of your financial future, and I’ve been able to do this through becoming a self-employed virtual assistant.

I want to share with you how you can transition out of your daily grind job and work from home. This isn’t going to provide you with residual income, but it’s a way to start working from home and living more freely.

I’ve been a work-from-home virtual assistant for over 2 years. I left my call center job in January of 2016.

Becoming a parent changed everything for me. I was sick and tired of the hour (each way) commute to work daily just to earn a measly $12 per hour.  I decided to transition to working from home and spend more time with my newborn. At the time, she was in daycare for 10 hours per day! I felt so guilty and wanted to spend more time with her.

Guys and gals, the fastest way to transition out of your sucky job is to become a virtual assistant (in my opinion). Most people have no clue what a virtual assistant is or does, so I’m going to break it down to you now…

A virtual assistant is someone who works directly for professionals virtually and handles the tasks business owners and execs don’t want to handle or have time to deal with. These include…

  • Web content
  • Appointment setting/lead generation
  • Web design/development
  • Bookkeeping
  • Branding
  • Social Media (BIG ONE)
  • Internet marketing
  • SEO
  • Outreach
  • the list goes on and on…

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If you have any skills you are currently using at your day job, you can most likely use those skills to become a virtual assistant. And if you don’t have skills, fear not, you can easily learn them online for free or cheap on Youtube or Udemy.com.

Earning Potential

Of course you want to know how much you can earn! It depends on your skills and experience. The going rate for virtual assistants in the United States in between $20 and $50 per hour. The reason clients are willing to shell out those fees is because you are saving them A LOT of expenses. They don’t have to pay for office space, your health insurance, work supplies, technology, etc.

Since you are an independent contractor, you have to account for your own expenses and taxes. This is why clients are willing to pay virtual assistants between $20 and $50 per hour.

When I first started out as a virtual assistant, I earned $10 per hour plus $10 per appointment kept. I was an appointment setter for a marketing company. It wasn’t much, but I gained valuable phone and marketing skills. I only worked 4 hours per day, 5 days per week and earned between $800 and $1,000 per month depending on how many appointments I set that were kept.

When I decided to fully transition to working from home, I was desperate to find another client to supplement my appointment setter position.

I went back on Craigslist (which I do not recommend using to finding clients.. I was very lucky). After interviewing with a few companies who were hiring telecommute positions in appointment setting, I was so fortunate to find a self-employment business coach who was looking for an appointment setter to call his leads and help bring him new clients. He hired me on a test run and, because I had experience with appointment setting, he was impressed with my work and increased my pay to $20 per hour. I would also earn monthly performance bonuses. I was so excited.. I felt I was finally earning real money online.

So, I was working 8 hours per day total as a virtual assistant (lead generation was my specialty) and earning around $400 – $500 per week from home.

Long story short, that self-employment business ownership coach referred me to other coaches in his industry and my income increased further!

Anyone can become a virtual assistant – just find a service to offer and get paid for it! You don’t have to have a college degree (I’m a drop-out) or a lot of experience. The internet has a world of information right at your fingertips – use it and get paid! Clients don’t care about your education, age, race, or gender – all they care about is getting results in their business. If you prove you can help them solve their problems, they will pay you good money.

I was able to generate around $30K working from home as a virtual assistant in 2017. This really isn’t much at all, some virtual assistants are earning much, much more. When working from home, you can write off your expenses on your taxes. I was able to write off my home office, phone, internet, and utilities!

Finding Clients

The biggest issues virtual assistants have is finding clients to pay them for their services. This is very easy if you understand how to do this. Thousands of business owners are on social media searching for solutions to their problems. If you present your services to them correctly, they will hire you on the spot! I was fortunate to find my clients through Craigslist and word-of-mouth referrals, but this isn’t always possible for newbies.

Is Becoming A Virtual Assistant Right For You?

Here are some indications you will make a great virtual assistant:

  • You’re sick of office politics, commute, capped earnings, and spending hours in a cubicle.
  • You desire more freedom in your life
  • You’re bored with your work, want to learn new skills, and are not receiving the opportunities you hoped for in your workplace
  • You’re motivated and able to work without supervision (MUST)
  • You’re organized or want to be
  • You enjoy helping others (MUST)
  • You’re a good communicator (MUST)
  • You’re worried about your job security and want to create your own economy!

Getting Started As A Virtual Assistant

Making the decision to become a virtual assistant was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I can work from home or anywhere I want, choose my hours, and spend time with my family. Anyone can do this with the right training. I was just an average student and college drop-out with no real career direction. I did know I wanted to work online and become financially free.

There are several aspects to becoming a virtual assistant including:

  • Learning new in-demand skills that clients actually need help with and are will to pay for.
  • Pricing your services and packaging them, retainer fees, etc.
  • Becoming self-employed (setting up your entity, handling quarterly taxes, etc)
  • Creating a website to promote your services
  • Branding yourself
  • Finding clients
  • Pitching clients
  • Client intake forms, agreements, and other business documents (to cover your butt legally)
  • & more

You can learn all these by doing research online, but you’re likely to find a conflicting info (which is confusing and frustrating) and it may take you weeks or months to actually start your virtual assistant business. If you’re flat out broke, you can just Google all the aspects of becoming a virtual assistant (see above).

The easiest way to get started is by taking my friend Gina Horkey’s all-inclusive course 30 Days Or Less To Virtual Assistant Success.  For just a one-time fee of $247, you will get all the training you need to become a successful virtual assistant like Gina and myself. That includes skills training, pricing guides, client pitching, legal forms, and much more. You can also get access to Gina’s VA Lead Community ($38 per month) to start getting new clients fast.


Affiliate Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Gina Horkey’s VA course and therefore I will be compensated if you decide to purchase it. 

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