I KNOW HEARING “WORK FROM HOME” AND “MONEY” IN THE SAME BLOG POST CAN MAKE YOU WONDER
if what you’re reading is too good to be true — especially when you look at the other options we just went through (not so great!) and hear all the big numbers being thrown around!
“Really, Susan? Are you actually bringing in $8,000 a month working from your laptop? That can’t be real!”
Well, I can’t vouch for Susan (though you should check out my client testimonials here). But I can tell you from personal experience that it’s absolutely possible to make that (and more) as a Virtual Assistant.
So let’s just get right to the nitty gritty and talk about why this is better than alone time at Target with a Starbucks latte and an unlimited gift card.
The thing that was most important to me when I was a new mom ready to leave corporate was to have flexibility with my work hours. Though my employer thought 9-5 was ideal…
My crying child didn’t agree.
That’s why being a Virtual Assistant was the best decision I made. Because I set my hours and I could work when I COULD work (you get me?).
- I didn’t have to be somewhere besides my own couch.
- I didn’t have to be on calls all day long.
- I didn’t have to work during “business hours”.
Here’s the thing… In this industry you can really make what you want to make.
- I have some clients who want an extra $5k a month coming in to their family and enjoy the rest of their time off.
- I have clients who are making $13k + and growing each month.
- Personally, I was able to make six figures in my first full year.
I can’t tell you how much it means to my family to know that if we need more money for something, I got it and can make that happen (more on how to get clients on repeat in part 5!). I never ONCE felt like that in my corporate job. I felt like we had to “make do” with what we had. Today? That is not our reality at all.
We went on 9 vacations last year and I had some serious fun at Lululemon. Why? Because I can, and because I control my income.
Maegan’s Bay - Saint Thomas
Kennedy Space Center - Cape Canaveral, Florida
On a trolly tour of Cadillac Mountain - Bar Harbor, Maine
OK, this one might be my fav.
I’m about to blow your mind.
There is NO online business with income as sustainable as being a VA.
- If you’re a coach? You have to find new clients each time one of your 3 month or 6 month packages end.
- If you have a group program? You gotta keep filling it.
- If you’re in an MLM? You gotta push your team to hit those numbers each month (and income can vary WILDLY).
- Same goes for an amazon seller. You have to keep selling more of your product to new people.
But as a VA?
If you’re giving your client excellent service you could be with them for YEARS.
Some of my clients have even been with their clients for 5 years. That not only means you have a TON of sustainability but you truly have security.
Knowing you’re working with the same clients month over month that you love (and knowing them and their businesses really well) gives you ALL the pros of a corporate job (like ease in your position, feeling like you’re part of a team, and knowing you have that money coming in) with NONE of the cons (like the shitty boss, shittier hours, and total lack of freedom and fulfillment).
(AND YOU GET TO REPLACE THEM REALLY SLOWLY!)
I think I already pointed out a couple of times that I REPLACED my corporate income in 6 weeks right?
Ok, cool. Just checking.
But seriously, there is NO other online business I know of where you can get clients that quickly. Most businesses require not only a LONG timeline to success but a HUGE investment to get there.
But in this industry?
The demand is just SO dang high and it costs you SO little to get started (especially compared to what you can make)
I have clients who book out their VA client load in 2 months time.
But the best part?
It’s like I said above, these clients STAY with you (if you’re awesome – which I know you are if you’ve gotten this far!). That means…
- no marketing around the clock
- no constantly wondering where next month’s cash is coming from
- and no replacing clients every 90 days
If it sounds like a dream, it’s ‘cause it is!
I could go on and on about this one and the TRAP I see so many considering working online fall into.
- they have to learn all of these new things
- invest THOUSANDS into new certifications or trainings
- that the skills they have can’t POSSIBLY be good enough
I’m here to tell you the exact opposite.
The best thing about being a VA is that YOUR skills are all you need. Skills like communication, organization, and basic admin tasks you likely can already do.
On top of that, you can even specialize as a certain type of Virtual Assistant, showcasing your own unique talents and using them to get more clients.
And because I’m awesome I’m going to give you my super secret bonus tip here:
GOOGLE IS YOUR BESTIE.
Client wants you to do something you’re not quite sure how to do? Google ALWAYS has your answer. I’ve trained myself on everything from Mailchimp to WordPress using nothing more than Google and free training videos.
It is SO possible and SO much more simple than you think (and free!).
Here’s some little known magic about being an amazing VA.
EVERYONE is going to refer business to you.
And because we know you’re going to KEEP your clients you’re going to be wondering what the heck to do with all the new business banging down your door.
The answer to that is to SCALE.
You can easily add team members to your business that you train to do what you’re doing so not only can you serve MORE clients and make MORE money, but you can actually step BACK from your business even more too.
At the height of my VA business I had 8 amazing women on my team. That meant more time off for me, fulfillment knowing I was supporting 8 other amazing women to live THEIR best life, and so many opportunities and clients.
It was truly life-changing.
Don’t want to scale your team? You can scale your skills instead.
I’m talking about teaching all you’ve learned and what you’re best at (trust me, you’ll find it working with clients) to others and getting paid for your knowledge and expertise (it’s a pretty sweet deal)! So don’t think when you get “full” with clients you’re capped.
The possibilities in this industry are endless, and so is your income.
As if this one wasn’t already obvious, right? But trust me, I’ve saved the best for last.
While the freedom, income, and the ability to make money quickly and sustainably are all REALLY amazing reasons to be a VA… being your own boss is the BEST one. There’s nothing I love more than knowing that I don’t have anyone else I’m answering to.
If my son needs me? I’m there.
If I want a raise? I can give it to myself.
If I need time off? I can take it.
If I don’t like a certain client? I can move on.
If a specific task isn’t my favorite? I can outsource it.
If I want to make my website pink?
Done and done.
The list goes on, but what I want you to know is that being in charge of your own time, income, and day to day life is the most empowering thing I’ve ever experienced. I know it has been for every single one of my clients, and it can be the same for you too.
It’s not REALLY about the pink website (though I REALLY love me some pink). It’s about being at choice and being in charge of my own life and happiness. For me, that’s the ultimate marker of success.
I’m assuming by this point you’re like: “Ok woman. I get it. You sold me, but how the actual heck do I make this VA business happen?”
To which I’d reply:
Thanks so much, you’ve made my dad the happiest man on the planet knowing his daughter is good at sales (I legit spent childhood weekends making paperclip banners in a dealership while my dad sold cars) 😉
But seriously, this is the easiest thing in the world to sell because I believe in it with all my heart. I’ve lived it, I’ve gained SO many benefits from it, and I’ve walked so many other women through doing the same.