Being able to work from home is the best thing since sliced bread. I kid you not if I had known it was possible to make a career online as a child, I would have said it was my dream job!
Alas, I’m here now and loving just about every second of working online. You can complete daily tasks in your jammies and watch your business grow relative to the hours you put in.
That said, today I’m going to be sharing my take on Gina Horkey’s course: 30 Days Or Less To Virtual Assistant Success.
Back in April of last year I officially enrolled in the course so it’s content has been updated since I last took it. Regardless, it’s helped me start my first freelance business and realize that it was actually possible to make a living online.
Ok, ready to roll? Let’s jump into the review! 🙂
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When I first took the course, there were 30 lessons that covered case studies, VA tool tutorials, choosing your services, creating a portfolio, and different methods of promotion.
Now, there are 12 main modules that include between 3-7 lessons detailing each individual topic! The topics range from preparing for interviews, skill deep dives, sourcing clients, creating an EIN and business checking account, and more.
In short, this course covers a TON of information, but not so much that you’ll experience information overload.
In each lesson, you’re given a breakdown of the topic and an action step you can complete after digesting the information.
It’s also extremely helpful that the course material is organized in case you need to refer back to certain sections – I did this ALL the time!
Another thing to keep in mind is that this course is constantly evolving with new information to maintain it and in my opinion is one of the best courses a new freelancer or VA could take.
PERKS OF BECOMING A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
There are so many benefits to becoming a VA – here are just a few of my favorites:
- North American VA’s average between $25-$50 per hour
- VA’s are in demand with the rise of freelancers and online business owners
- You’re constantly learning and building your knowledge base
- You’re able to work from the comfort of your own home
- You get to help online entrepreneurs take their business to the next level
- You can offer a variety of services and work with business owners from many different niches
I could go on, but just know there are a lot of great perks that come along with becoming a freelancer. And while it may not always be sunshine and rainbows, in my opinion, the good really does outweigh the bad. Especially when you find and work with clients who values you and your time. 🙂
MY FIRST MONTH
I’m going to go over the things I did when I was starting out and hopefully it will give you an idea of what you could be doing as a new freelancer.
Here’s a breakdown of what my first month looked like:
- Read 3 lessons per day and completed action steps
- Joined 30DVOL Facebook community and interacted with other members
- Created a website with an about me, contact, and hire me page
- Created a Twitter account & joined 5 Facebook groups
- Sent out first five cold pitches
- Networked with other freelancers on Twitter
- My first client call!! Also, got an email from another client for design services
- Worked on design project for new client
- Posted an introduction in each FB group and made sure to be present and answer questions whenever I could
- Continued sending 1 cold pitch per day
- Worked on email management for new client
- Had another client call!
- Continued sending out 1 cold pitch per day
It was awhile ago, but these were some of the main steps I remember taking.
It was so exciting to meet so many people that were doing amazing things in their businesses.
At the same time, it was a blast posting updates in the 30 Days Or Less To Virtual Assistant Success FB group too. Some of the other members would post updates as well, which was a huge motivation to keep giving it everything we had!
HOW MUCH DID I MAKE?
As for the money side of things, I was able to make the money I invested into the course back within 2 hours of client work, and had a 1,000%+ return on my initial investment in just one month.
I did have expenses, but adding up my invoices and seeing how much I’d made in my first month felt surreal.
It may not seem like a lot to some people, but for working online and for just about 10-20 hours per week, it felt like a step in the right direction.
Side note: It’s really important to keep track of your income when you’re a freelancer, so be sure to use a bookkeeping software to keep everything in order for when estimated quarterly taxes roll around. I highly recommend FreshBooks & QuickBooks Self-Employed Online if you need somewhere to start.
Learn more about FreshBooks and also sign up for a free trial to see if you like the interface & features. Also, if you use the QuickBooks link here, you can enjoy 50% off the self-employed package for the first 6 months. Have a question on either tool? Feel free to leave them in the comments! I have experience with both and think they’re both great options for freelancers – new or experienced.
I’ve taken other courses since 30 Days Or Less To Virtual Assistant Sucess, and it still remains one of my favorites. From the community to the incredible content, it gives you everything you need to get started and become a successful virtual assistant. Not to mention, I think it’s a great side hustle if you’re working a full-time job but have some debt you want to knock out.
Who knows, you may even end up swapping it with your 9-5 as time goes by!
Overall, I highly recommend 30DOL to VA Success. I’ve been able to apply the principles and lessons of the course to other businesses/side hustles I’ve started and have found the material to be extremely relevant.
Have a course you’ve taken and loved? Tell me about it in the comments. 🙂