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About 1.5 years ago I found out about the wondrous world of “Virtual Assisting.” I could be self-employed and “assist” people online with the skills I already had? Yeah okay right.
I had already played with the idea of monetizing a blog for a while. I even started one and wrote a few posts but except for a few occasional affiliate sales, it was a random time-consuming hobby. Could people really make money online?
I had a marketing degree and a few years of experience working in the corporate world. But would anyone pay me when I offered these skills online? I was very skeptical, to say the least.
I wasn’t particularly fond of my 9-5 and was so tired of my 10 days of vacation every year. So the promise of “being my own boss” and “working from anywhere” definitely sounded appealing to me.
To start out I decided to launch it as a side hustle. I wanted to see if this crazy idea would even be sustainable or bring in any money at all. I researched, learned, and read everything about Virtual Assistants that I could find. I rebranded my blog writing about all things online business and marketing.
I started my social media channels and crafted my offers and packages. And after a few weeks, I had my first client and my first PAID invoice – what?! So this thing was actually a legit business idea – woo!
Within a few months, I was booked out
Once I found my first client things started to snowball. My first client referred me to two other clients, people found me on Instagram or my website and reached out…it was crazy.
I worked hard so I could work at my 9-5 AND for my VA clients. It was challenging at times (lots of late nights and teaching myself all kinds of skills) but it paid off.
After about 4 months I was ready to quit my full-time job (something I never ever thought I would say).
There I was – a full-time self-employed Virtual Assistant and Social Media Manager. Happy, excited, confident, and terrified. For the first time in my life, I was my own boss. Could I really do this?!
I’m going to be honest with you. It was (and continues to be) HARD WORK. All the late nights and steep learning curves I mentioned earlier were exhausting but I knew I wanted this to work out more than anything. So I pulled through.
What did I offer?
I specialized in social media and content creation. I managed social media and Pinterest accounts for life and career coaches. I created content for blogs, podcasts, and YouTube channels. I designed social media graphics, wrote blog posts, researched the best keywords and tags, and so much more.
It was such an incredible feeling to work with people 1:1. I helped small business owners succeed in their marketing efforts.
The best part? I was my own boss. It was everything I imagined and more. I know working from home is not for everybody but I could never go back.
I don’t have to deal with my morning commute. I can finally sleep in or wake up early (depending on how I feel). I have time to go for a long morning walk with my dog every day. I implemented a morning routine (walk, work out, stretching, coffee, meditating, journal, self-care).
I choose the clients I want to work with and the services I want to offer. I spend all day with my dog (my favorite part). The advantages are endless.
Hands down the best decision I ever made.
After a while, I started shifting the focus in my business offering more specialized services and digital products (but that’s a story for another day).
I hope sharing my story will make you realize that starting your dream business (and dream life) is possible. Just go for it!
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