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How do you define your role as a virtual assistant? What kind of VA services do you offer?
Tell us about yourself. (Family life, what you do, background/what did you do professionally before you got started as a social media specialist.)
Prior to starting my VA business I was a stay at home Mom to our 4 kids and ran a direct sales business on the side. In May 2014 my husband and I sold our house, bought an RV, and have been traveling around the US with our 4 kids and 2 dogs ever since! That is what prompted me to start my business so my husband could quit his 9 to 5 and join my team – he specializes in website design and SEO work. And we both strive to work just 20 hours a week. We love the concept of less work and more play! We also have a travel blog we run where we document our adventure: www.crazyfamilyadventure.com
How did you learn about “social media specialist” as a job? Is this something you went to school for?
How did you get your first client?
I offered my first client a Free month when I got started. I let him know that I would do his social media work for him for free for 1 month and then at that time he could decide if he wanted to pay me to continue to do the work. He is still a paying client today!
You own Virtual Powerhouse with your husband and a blog www.crazyfamilyadvenure.com. How did VPH start?
At what point did you realize this could be a real business?
How has your business grown?
It has been steady. I normally don’t actively search out clients but instead get referrals or word of mouth clients. We try to be very careful and stick within our 20 hours a week. We didn’t choose this lifestyle so we could work 80 hours a week! We chose it so we could get out and explore this amazing world we live in.
When/how did you decide to start your blog Crazy Family Adventure?
We started the blog the summer after we moved into our RV. I had no idea how to build a website or start a blog so when the kids went to bed at night I taught myself. We would love for our blog to eventually be bringing in a big chunk of our income.
Do you make money from your blog right now?
When did you start earning money from your blog?
What is your goal for your blog over the next year?
How many hours do you work a week?
We aim for 20 but depending on client load and what we are trying to do with the blog it could be a little more.
What is the best part of being the owner of a small business?
Being able to sleep in and snuggle our kids every morning and being able to go out on a Wednesday and go hiking or exploring all day.
What does your day look like when you’re working?
Hmm . . . that is a tough one. Being on the road nothing is consistent. My desk is either the kitchen table, our bed or a table at Starbucks. And sometimes a picnic table by the beach! My big work day is on Monday’s. On Monday my husband is in charge of the kids and really focus in on getting as much done as I can in 1 day. Then the rest of the week I work random hours to do the rest of the work that needs to be done and to answer emails. I will also do work at night when the kids are sleeping. I am a night owl and find that I am most focused after midnight!
What are your favorite resources (books, courses, tools) that you would recommend for someone who is wanting to start a small business?
What is your best tip for anyone looking to start a side hustle or begin working from home?
Are you interested in starting a virtual assistant business?
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Resources I think you would like!
- Pinterest VA – This course is offered by Kristin Larsen of Believe in a Budget and Gina Horkey of the Horkey Handbook. They both have years of experience as virtual assistants! Pinterest is the number one traffic source for many bloggers. With these skills you could have a flourishing VA business in no time!
- Free VA Course – This course is a great way to see if being a Virtual Assistant is right for you.
- Become a VA in 30 Days or Less – Gina Horkey teaches you all you need to start your VA business from time management to email management and how to get your first clients.