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How To Make $40/hr as a Virtual Assistant (Zero Experience)

You might have heard of someone working as a Virtual Assistant and wondering if you could do the same. I know the feeling! If you want to enjoy the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere, spare more time for your kids & family, while earning a decent income, this could be one great opportunity!

When I started looking for options to work from home, the most appealing option was to offer Virtual Assistant Services.

Do you know, there has been a 95% increase in demand for Virtual Assistants (VAs) in the last three years?

In an effort to achieve work-life balance entrepreneurs, professionals, and small business owners are always on the lookout for a Virtual Personal Assistant. These busy people hire Virtual Assistants to handle tasks like Social Media Management, Travel Booking, Email Management, Scheduling, Organizing & Planning Projects and so much more…

In fact, there are over 275+ services that a Virtual Assistant can offer to a client! Click below to find out what you can offer…

Above all, Virtual Assistants can choose which services they wish to offer and also quote them at their desired rates. Depending on the skillset and the services one can offer, VAs can earn $20 to $40 per hour. I personally heard the success stories of several VAs who started their own VA business from scratch. Yes, you can achieve the same grandeur!

So, if you’re ready to ‘Kick Start Your VA Career’ and Scale it to ‘Profitable VA Biz’ overtime.

Let’s get started!

RoadMap: How To Become a Virtual Assitant? A real-life case study uncovered!

Today, I have with me,   Gina Horkey  !

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You probably already heard of the success story of this remarkable stay-at-home mom, who worked as a VA for over four years and has been teaching others how to break into the industry ever since! 

Nevertheless, I have many wonderful things to say about her, and she totally deserves those appreciations.

She’s the founder of Horkey HandBook the site, a website geared towards helping others find or become a kickass virtual assistant. A married, millennial mama to two precocious kiddos from Minnesota. Additionally, Gina’s background includes making a living as a professional writer, an online business marketing consultant, and a decade of experience in the financial services industry.

Since 2014, she has been helping people start and grow their own freelance writing and virtual assistant businesses by openly sharing her own journey. Over the decades, she’s blossomed into a thriving businesswoman and built a huge fan base with her course, Fully Booked VA, this course literally walks you through starting your own VA business from scratch. It’s perfect for newbies and offers extreme value. The expertise she offers is truly amazing.

 ➡ Here are some of the modules included in the course:

  • What services to offer
  • Who to offer them to
  • How much to charge
  • Where to find clients
  • How to set up your website (including what should be on it!)
  • How to effectively pitch clients
  • Invoicing
  • Contracts
  • Working with clients
  • And a deep dive into about a dozen services you can offer 

Plus, much, much more!

You can check out her super informative course by clicking here.

Carrie, a stay-at-home mom, realized the scope of this fantastic job pretty soon. She took the course in November 2015 and had her VA business up and running by August. She averages out a monthly income of $2500-$3000 working just 30 hours per week. Her services include ‘Website maintenance, email assistance, customer outreach, and marketing’. You Can Read More Success Stories here.

If you’re looking for the right source, obviously, she’s the most qualified person to reach out to and that’s what I did!

And, everything you need to LAUNCH & GROW your virtual assistant business is right in here.

I hope, this post serves your purpose and takes the first step towards your goal!

1. Hi Gina, I want to hear from you, the definition of a VA? And know, what a VA actually does?

Hi, a virtual assistant is really just anyone that trades tasks for pay from afar. Or in other words, an individual that offers services virtually as a contractor or self-employed individual to clients.

In my opinion, contracting and working virtually is the way of the future.

People (clients and virtual assistants alike) crave increased flexibility. And what better way to obtain it than to build a business and/or team virtually?

Clients (typically small business owners, entrepreneurs, etc.) aren’t always looking to manage people or take on full-time help. Instead, they’d like to contract out for specific services they need help with. It makes it a win/win for both parties. 🙂

Services offered by a VA can include everything from email management, content creation, bookkeeping, graphic design, social media, and more! There are tons of services you can offer as a VA.

 ➡ check out this list of over 275+ services that a Virtual Assistant can offer to a client!

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2. How much money can a VA expect to earn?

This is going to depend on your experience, skill-set, and areas of expertise. I.e. The more specialized your services and the more experience you have, the more you can charge. The average North American virtual assistant earns between   $25-40 per hour.  

I’ve seen people in our community charge as little as $15 per hour and others earn more than $100 per hour (including myself). Ultimately it comes down to being really good at what you do and finding clients that value what you’re offering them.

How quickly you start earning honestly depends on how quickly (and frequently) you start putting yourself out there for hire.

Click here to read some student success stories for some real live examples of VAs that have built successful businesses.

3. What kind of person is a good fit for VA work?

What I hear from clients over and over is that they’re looking for someone that’s:

  • Communicative
  • Organized
  • A self-starter
  • And reliable

So while they’re looking for people that can provide select services, they’re mainly looking for the above. As long as you’re trainable, you’ve got a shot!

You also need to have a computer (desktop or laptop, doesn’t matter) and reliable internet. Don’t worry about having any fancy programs or applications – most clients will give you access to their cloud-based tools and software programs that you need to complete your work for them.

4. How does a VA go about getting clients?

We cover more than a half dozen prospecting methods in Fully Booked VA, but a few of our favorites are:

  1. Using social media
  2. In-person networking
  3. Tapping into your natural market

Methods for finding and attracting high-quality clients haven’t changed much over the last decade, but really understanding what they are, which you’re best suited for, and how to go about them in the right way are important. Luckily for our students, prospecting and building effective client relationships are kind of our specialty.

5. What kind of results can someone expect to obtain from your VA course?

Most students make their way through the material in a month or less.

Many end up getting hired by their first client before they finish. Results will vary based on the time someone has available, the amount of action they take, and the skill-set they enter the course with.

Some students have the goal of bringing in a few hundred extra dollars each month, while others want to replace a six-figure salary. We’ve watched numerous students accomplish both goals over the last several years – most land somewhere in between.

My personal favorite is when someone sends me an email or tags me on Facebook that they’ve just quit their soul-sucking job. 😉

I took the course (I was a beta tester) and learned a ton! It’s been totally revamped and improved a couple of times since then and it has even more information. I like that it’s practical and has action steps so you can put what you learn to use. Lisa Tanner

6. What’s the top tip you have for someone who wants to break into VA work?

You’ll never know what you’re capable of if you never try.

Don’t think about what the worst-case scenario could be – instead think about what’s the BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME that can come from trying something new?

Once you get inside, you’ll enjoy the cool benefits of this amazing work-from-home job.

My Final Take!

Your destiny is in your hands.

It’s totally up to you to decide what you make of it!

Never before in history, were there so many opportunities to work from home and make money online. If you want to be able to work from home, spend more time with your family, and, satisfy your wallet, you’ll need to make the right choice.

You just can’t expect things to happen, without doing anything. Virtual assistance is one such great option, that’ll take you to the next level quickly without investing much time.

If you’re looking for some great ideas for getting started, consider this VA course as a roadmap to your journey. Whether you want to offer services or start your own VA business, you’ll still need the right guidance. I heard – Many students surprisingly getting hired even before the completion of this course, and I believe that’s what makes it so special and popular.

  It’s a complete step-by-step guide to anyone willing to start their own VA career. Any VA can make the minimum. But, you’ll learn how to get premium clients, how to work with the best of the best. It’s clubbed with a very generous 7-day money-back guarantee. Meaning, if you find out right away that the course isn’t the right fit for you, you’ll be refunded in full 😮

Above all, Gina Horkey has this unique perspective of matching clients with VAs, answering all their questions, listening to what they are looking for and what makes a good virtual assistant. That’s all you need to succeed as a VA! 

Ready to become a Virtual Assistant?

I bet you would want to take the leap in case you haven’t! Here’s the link ➡

Also, leave your comments, and feedbacks if you’ve already taken the VA course.

How to become a virtual assistant in a month, work from home, and quit your job! Absolutely no experience required! #workfromhome #makemoneyonline #workathomejobs

Carole Muckel

Thursday 4th of July 2019

I have tried a few suggestions on how to make money at home and found it to be more costly and work to just try and set something up before I can even think about it being profitable. Like anything else, prepare to spend money first before actually making money.


Monday 11th of February 2019

Hi, I find this article very interesting. However to my knowledge, this new trending job turns out to be successful for US based people only, at least English speaking people at native level. I live in the Netherlands and am Italian native. Unfortunately in Europe the concept of reliable based-home jobs are is not yet commonly shared and trusted by job seekers. If you look up on the Internet home-based jobs, normally you come across under-paid function, vague job descriptions or very low-profile jobs based on unreliable contract terms. I suspect that if I apply for functions as VA for a US-based companies, my chances to get a job would be much lower than if I was English native speaker. Finally, what I mean is that this path might be successful, but mainly for US-based American people or at least for the ones who master English at native level.

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