I am back with yet another inspiring story of a Stay at Home Mom who makes $2,000 a month as a Virtual Assistant. Hope this interview with Desi-Ann Gordon inspires you into becoming a successful VA!
Learn more about Desi as she answers the following questions and don’t forget to check out the amazing goodies for you at the end of this post…
In case, you’ve missed my previous interview with Drew DuBoff, check it out right here – How this College Student Makes $30k a year as a Part-time VA!
1) Hi, Can you please tell us a little about yourself and your work?
My name is Desi-Ann Gordon.
- Social Media management (curating and posting articles on the website, through Buffer and creating newsletters with MailChimp)
- Sourcing contractors via phone and email
- Preparing process flowcharts
- Preparing contracts and lease agreements
- Providing personal assistant services to the client
2) What inspired you to get into this career?
Since I was having my daughter (who will be 10 years next month), I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. The experience of being away from home and unemployed in Israel gave me ample time to research opportunities. I also knew what my Whys’ were: freedom, flexibility, and family so I was happy to pursue the online world to fulfill my whys.
3) How long have you been in this career? And, when did you start seeing money coming in?
I signed up to two platforms in February 2017. Money started coming in right away; however, those were small projects for little pay. My income started to increase from around August 2017 until I now enjoy a steady weekly income. When I started the VA job in March 2018, my pay for 15 hours a week was almost equal to my salary (from my last full-time job) for 40 hours a week.
4) How much money do you make per month as a VA?
I make a minimum of $2,000 from that one client. I do other projects for other clients which varies from $150-$250 extra per month.
5) In your opinion, what are the three core skills needed for this side hustle?
- Time management – When you are working from home and on your own, several distractions can throw you off course. It is therefore important that you create a system to help you stick to your tasks and be productive.
- Digital skills – While all side hustles may not require heavy use of technology, mine does. I have been exposed to Slack, Todoist, MailChimp, Google Drive, to name a few. Some of these I had to learn and some required some refreshers. Overall, most of what I do requires me to use some app or platform.
6) Did you get trained prior to getting into this career? Is so, what helped you the most?
My prior training was from previous positions in administration as well as my online Master’s program. In both cases, I was able to combine the knowledge and skills gained to apply them to this new position. Thankfully, my client is passionate about lifelong learning so he has paid for me to do real estate and other courses to help with my personal development.
7) How did you land up at your first project/client?
As mentioned above, it all started from me searching the internet for freelancing opportunities. It was either through Forbes or Entrepreneur.com where I learned about Upwork.
8) What are some big obstacles you had to overcome getting started? And, what surprising lessons have you learned along the way?
Interesting you would ask this question!
There were several obstacles that come to mind. I am from the Caribbean and the concept of freelancing is not at all popular. While there are persons doing bits and pieces here and there, it is not as established as a viable income option as it is in other parts of the world.
So, it is against that background that I had to overcome the naysayers and the distractions. I even wrote an article about my experience of overcoming fear, self-doubt, etc.
You can take a read of it here.
9) What advice would you give to someone wanting to become a Virtual Assistant? Do you recommend any course which can help in this journey?
- Determine if this is what you really want. You should first know why you want to pursue this type of business. What are your motivations?
- Once you can answer that question, then start thinking about your niche. Think about your skills, interests, and previous work experiences.
- Invest in your business and take some courses. I find Fully Booked VA courses very helpful. They cover courses within various niches and can help you decide which one to choose if you’re stuck. (I have an affiliate link in here so delete if not accepted)
- Start networking with like-minded people (particularly those within your niche).
10) What do you feel are the keys to success when working remotely with a client?
If you’d want to get started as a Virtual Assistant, there are unlimited avenues and in fact, there are 275+ services you can offer to your client as a VA, and can easily earn $25-$40 per hour as a Virtual Assistant working just part-time. So, don’t under-estimate this golden opportunity and start your career as a VA today!
The high-paying ones are:
- Email Management
- Project Management, and
- Pinterest Management!
- lus, much, much more!