Today I wanted to discuss why I quit my last job on the last full day of training and why I’m pursuing a career in freelance Virtual Assistant work.
As some of you know I applied for a job at Full Creative. It had all the bells and whistles—work from home, make your own schedule, etc. I was excited. I was going to be more than just a stay at home mom again, I was going to have something for me.
First week went awesome, I was doing well and thriving. I shuffled my oldest to the bus and drove and picked up our youngest from my sister in law’s house. It was a long and taxing day (my husband was away) but it was all going to be worth it. I was working on my career goals!
The trainer was absolutely awesome and we had so much in common: our love for coffee, cups, and Marvel. If she wasn’t all the way in Idaho I would’ve totally hit her up for some coffee and a Marvel marathon! She was straightforward too, which I grew to appreciate the last couple days of training.
She heard my remark of “I won’t have a sitter while I work..” and grew concerned. The job did allow for flexibility but there was no room for noise or interruptions. She pulled me to the side (figuratively speaking) and mentioned if that the people doing quality calls hear ANYTHING—Jaxson crying or banging on the door during my short 30 min session—I would be let go without cause.
I opened my Etsy Shop, Jennifer Carfora Co
So, I pondered about it. I didn’t want to be in a job where I am going to be stressed out and worried about losing my job. I decided to quit that day as much as I wanted something for my own. I started to work on my Canva Templates for Pinterest and Media Kits—and made my first sale the following week. I’ve made three custom Media Kits Templates for Canva: Blush, Blossom, and Blues.
To date I have had about 7 sales (within a month) and I recently began freelancing as a Virtual Assistant. I needed something I can do from home without having to sit on call 5-8 hours a day. It is unrealistic. It’s unfortunate I went to school for Medical Billing and Coding to realize that I could be doing this. But life goes on.
What is a Virtual Assistant exactly?
A Virtual Assistant is a person who provides services to other bloggers, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and more. They provide:
- Social Media Management
- Email Management
- Graphic Design
- Blog Management
- Search Engine Optimization
- Lead Page Management
- Email Marketing
- Pinterest Setup
- Tailwind Setup
- Scheduling Pins
And so much more! They do all of these services (and more) in a remote location, or at home (like me!). There are generally hourly rates but others offer package rates that saves the client a certain percentage off.
How I Became a VA with Zero Training
Due to being a blogger I have inside knowledge of how engagement threads work, how to manage social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram! I even know how to step up a search engine optimized Pinterest account with, rich pins, board covers, and so much more.
I contemplated purchasing a course to better prepare me but in all honesty, you don’t need it. UNLESS you come from zero experience in blogging and handing social media accounts and threads.
Choose Your Rates
I am guilty of undercharging my services because I feel that there are others out there who (a) have much better credibility / experience, and (b) I doubt myself—or impostor syndrome. Don’t doubt yourself! I researched going rates for Virtual Assistants and the pay averaged between $20 to $40 per hour.
I started out low but have decided to increase my going rate–don’t sell yourself short. You are totally worth it. You can do what others do.
Network with Other Bloggers
I highly recommend this. I reached out to my very first official client on social media after I saw a post requesting VA services. At the time she found someone but later that week she reached out to me inquiring about my rates and services. Apparently the other one didn’t work out therefore I am glad I got out of my comfort zone and reached out to her.
She has recommended my services to her other blogger friends! If you do great work you will have great things come to you. You have to please your clients! Don’t half ass anything. And lastly, if you don’t understand what they’re asking of you don’t be afraid to ask them to clarify! I rather ask them to repeat themselves then drop the ball and make the client unhappy.
You need a Client Welcome Kit
I am currently working on my own Client Welcome Kit on Canva. Once I’ve completed it I will provide FREE copies of it for my readers. Anyway back to the Welcome Kit! What should be included:
- Policies & Procedures
- Rates & Packages
- Client Intake Form
- Client Agreement
- Payment Terms
- Confidentiality Agreement
They do offer templates on Etsy or Creative Market if you are not wanting to make them yourselves. I may look into making some in the future with affordable prices. Stay tuned.
Are you ready to be your own boss?
If this is something that you want to do, go for it. Only you can make your dreams come true, not someone else. Don’t sit on it!
You can find more information regarding my services here, Virtual Assistant.
As always, until next time.