Virtual Work From Home As the ONLY Income

Virtual Work From Home As the ONLY Income

 

I left you hanging in the last post.…….. 

I’m heading into 2019 as a single mom on a single income…..and that is my Virtual Professional business.

What?  Yes it’s a bit nerve wracking on one hand.  But soooooo empowering on the other.

(Here’s where I get vulnerable.  Really vulnerable.)

For all of 2017 and 2018  I operated my business in the midst of major life turmoil.  Lost my father to cancer.  Separated from my husband.  Walking my daughter through significant treatment for anorexia.  And graduating my oldest and moving him across the country for college.

Here’s the good news (for me and for everyone out there running a VA / Virtual Professional business.)

I made it.  And so can you.

I didn’t just make it, I once again hit six figures.

(in revenue, not profit, not salary…..there was a lot that I outsourced just to keep myself physically well and mentally healing.)

It wasn’t until the kids went back to school in August that I was able to put my focus 100% back into my business.  And in 4 short months, I was back to my “normal” levels of Virtual Professional revenue.

My divorce was final on Dec. 26th and I entered 2019 100% financially responsible for myself and my 4 kids.

There is no fall back income.  No space to take a season off.   

All benefits of working from home that had been agreed upon in our marriage and were so helpful for the care of our 4 kids, are now gone and it’s all me.

What would you do differently in your business if your family was 100% relying on your income?

That’s quite a question.  And while I’ve always been a serious business builder, there are some things I’ve approached differently as a result of this change.

Cash flow is more important.  Delayed client payments can really throw a wrench into things.   Having more cash reserves also helps us work from a place of strength instead of a place of desperation and worry.

Selecting clients who respect your boundaries and time constraints is also essential.  While there are some days I can work later and longer, there are days that it’s all on me to get the kids somewhere and I can’t have emergency client work cropping up at those times.  (Hint:  clients 3 time zones away can have the best intentions but in all practicality, just isn’t right.)

Thinking about the longer term picture has also allowed me to select clients and projects that lead towards longer term, more sustainable business.

These are more “advanced” topics in the virtual professional space for sure.  Even if you are just getting started, I like to be transparent with what’s ahead.

I am still 100% a believer in this client-services business model.

I still see more work available than there are VA’s to take on.

It’s still the business model I am pursuing even as a single mom.

Share with me…..what’s the biggest thing holding you back from starting or growing your VA / Virtual Professional business?

(It could be the topic of my next email!)

If you’re ready to rock-n-roll, my best fast track trainings from 2018 are available in this training bundle at a special price only thru Tuesday.   It’s the lowest priced training package I’ve ever offered.

Because…….Our email list has been LIT UP since the holidays.  Hundreds of new people signing up since then.   It’s clearly time for a change.

These are the videos you want to watch if you are just beginning your VA business…… or if you are stalled and discouraged and want to reset with a fresh mentality (and be inspired knowing it can be done even if you are the sole breadwinner.)

Here’s to the women that are taking this Virtual Professional mountain with me!

3 best tips for what the Virtual Professional market will look like in 2019

3 best tips for what the Virtual Professional market will look like in 2019

The fastest way to build your own business is STILL services.   If you look closely at the the behind the scenes footage of even the biggest online businesses,  you’ll notice they bring a large percentage of their income from 1-on-1 coaching / mentoring or services.

Because the business model is so simple.

“What do you charge to do ______?”
“I charge $____/ hour.  Here’s my paypal link. I can start Thursday and it will be ready in 10 days.”

To get started, you answer these 3 questions…..

What service do I offer?
What should I charge?
Where do I find these clients?

As you approach a new year, I want to share my 3 best tips for what the Virtual Professional market will look like in 2019.

Follow these suggestions and your freelance / client-services work will flourish this year.

1.  Professionalism matters more and more
In November, I interviewed for a contract client that specifically sought out someone with a corporate background.

Their experience so far in working with other online freelancers was lacking of depth in knowledge, lacking in professionalism (just show up on time and communicate people!) and full of empty promises.

For this client, someone with a corporate background at least had a proven track record of experience and accountability. Now, if you don’t have a corporate background, don’t panic.  

The key here is to see what they were looking for:
– Show up on time.
– Do what you said you would do.

– Keep it professional.

Yes a lot of us are juggling kids but don’t waste time on a client call venting about why you were running late due to the slow dentist appointment.  

Your #1 job is to get work done for them, no matter how you juggle it.

2. Efficiency Expectations Continue to Escalate
And for good reason.  The content marketing machine is well oiled and the best brands are churning out top notch material across multiple platforms daily.

If you are in the space of working with content of any kind – blogs, articles, video, podcasts, social media – you have to be efficient.

One criteria I rate now when working with a new VA is how quickly they turn over work and how many “touches” with me did it take.

Example:  I assign something on Tuesday.  Want it by Friday. Have they opened it, reviewed it and asked short efficient questions within a day or so of the assignment?   Have they completed the work without reaching out to me multiple times for links, questions, decisions?

Working faster is GOOD for your business.

The more you get done, the more you can bill and the more space it opens up for work coming your way.

So GET AFTER IT!!

3.  In Person Connections are More Important Than Ever
It’s true I’ve grown many, many connections online over the years.  But the relationships that propelled my business the furthest, were also in person connections.

  • You meet online but then attend a conference or local meet up together.
  • You meet online but then join a mastermind together and connect over zoom weekly for 10 weeks.
  • You meet locally and bring their business into the online space.

So stop hiding behind your computer, typed messages or another instagram post announcing you have space for clients. Get on the phone.  Set up a Zoom video meeting.  And decide which conferences you’re going to attend in person this year.

So what does my 2019 Virtual Professional Business look like?

Single. Income.

That’s right.  More on that in part 2 of this email.

I did not exactly retire my husband but in 2019 I am caring for myself and 4 kids on only my Virtual Professional income.

🙌😬👊👩🏻‍💻🏃🏻‍♀️🎉

There are not even enough emojis to do this justice. I’ll share these new developments and how to scale 1-on-1 services (without becoming a worn out, exhausted content engine) in part 2.

Until then, level up the professional in your virtual business!

PS – There’s a secret flash sale on my best trainings from 2018.  Click here to grab it. Only for those who read far enough to grab it.   You’re the ones who are going to crush it in your VA / Virtual Professional business this year!  

Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Freedom In Your Work Schedule

Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of Freedom In Your Work Schedule

{Virtual Work Opportunities for the week of July 3rd….scroll down…. but we’d love for you to read our advice on how to land these great opportunities first!}

What comfortable pattern is keeping you in work you don’t belong in? What’s holding you from quitting a day job or changing up your side gig to make it more profitable?

My motto this year is there is FREEDOM in TRUTH. If we can’t be truthful with ourselves and the situations we are in, we won’t break free.

Did your side gig only earn you $172 last month even though you worked on it 20 hours a week? (Math is always truthful)

Would you rather suffer thru the commute and a bad boss than take the risk of having to find your own clients?

Both of those are very real and accurate truths that many of you face.  Seek the truth and find your freedom!

Find Freedom in this week’s HOT Virtual Work Opportunities

{These virtual work opportunities are pulled from various sources around the web each week.  Some are free listings and some require a membership to sites such as FlexJobs or HireMyMomIf you want the best clients, long-term business and the highest rates, we suggest using these sites over free Facebook groups.  To learn how to refine your search for the highest dollar virtual work opportunities, try our fast class.}

Tech-Oriented “VA” for Health & Wellness Entrepreneur

Up & coming Holistic Nurse Entrepreneur business is seeking a collaborative spirit, honorable intentions and an excellent work ethic, Virtual Assistant.

They are asking for a VA but there are some web-specific tech requests in this job description. So there are 2 ways to look at this….. if you’re a web person who doesn’t mind additional VA work, go for it! If you’re a VA missing the tech experience, a sub that works out to your favorite tech genius.

Admin Assistant for Busy Entrepreneur

This entrepreneur has likely been through a rough share of VA’s and even mentions bad experiences in the past. This post is written in a way that personal characteristics are more important than skill level.
Be Professional! This means be reliable, punctual, resourceful, have empathy and appreciation.
Skills can be taught and developed.

Digital Content Manager

Professional plus flexibility here.
A strategic marketing firm is looking for a passionate, driven, self-starter to join our expanding team. This role will work with a range of clients, managing the end-to-end blog and podcast production.
Responsibilities include on-boarding new clients, and assisting with current clients managing.
  1. Knowledge of email marketing platforms (such as MailChimp)
  2. Knowledge of CMS platforms such as WordPress, Hubspot etc.
  3. Knowledge of social media scheduling tools (specifically Buffer)

Virtual Part-Time Client Services Accountant

Jump into an established virtual bookkeeping business.
This company is looking to outsource for Part-Time Client Services Accountant. Our use of experienced accounting professionals, virtual infrastructure, and a systematized business process results in a compelling and comprehensive solution for growing businesses.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to work with multiple clients, learn about their businesses and optimizing their accounting workflow.
Collaboration with the clients’ team and provide them with support and data to help make their business a success is a priority.
Implement cutting-edge technology tools to provide each client with the best possible accounting solutions, business processes, and workflows.
When You Lose Sleep Over Freelance Frustrations, Do This

When You Lose Sleep Over Freelance Frustrations, Do This

{Virtual Work Opportunities for the week of June 11th….scroll down…. but we’d love for you to read our advice on how to land these great opportunities first!}

I was laying in bed last night past midnight.  Not asleep.  This is so rare for me.  I’m a hard sleeper.  But, I treated myself to a Sunday afternoon nap and therefore…. the mind was still raring to go.

Here’s the dark side of freelance work that isn’t talked about enough.

Recently I’ve spent good time with prospects on strategy / get to know you calls only to not get the contract.  They seemed all in and even gave me the start date but then, crickets.

I’ve also had clients really draaaaaaaaagggg out work, getting contracts started, etc.  So contracts I thought would end in May, are still open in June.  (and I was nice about it and let them….because, well, that’s good business sometimes.)  That means….May revenue wasn’t what I expected it to be.

Frustrating right?  But that’s the reality of freelance work and it happens to all of us (but isn’t a reason to NOT do it ok?  Your day job could drop you in a hot second with no severance pay as well.)

So at midnight I jumped onto Upwork to reply to a couple messages from prospects who sought me out and asked me to interview for their projects (nice, huh?  the right stuff in your profile and that happens!)

Just a few minutes browsing on Upwork and FlexJobs and my fears were gone.

In fact, I had to force myself to sleep and wait until morning to get up and reach out to those prospects.  The work is out there.   Are you finding flaky clients and prospects in one niche?  Try another.

Secret Insider Tip:

I’ll go on a limb and say most people running those really fun looking online businesses are really struggling to be profitable themselves and can’t get organized enough to even task a team.  I know this because often I’m in that uber-busy place where I want to give my VAs more work but literally can’t find the time in the day to prep it.  So if your vision is working with all these cool mompreneur biz chix boss mom types, perhaps expanding a bit and finding more stable work will let your business establish better first?  Shared with love.  From one overwhelmed freelancer to another.

Check out our favorite opportunities this week.  Where we try to avoid slow, flaky prospects and point you to the best opportunities out there.

This week we found lots of stuff for experienced virtual pro’s at good rates!


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Week of June 11th

{These virtual work opportunities are pulled from various sources around the web each week.  Some are free listings and some require a membership to sites such as FlexJobs or HireMyMomIf you want the best clients, long term business and the highest rates, we suggest using these sites over free Facebook groups.  To learn how to refine your search for the highest dollar virtual work opportunities, try our fast class.}

Part-Time Personal/VA

Have experience? This E-commerce + Local Design Remodel Biz is seeking a digitally savvy personal assistant/VA with experience in social media and email marketing. (Do you understand growth hacking? – BONUS!)

Copywriter Project with Details Ready for You

Ready-made project for a copywriter: Entrepreneur with multiple online products in real estate is seeking a copywriter to provide the copy for email campaigns. Scripts from webinars and sales copy can be used top in into an email sequence.

Favorite Online Expert Needs Your Video Editing Talents

Hot! Hot! Hot! One of the top talents in online marketing needs your fancy video editing skills. Rachel Miller over at Moolah Marketing has this position posted on HireMyMom. Experience in Adobe Premier, Audition and Filmora is preferred.

Part-Time Client Care + Team Support VA

This is the kind of detailed job description that shows you the kind of professional you’re going to work with – but in that exciting online marketing space! Only 5 – 7 hours/week to start but the right person will surely grow here. Client care and website and funnel and email updates (with all the alphabet soup of online marketing tools thrown in). I was also impressed with the realistic initial salary request.

Part-Time, Remote Digital Copywriter

Want stable copywriting work? This Digital Marketing Agency is seeking a part-time, remote digital copywriter. Responsibilities include writing, editing blogs, social media updates for clients in various industries, write monthly social calendars, email newsletters and promo content.
Finding Remote Work in Summertime Work Flow

Finding Remote Work in Summertime Work Flow

{Virtual Work Opportunities for the week of June 5th….scroll down…. but we’d love for you to read our advice on how to land these great opportunities first!}

It’s full on summertime for me this week!  Graduation festivities and college orientation are behind us.  One child is off to the first week of summer camp.  Others are occupied with work and activities.  I’ve got a “normal” summer week ahead of me and I’m starting to feel adapted to the work-from-home-summer-life…. which is quite interruptive and different from the work-from-home-while-at-school-life.

Ways I Adapt to the Work-From-Home Summer Schedule:

(with kids ages 18, 15, 13 and 11)

  • I work earlier for uninterrupted time.  Like 6 am – 9 am for example
  • We review the schedule each week so they know when I have client meetings / video recordings
  • Everyone has their own goals to work towards.  So the day isn’t all structured like school but they have a menu of things to pick from in a self-directed way.  Do something active.  Do something helpful.  Learn something, etc.
  • I change up my schedule with clients – which they generally love too – so we can still accomplish our goals but on a more summer-friendly schedule.  Changing things up like this freshens our outlook which is a bonus as well.
  • I add a fun “summertime thinking” project to my work.  Usually a writing or creation project of some sort I can chew on while sitting at the pool, on road trips or on vacation.

Now here are some fun facts about the the virtual work opportunities we love this week:

It’s a small {internet} world after all:  One of these gems of a position I found on Hire My Mom is from someone I crossed paths with in the internet world at a conference 6 years ago.  And they are doing so well with their online business.   Get out and get to conferences occasionally.  It’s a smaller world in the online business space than you may realize.

Feel Good work is out there:  Autism and Red Cross?  So many tell me they want to work for a non-profit.  Organizations like this are beginning to see the value and benefits of working with remote talent.  If this is what you want, go looking specifically for the companies you want to work for, then research their work-from-home potentials.

One, steady, PT or FT client is a good option for some:  Don’t want to build a whole portfolio of freelance clients?  You don’t have to!  For some people, in some seasons, one solid client is sufficient, enjoyable and effective.  It’s not a competition.  You are designing the right freelance business for you.

Let’s Start Summer With These VWO’s

{These virtual work opportunities are pulled from various sources around the web each week.  Some are free listings and some require a membership to sites such as FlexJobs or HireMyMomIf you want the best clients, long term business and the highest rates, we suggest using these sites over free Facebook groups.  To learn how to refine your search for the highest dollar virtual work opportunities, try our fast class.}

Copywriter for Autism Products Company

Feel good business….low on details on the job description but job posting indicates an awareness of the caliber of talent needed. They want a “Copywriter needed to identify a brand voice for a company geared for children with Autism. Needing to translate the brand voice into web copy & writing on the packaging.”

PT Customer Service For Digestive Wellness Company

The online world is actually quite small. When we came across this job posting, I was like “hey! I know these guys from back in 2012 when they were just getting started! Crazy!” They are good guys with a great, important mission. And, I can tell they’ve been around the block in the Virtual Professional space as well when their job posting says “Is extremely dependable… not the “This usually doesn’t happen, but it happened again” type.” Right? You guys I PREACH without apology to be a professional. To show up. You have the flexibility of work from home but that doesn’t mean constant interruptions are accepted. You need to stay professional and focused on the work.
So these guys are seeking a Customer Support VA, and I’m not surprised due to the success and professionalism with which they run their business.

Virtual Executive Assistant

Leading private Virtual Assistant firm is looking for an executive assistant who specializes in supporting senior level management clients. Ideal candidate will be “tech savvy” (examples given are Asana, Google Docs, CRM’s, Evernote – so they aren’t asking you to program but just know your way around a computer or be willing to learn) They ask: “Are you a life-long learner who thrives on educating yourself on new tools?” I love this question. It shows they are wise and open to training up the right candidate. Great position for someone breaking out of their day job!

PT Social Media Strategies & Brand Storyteller

Social Media done right. With professionalism and high amounts of creativity. I like this opportunity for a couple of reasons. First, you are working for an agency…which can be a pro or a con depending on your business goals. But if you don’t like the prospecting and selling part, this is done for you. Secondly, I can tell this agency has a well thought out job description and pays for experience (they aren’t just trying to get away cheap. Because you can’t in this creative space.)

Brand Market Expert for the American Red Cross

Here it is! Feel GOOD about the work you do. American Red Cross is seeking a brand-marketing expert to support the Talent Acquisition Team in focusing on employment branding. Social media campaigns and platform experience strongly preferred. This is a professional remote position with long term stability. Go for it!
Make It A Work-From-Home Summer

Make It A Work-From-Home Summer

{Virtual Work Opportunities for the week of May 28th….scroll down…. but we’d love for you to read our advice on how to land these great opportunities first!}

 

 

The worst working-mom day ever for me was the first day of summer.  Everyone else would sleep in while I left early, dressed in stuffy clothes and watched as my babysitter, husband or neighbor shared photos of all the summer fun.

Not only was I missing my own healthy dose of sunshine stuck in that corporate air conditioning, I was using up all my best energy in the office and coming home spent and exhausted.

This. Is. Motivation.   Can this be the last summer you ever have to spend in an office?

You guys.  Working in the sunshine is the best ever!

Breaking up my work day to match my kids summer schedule….priceless.

So I put together this free training to capitalize on that momentum as we kick off summer.

How to build your mom-life-friendly professional work-from-home business this summer.

It’s not MLM or direct sales. You can use the skills you already have. Organization. Computer skills. Customer Service. Writing. Design.

It seems easy! So what you are missing to make this happen?

1. Where are these jobs?
2. What are my marketable skills and how do I present them?
3. What about all those “scary business steps”? (Hint: There aren’t any. This is really simple.)

I’ve taught customer service reps how to become freelance professionals. And I’ve shown well-paid corporate professionals, how to transition into more interesting and meaningful clients using their talents from home as freelancers.

This show is a special Memorial Day edition. It will boost your end of the 3 day weekend spirit with a plan and a path to move into PROFESSIONAL work-from-home life.  Watch it here.(even if the 3 day weekend has passed)

 

Lead in title for this week’s VWO’s

{These virtual work opportunities are pulled from various sources around the web each week.  Some are free listings and some require a membership to sites such as FlexJobs or HireMyMomIf you want the best clients, long term business and the highest rates, we suggest using these sites over free Facebook groups.  To learn how to refine your search for the highest dollar virtual work opportunities, try our fast class.}

Long-Term VA for Luxury Real Estate Company

 

Luxury Real Estate Company in Aspen is looking for a perfectionist with attention to detail, an eye for design and is good with words. An entrepreneur is seeking a long-term VA for tasks such as copywriting, proofing marketing materials and drafting emails. Since looking at high-end real estate is a fun past time of mine, this sounds FUN!

Content & Social Media Specialist for Start-up

I love the way they word this: “looking for a prolific and talented content creator to write and produce various projects and blog regularly”
This well thought out and detailed job description from this award-winning startup is a great opportunity to work with a company with momentum. FYI, they mention project management skills. Smart cookies.

PT Social Media Manager for Health & Nutrition Blogger

 

Are you a health & nutrition guru? This Social Media Manager position could be ideal for you. Big request…lots of platforms, content development, campaign management and more.

PT Branding-Product Manager for High-End Home Product Retailer

High-End kitchen / home / baby / pet product retailer is seeking a brand and product manager to play a “conductor” coordinating various marketing materials with a team that includes graphic designers, copywriters, photographers etc.
This is for a quality, high-end kind of marketing style and their pay offer seems to reasonably match to that skillset. At 20 hours per week, this could be a solid client with good pay.

Start Your New Online Book Keeping Business With This Client

 

Are you a bookkeeper a little nervous about finding your own clients? This is a great virtual gig to start small and grow into more under the wing of an accomplished bookkeeping and accounting company.