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.


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!

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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.
Work From Home Business Case Study: For Writers

Work From Home Business Case Study: For Writers

copywriter case study how to turn writing skills into work from home business

Welcome to the How She Quits Show: Turning Your Passion for Writing into a Work From Home Business, Episode 21


Don’t downplay those WordGirl skills. It’s a true talent to clearly, cleverly and concisely write in a compelling way. (Did you like that sentence? Good! I like to think I’ve picked up some of my own WordGirl skills along the way!)  In this episode, I will show you a case study and business plan for how to take those writing skills into a successful work from home business.



Highlights from the Show:

1:40 What does good writing look like?

3:40 A Profile of a Word Girl

5:00 Beginner and Advanced Skillsets for Freelance Writing Work – Don’t forget, you can grow from a beginner into the advanced skills!

8:42 The process for building your writing business

Process to build a virtual work from home business slide

9:13 Tasks you can get paid for as a Word Girl

tasks a copywriter does

9:50 Profiles of clients are looking for this skillset

  • Big Time Bloggers
  • ECommerce Business
  • Entrepreneurs who are growing Online Business or Launching Courses
  • Writing Clearinghouse

12:48 Example results to work toward – The process for potential business growth of $150 to $5k+ per month

You likely still have questions about launching a work from home business like…

Where can I find those projects/clients?

Are my skills really good enough for this?

I know some of the things you talked about, but not all. How do I learn?

Do I need a website? How should I charge?

Can I do this on my own?

“Yes…we can do it on our own…I tried…and 2 1/2 years later still struggling because I didn’t have the proper foundation set in place. From participating in your courses (even after I had an established business) you offer a much shorter learning curve. Kind of like…we can all learn to drive on our own, but driver’s ed or a driver instructor sure help guide us!” – Kim Vander Poel, How She Quits Participant

Start Here with my FREE Resources:

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Want to move faster?

If you’re ready to quit that job or start earning fast check out my Virtual Professional Starter Kit.

Included in Starter Kit:

  • Instructional Guide with all the steps for whatever phase of Vir Pro Business you are in
  • Printable worksheets and templates, including Scope of Work template and a high performing Portfolio for getting started
  • 90 Minute Workshop to design the right VirPro business for YOU
  • 30+ video lessons teaching you specific steps to start and grow your business
  • Fast Classes Learn and learn quickly the highest dollar virtual work skills.

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Legitimate Work-From-Home Opportunities

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The Work-From-Home Jobs Moms Want

Looking to make an extra $1000, or $10k even, at a work-from-home job?

Are you a stay at home mom tired of pinching pennies?

Are you stuck in the day job and spending most of your paycheck on childcare and most of your time in the commute?

Do you need more flexibility for your family?

On this week’s episode of the How She Quits Show we’ll take a realistic look at ways you can make legitimate money and still work from home.

We’re not talking direct sales or cash back apps. These are real jobs and businesses that you can work from home allowing you to maintain the flexibility you need as a mom.

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How She Quits – Episode 18: 

Episode 18, Legitimate Work-From-Home Opportunities, Show Notes:

  • 6:54 The 3 types of Work-from-Home Opportunities in a nutshell
  • 13:40 Definition & examples of Freelance ‘Virtual Work’
  • 18:10 Opportunity Mapper – Match your ideal level of business with the best work opportunities for you.
    Get my Master List of Recommended Work-from-Home Opportunities Here
  • 23:00 What about blogging?
  • 25:00 What is a Virtual Assistant? – What do you do? Who do you work for?
  • 30:35 Money Map Exercise for the beginning Virtual Professional
  • 31:52 Virtual Professional Freelancer Path – Next steps you should take

How Do I Get Started Working From Home?

The path to work-from-home independence can take different forms depending on your season of life or goals you’re trying to meet. If you’re feeling confused about the choices and what to find out what may be a good fit for you, Take this Quiz

Sign up HERE to get my Master List of Recommended, Legit, Flexible, Meaningful and Mom-Friendly Work-from-Home Opportunities and weekly updates with the best job postings my team can find.

Working as a Freelance Virtual Professional is the fastest way to income, with the most opportunity as the market (and high speed internet) grows to accept remote workers and defining your specialty will allow you to climb the industry maturity curve faster and better than generalist Virtual Assistant’s.

I created the Virtual Professaional Starter Kit as a shortcut to everything you need to start your Freelance Virtual Professional business from scratch. From the skills clients are looking for to what you need in a contract, this combo can springboard you into successfully having the flexibility of working from home. 

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Mom Biz Case Study: Turn Your Creative Media Skills into a Work-from-Home Business

How She Quits Show: Episode 19: Turn Creative Talents into a Work-From-Home Business

  • Do you love to make fun graphics and share them on social?
  • Are your friends in love with your Instagram feed style?

These skills can be turned into a freelance social media business you can do from home!

Whether you are new to this or have been working as a social media manager for some time and you’re looking for that next level in your business, this episode is for you.

I walk through a step-by-step case study for taking your creative social media talents and turning them into freelance income from home.

Show Highlights:

“Creative Talent will NEVER be out of work!”   

Yes.  If you have an “eye for design” and are responsive and can understand the brand of a client easily, you will never lack for freelance work.

Exactly what does a freelancer in this creative social media space do?

You may be creative, but simply don’t know all the tools.  Here’s what a beginner and advanced skillset looks like in this space:

Don’t know all these tools?

It’s all learn-able.  But creative talent typically isn’t.  So take those creative skills and trust the process of experience and practice projects as you learn tools like Canva or Hootsuite along the way.  Check out our Fast Class for Rapid Skill Learning here.

Only 2 Steps Are Required to Build This Business:


And the results…..

Not bad for flexible, quick to start work-from-home projects!

But exactly who are you working for?  I give more examples in the video but here’s a great one:

Ready to get started? Your next questions may be:

  • Where can I find those projects/clients?
  • Are my skills really good enough for this?
  • I know some of that but not all, how can I learn?
  • Do I need a website? How do I charge?

You can start looking at our free resources for finding virtual work here and our master list of legit work-from-home work options for moms here.

If you are interested in going faster and would like a step-by-step guide on how to launch a work-from-home business with your creative talents, I created that for mommas just like you!  I have complied all I know into an easy self-guided tool for taking your business idea to reality in my Starter-Kit.  


You can go EVEN faster with personalized mentoring and accountability that helps you:

  • Quickly identify your special talents that are desired in this freelance space

  • Design your freelance profile to stand out

  • Package and price your way to profit and flexibility

  • Land specific clients and projects that are the best fit for you

  • Stay motivated within a community of freelancer moms like you

You could have your freelance business up and running in just a few weeks with personalized mentoring.

Learn how here.

{I’d love to walk this journey with you and help you sidestep the landmines along the way.}

Still worried about not having the skills? Check out Verified Virtual Professional Training Center here.

Thanks for stopping by.  You clearly have a fire burning inside you and a need for change if you stopped by here today 🙂

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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Advice + Training + Networking for your VA, Professional Services or Online Course, Membership or Coaching Businesss

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.