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As a stay-at-home mom who also homeschools, I’ve had a few people ask me why I became a virtual assistant. Usually, they are people who only know half of my story — the homeschooling mom half.
The majority of homeschooling moms who start a home business get into the direct selling industry, otherwise known as home party programs. They sell children’s books/toys, oils, jewelry, kitchen containers, makeup, and a plethora of other items of interest to women.
(And, really . . . who doesn’t enjoy a good party?!)
Then there are others who open home daycares, and still others who make handmade items to sell. A few even get part-time jobs in retail and work evenings while their husband is home with the children.
Been There, Done That
I’ve tried my hand at direct selling (three different companies!), worked in retail, and attempted to sell my handmade items. From these jobs, I’ve learned that I am not a salesperson.
At one time I had a home daycare. It was a good job when I was younger, but it’s not something I could do now.
In all honesty, at this time I cannot work outside of my home, so most of the ‘regular’ jobs that moms have are not something I can do.
Using My Natural Gifts
A few years ago our church offered a class which included a workbook to assist members in finding out what their spiritual gifts are. I’m no stranger to these types of tests.
Matter of fact, I love to take them! (If anyone is curious, my Myers–Briggs score is INFJ. Are you surprised?)
But, I digress . . .
The workbook from church showed I worked well with administrative tasks. A few months later I was asked to do volunteer work as an admin assistant for one of our pastors. I jumped at the chance!
“My Job is to Make You Look Good”
Being an admin assistant was a great fit for me. It gave me the direction I needed (working for someone else) while still allowing me the freedom to complete the job creatively.
Every Monday, I spent 15 minutes meeting with my boss to find out what needed to be completed that week.
Other than those 15-minute meetings, I was generally on my own. Since I only worked two hours twice a week, I learned to be efficient.
I adopted the personal motto of, “My job is to make you look good.”
Then one day life took a turn, and it’s been spinning like a top ever since!
As a Caregiver, I Need to Be Home
We now have a few more bills that need to get paid each year. While my husband’s income covers them, it doesn’t leave much extra for road trips, which we both enjoy and don’t want to give up. Family is important to us, and if they can’t come to us, we’ll go to them!
As I researched the idea of freelance writing again (some of you may remember that I’ve been writing for over 20 years), I came across the idea of monetizing my blog.
Score! Someone was actually willing to teach me how to make an honest living doing this!
The cost was about the same as a college class. Rather than dip into our current funds, I decided to hire myself out as an editor/proofreader to earn the cost of the blogging course.
And then I came across the idea of being a virtual assistant.
I Can Do That — I Have the Skills
This course was much more affordable, so I sent off the money to learn about being a VA.
I continued to work as an editor while I learned about the ins-and-outs of being a VA. Soon I was working as a VA more than I was working as an editor.
To expand my skills, I bought a course about Pinterest. And since then, the author of the Pinterest course has teamed up with the author of the VA course to create the Become a Pinterest VA course. (The cart for this course will only be open for a limited time — Sept. 8th through 11th. If you get on the waitlist, there may be a bonus offer — but I can’t make any promises as I’m not the course creators. Just, go! Sign up!)
(Enrollment in Become a Pinterest VA Today! is only open a few times a year. If you are reading this post during a "closed" time, the link will take you to a wait list, which you can join. Being on the wait list means you'll get timely updates letting you know exactly when the cart will be open once again. Rumor has it, the next time it will be open is in November.)
Pinterest is Still on the Rise
When small businesses and solopreneurs think of hiring a VA, they don’t often consider the skills needed for Pinterest (unless that’s what they’re hiring for) — mainly because they aren’t thinking about using Pinterest from a marketing standpoint.
But, there is so much you can do with Pinterest! Having the skills to use Pinterest properly will make you an asset to anyone who hires you.
If you need convincing that there are opportunities out there, here’s a Facebook video about the need for Pinterest VA’s.
Why I Became a Virtual Assistant, and Where I’m Going From Here
So, here’s a quick recap:
- Last year I learned about being a VA
- Early this year I learned about monetizing my blog
- Right now I’m learning about leveraging Pinterest
- Next year I plan to dig into the SEO side of things
If you’re new to working online, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It’s the key to getting people to find your site online.
I plan to continue making my clients (and you!) look good while working from home.
Want to Join Me?
If you’re looking for some accountability while you begin your new job and new happily-ever-after, I’d love to partner with you. Simply hop on my mailing list, and each week I’ll check in with you to talk about what I’ve learned, what I’m doing, and what I hope to accomplish.
And I would love to have you reply to that weekly email and let me know what you’re doing and how I can help you!