The great thing about virtual assisting is that anyone can do it. Many of my students in my $10K VA program are mothers, side hustlers, and even learning how to be a VA while in college! Everyone comes from different walks of life, and Ashley is no different.
She’s becoming a VA after years of owning her own businesses, and she shows that it’s never too late to start a new career path, especially if you’re becoming a virtual assistant.
Here’s my interview with Ashley.
Hi, Ashley! To start off, tell us a bit about you.
Hey there! My name is Ashley. I am a wife and mama to two young boys.
During the summertime, we love to be outdoors. On the weekends, sometimes we’ll pack the kids up and we’ll go for a hike.
I love watching movies and my husband and I are big board gaming enthusiasts, and I’m not talking Monopoly or Uno. I’m talking about what most would consider specialty games. Our current favorites are Splendor, Five Tribes, and Camel Up.
I’m an entrepreneur by heart. I was a massage therapist for 11 years and in that time I moved and essentially started over 3 times. Each time I started up fresh and built a new business from the ground up.
I’ve started several businesses over the last several years. Some of them have stuck longer than others, anywhere from 4 months to 4 years.
Have you had any struggles with starting your business?
Back in 2013, a friend of mine asked if I’d help him with his social media. My husband and I ended up moving away, but I was still able to assist him with his social media virtually.
I did this for 3 years not realizing that there was actually a title and business market associated with it.
The main thing I struggled with when I was getting started on my VA business was feeling like I knew enough to jump in and help someone to run their business.
I lacked the confidence that I felt like I needed in order to give someone else confidence enough in me to help them. Looking back I realize that this is completely normal, at least for me, when starting a business.
I know that starting out I don’t have the experience that others have. With the VA niche, I was able to overcome that through determination.
I wanted to work online, from home, so much that every time I found something that I hadn’t heard of or that I didn’t understand, I researched it online. In some cases I also took additional courses, paid or free, which allowed me to grow my knowledge and as a consequence my confidence.
How did $10K VA help you and your business or side hustle?
Of the businesses I’ve started, this is by far the best! I can confidently say that for several reasons.
First off, the start-up costs are next to nothing! No product on shelves, no monthly rent charges, no cleaning products, and no long-term asymmetrical contracts!
After scouring the internet for something that I could do online from home, I found Kayla’s course. It was the absolute best startup investment that I could have made.
Another nice thing for me was the fact that I had already done something very similar with my friend years ago, but Kayla’s course still gave me all the missing pieces I needed to make it a true business.
What lessons have you learned and how did you use them to your advantage?
A couple things that I’ve learned throughout the process of becoming a Virtual Assistant are:
- First, just jump in. You may be nervous, but everyone has to start somewhere.
- Second, is to just be honest. If your client or potential client wants you to do something for them that you don’t know how to do, just be honest and let them know that you don’t know how to do it. If it’s something that you are interested in learning how to do, then tell them that you’d be happy to learn.
Not knowing something isn’t going to necessarily mean you aren’t going to be able to work with the potential client. If it’s a client that you already have they much prefer the honesty to anything else. Then you both know where you stand and can more easily find the best path forward for both you and your client.
What was the biggest thing you learned that you want to share with others?
It is hard at first to tell a client, “I don’t know how to do that” or “I don’t have any experience in such-and-such area,” but I know from experience with clients and potential clients, that those conversations help foster a relationship of trust.
This is absolutely necessary because of all of the information and access that they need you to have to support and grow their business.
Would you recommend $10K VA to others who are just getting started?
I would absolutely recommend $10K VA to others. This is a great starting point for those who are very new to this type of work.
This is also a great course for those, like myself, who were once a Virtual Assistant but didn’t know it at the time. There were some things that I knew already when going through the course and other things that were extremely valuable when getting started after the course.
I would also highly suggest purchasing the Pro version of the course. It includes access to an extra Facebook group where Kayla posts job leads. This has been priceless for my business!
After purchasing the course, I got my first client from the leads that she puts into the Facebook group only a few weeks later.
Not only is that client still with me today, but I have also pitched my services to numerous other clients that were shared in this group and I’ve gained three additional clients.
THAT’S ALL FROM THIS GROUP! It has more than paid for the additional cost of buying the Pro level of $10K VA!
What are your goals for your business?
Financially, I’m exactly where I want to be at the moment, and better off than I thought I would be only months after entering the field. I have the perfect number of clients for the amount of work I’d like to put in.
I love the freedom that Virtual Assisting allows me. If at any time, I think I’d like more or fewer hours, I would just simply adjust my workload.
Gone are the days of asking for a raise or needing my time off to be approved!
Where can people find you if they want to connect?
If you’re thinking about going through the course but just aren’t sure, feel free to reach out to me via email at [email protected]. My website is still a work-in-progress, but you can pop on over to AshleyNicoleVA.com to check it out.
I have finally found something I love doing and I want to tell the world about it. If you’re anything like me, you’ll love this work!
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