“Don’t pull your sister’s hair!” I yelled back to my son who was sitting next to his sister and younger brother in the backseat.
It was Tuesday, and I had hauled my children with me to my workplace to accomplish a task deemed “busy-work” at best. You see, I was an HR specialist and every other Tuesday I was required to “look over” time sheets, a task that still went through another two sets of eyes after I was done, and really didn’t need to be completed by me. But for some reason, a co-worker insisted I had to be the first set of eyes to look it over.
No time to read?
I won’t bore you with the details, but the idea is that every other Tuesday I had to haul my three kids with me on a 20-minute drive (longer during Wisconsin winters) to spend 15 minutes reviewing time sheets in the parking lot. It wasn’t ideal to bring my children inside, and I didn’t want to drive 20 minutes back home to review just to make another trip there and back again.
So my kids and I found ourselves sitting in the parking lot every other Tuesday while mommy completed this mundane task, with moments of yelling back at my kids to be patient and not fight.
I already reduced my hours to help with childcare, but I was still juggling motherhood and work.
I thought this was it. One day to the next. One week to the next balancing work and who would watch my children. My husband had a full-time job, and we couldn’t afford daycare.
I wanted to work full time from home but didn’t know how to make that happen, but my luck was about to change.
I started a side hustle that helped supplement our income, but it still wasn’t enough. That side hustle led me to another one: becoming a virtual assistant, which grew to something so great I was able to quit my regular job in 2017! *happy dance*
No More Juggling
Not having to worry about work and daycare felt like a huge weight, I’d been carrying for years, had finally been lifted off my shoulders.
Today the majority of my income is still from my virtual assistant position. I get to send my daughter to school and spend the day with my boys. I can complete my work in between preparing meals and playing with my children.
As a virtual assistant providing valuable services, you are in control of how much and how little work you take on. You get to set your rates, determine your “work” hours, and even though you have to please clients, you are the boss of your business.
I love being in control of my schedule. I can settle my sons in for their naps and hop back on the laptop without skipping a beat.
Freelancing has opened up other opportunities and allowed me to unleash my creativity. I started this blog which led to my never-ending obsession with Pinterest.
You see, I get the majority of my traffic from Pinterest. It’s the ideal platform for busy creatives. The key word there is “busy.” Entrepreneurs, like myself, who rely on Pinterest for the majority of our traffic don’t have time to dedicate consistent activity or sometimes any activity on Pinterest. Pinterest likes when you use their platform consistently. They reward you with good traffic.
Even regular businesses who market online could still use the help of Pinterest VAs.
Pinterest Virtual Assistant Mini Course
When moms ask me how I’m able to work at home, I love telling them about virtual assistance. But I know a significant obstacle in getting started as a VA is deciding what skills to offer. You could take an inventory of your skills and offer general VA services charging general lower rates working your way to higher rates down the road…
You could hit the ground running by niching down and learning skills you know are in demand and would command higher rates. The skills I’m talking about are ones offered by Pinterest virtual assistants.
The riches are in the niches.
Work-at-home success is all about using skills to solve problems and getting paid. Simple as that.
That’s why I created this mini course to show moms what it takes to create a thriving Pinterest VA biz.
This free mini course is for my fellow moms who’ve asked…
“Maia, how do I get started working from home?”
“How can I get started in the VA field?”
“What sort of services can I offer as a virtual assistant?”
“How much money can I make?”
“Who’s going to pay for my VA services?
If this is you, click the image to learn the deets and get started on creating a business and life that gives you the freedom you deserve!
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