23
Jun-2016

How to Earn a Great Income While You Travel the World

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  • How to Live Abroad and Make Money Online

Earn a Great Income While You Travel the Globe

 

How to Earn a Great income While Traveling the World

 

 

Today, I thought I would discuss something different

You see, as I’ve mentioned previously, I’ve been making my own living whilst resident in various Asian countries over the previous eight-year period.

 

I decided, at the ripe old age of 38, that I’d had quite enough of the United Kingdom and wanted something very alternative. The sense of adventure had finally kicked in. The sense for turning my back on the past was also very strong – exceptionally strong.

 

A bit of a mid-lifer going on there, I guess you could say. But that came about as the result of a few tumultuous years where I’d survived the breakdown of a marriage, a bankruptcy, the loss of my driving license, and thus, the knock-on effect of also losing my source of income – I was self-employed in landscaping back then.

 

I turned to relying on alcohol to get me through the months Though, simultaneously, I managed to keep enough focus (at least occasionally), irrespective of the cumulative effects of alcohol-overkill, to the point that I finally figured out a way to achieve my dream for “escape.”

 

Moving on, what this meant was that I was forced to try my hand at numerous and variable business ventures, inclusive of utilizing my skills in writing the English language, teaching the English language, proofreading the English language, i.e. proofing courtroom transcripts, and a bunch of other income-generating pursuits, some of which have been successful, many of which have been anything but.

 

And over the years, I’ve invested in many online courses to learn income-generating skills that have paid my way and also served, and continue to serve, to support my family in the Philippines.

 

How to Live Abroad and Make Money Online

 

 

So, today, I wish to focus on reviewing a “service product” which was carefully and loving created by Gina Horkey.

 

Who’s Gina Horkey, you might be wondering?

 

Well, while being a mom of two young kids, she’s managed to generate a hugely substantial income over the past… over the past 18 months or so, if my memory serves me well enough.

 

And based on her own colossal success, she now offers two courses whereby you (and me) can emulate what she’s managed to achieve; namely making her income from high-end writing and from high-end virtual assistance.

 

Gina earns around $20,000-$25,000 per month, albeit, not all of that comes from her writing skills. Nor does it all arise from her virtual assistant (VA) work either. But since I invested 400 bucks in her VA course, I figured that it would be pertinent to discuss that here.

 

 

 

Review of Gina Horkey’s VA Course

 

In my mind, the key question to ask whenever anyone is writing up a review about a product or service is: DOES IT WORK?

Will the information in the course help to generate a good income?

 

The answer to that quite often depends on yourself. Your motivation for success; your capacity to deal with the knocks that arise along the way when you’re starting out and there are countless hurdles in the way prior to any opportunity for success to really strike home.

 

Fact is, if you don’t have the motive, or you find it very difficult to deal with the early frustrations once you graduate from this type of course, then I’d say it’s not worth your investment. Stick, instead, with your day job, since that’s safe and secure.

 

Have I myself found success as a VA?

 

Not exactly. I completed Gina’s 12-module course some months ago, at the time of writing, and I don’t have any clients that I provide a virtual assistance service for.

 

But there’s reasoning behind that circumstance.

 

Although my original intent was to focus a large effort on client accumulation, my original intent has now altered.

 

That’s not to say what you’ll learn from the course is not plenty to give you enough scope to break into the world of the high-end VA.

 

Potential earnings for this type of work average around USD$45 per hour (unless you’re advertising on the likes of Fiverr or Upwork), where some folks are commanding upwards of USD$100 per hour, depending on their skill set and their capacity for putting themselves out there in a confident manner.

 

 

 

What’s the Content of Gina’s VA Course?

 

Here’s the curricula:

 

Module 1: Virtual Assistant Foundation

 

Lesson 1: Mindset

 

Lesson 2: What a Virtual Assistant Does

 

Lesson 3: How to be an Excellent VA

 

Lesson 4: Clients’ Perspective of the Benefits of Hiring a VA

 

Lesson 5: Reasons to Become a VA

 

Module Checklist

 

Module Quiz

 

Enhanced Training: Brennan Dunn Video Interview

 

 

 

Module 2: How to Launch Your VA Business

 

Lesson 1: Niche Selection

 

Lesson 2: Understanding Target Market

 

Lesson 3: Services a VA can Offer (Over 125 of Them)

 

Lesson 4: Selecting a Title for Your Business

 

Lesson 5: Putting Together a Suitable Resume

 

Module Checklist

 

Module Quiz

 

Enhanced Training: Building a Client Profile

 

 

 

Module 3: Principles of Email Management

 

Lesson 1: What Email Management Actually Is

 

Lesson 2: Clients Inbox Management Options

 

Lesson 3: Establishing Email Folders

 

Lesson 4: Beneficial Google Tools

 

Module Checklist

 

Module Quiz

 

Enhanced Training: Scheduling Online

 

Enhanced Training: Google Tools Suite for the VA

 

 

 

Module 4: Principles of Social Media Management

 

Lesson 1: Social Media Management – What it Entails

 

Lesson 2: Scheduling Tools for Social Media

 

Lesson 3: Practical Social Media Management

 

Lesson 4: Social Media Services Pricing Strategy – hourly or per post

 

Module Checklist

 

Module Quiz

 

Enhanced Training: Guide to Using Buffer

 

Enhanced Training: Guide to Using Tailwind

 

 

 

Module 5: Principles of Content Management

 

Lesson 1: What Content Management is

 

Lesson 2: Formatting of Blog Posts

 

Lesson 3: Using Trello to Keep Things Organized

 

Module Checklist

 

Module Quiz

 

Enhanced Training: Tutorial on Using WordPress

 

Enhanced Training: Creating Graphics for Blog Posts

 

Enhanced Training: Starting with Trello

 

 

 

Module 6: Principles Associated with Money

 

Lesson 1: Calculating an Hourly Rate

 

Lesson 2: Transitioning from Hourly Rate

 

Lesson 3: Establishing an EIN and a Business Checking Account

 

Lesson 4: Automatic Payments

 

Lesson 5: How to Offer Packages to Clients

 

Module Checklist

 

Module Quiz

 

Enhanced Training: Rate Calculator

 

Enhanced Training: Template for Business

 

 

 

Module 7: VA Online Presence

 

Lesson 1: Web Presence Options

 

Lesson 2: Designing a Website to Establish on Online Presence for Your Business

 

Lesson 3: Is a Blog Necessary?

 

Lesson 4: What Is and Where to Position an Opt-in Box

 

Lesson 5: Testimonials Acquisition

 

Module Checklist

 

Module Quiz

 

Enhanced Training: Checklist for Your VA Business Website

 

Enhanced Training: Installation of an Opt-in Box

 

Enhanced Training: Checklist for Hire Me Page

 

Enhanced Training: Video Script for Hire Me Page

 

 

 

Module 8: VA Client Sourcing

 

Lesson 1: Assessing Your Natural Market

 

Lesson 2: Using Social Media for Client Sourcing

 

Lesson 3: Blogging and Blog Guest Posting

 

Lesson 4: Principles for Handling Your Own E-mail Inbox

 

Lesson 5: Networking in-Person

 

Lesson 6: Getting Referrals

 

Lesson 7: Utilizing Job Boards and/or VA Service Companies

 

Module Checklist

 

Module Quiz

 

Enhanced Training: Template for a 3-Month Marketing Plan

 

Enhanced Training: Successful VA Case Studies

 

 

 

Module 9: Principles for Pitching

 

Lesson 1: Template for Making the Pitch

 

Lesson 2: How to Successfully Cold Pitching

 

Lesson 3: Tips for Successful Pitching

 

Module Checklist

 

Module Quiz

 

Enhanced Training: Template for Following up by E-mail

 

Enhanced Training: Quote Template

 

Enhanced Training: Tracking Your Pitches

 

 

 

Module 10: Interviews and Being Hired

 

Lesson 1: Interviews

 

Lesson 2: Tips for Better Interview Technique

 

Lesson 3: The Follow-up

 

Module Checklist

 

Module Quiz

 

Enhanced Training: E-mail Template for Interview Booking

 

Enhanced Training: E-mail Template for an Interview Follow-up

 

 

 

Module 11: Business Contracts Et Cetera

 

Lesson 1: Why You Should Utilize Contracts

 

Lesson 2: Onboarding New Clients

 

Lesson 3: How to Break up with a Client

 

Module Checklist

 

Module Quiz

 

Enhanced Training: Intake Form for New Clients

 

Enhanced Training: Exit Form for Departing Clients

 

Enhanced Training: Independent Contractor Agreement (with tutorial)

 

 

 

Module 12: Establishing Business Relationships

 

Lesson 1: Implementing a Trial Period to Begin

 

Lesson 2: Understanding Your Client

 

Lesson 3: The Weekly Call – Benefits

 

Lesson 4: Continual Learning

 

Lesson 5: Feedback and Dealing with Mistakes

 

Lesson 6: Dealing with Scope Creep

 

Lesson 7: Task Batching

 

Module Checklist

 

Module Quiz

 

Enhanced Training: Maintaining a Balance Between Work and Life

 

Enhanced Training: Automating Your Business

 

 

Course Conclusion and Final Exam

 

 

 

 

The course is self-paced, meaning that you work on it whenever you have the time available. Plus, you’ll receive access to every future update, free of charge.

 

What about the cost of it?

 

As I mentioned, I paid $400, but for that price you get top-of-the range service. There are a further two price options – $99 and $199.

 

Here’s the breakdown of the different course price points:

 

 

$99 Package

  • 12 Modules as listed above
  • Facebook group – private access

 

$199 Package

Same deal as the $99 package in addition to…

  • 25 training materials and templates
  • Template for the independent contractor agreement with additional tutorial

 

$399 Package

Same deal as the $199 package, plus…

  • Review of your “hire me” webpage with feedback from Gina
  • One-on-one coaching session (30 mins) with Gina
  • Access to VAMatchmaking service
  • Course certification

 

 

 

So, there you go. That’s the rundown for Gina’s VA course. And, again, all the nuts and bolts are here – included in the course, plus a lot more besides. It’s down to you to pull everything together in order to become successful in the pursuit of becoming a virtual assistant.

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