Earn a Great Income While You Travel the Globe
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
- 12 Modules as listed above
- Facebook group – private access
Same deal as the $99 package in addition to…
- 25 training materials and templates
- Template for the independent contractor agreement with additional tutorial
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.