A 23-year-old woman has sparked the interest of social media users with a video explaining how she earns $9,000 a month from the comfort of her own home.
Jessica Ward, a North Carolina native who currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, Colin, shared a glimpse of her life as a virtual assistant (VA) on TikTok earlier this month.
In the video, which has since been viewed over 100,000 times, Ward explains how she’s able to kill while working for herself and creating her own daily schedule – without having a college degree.
Ward told In The Know that she first became interested in the prospect of virtual assistance after exploring a few career paths that just didn’t suit her.
“I’ve had a job since I was 16,” she said. “I was a shift manager in a clothing store, a bartender, a dog walker and finally a chiropractic assistant for 4 years. I attended nursing school for two years before deciding it just wasn’t for me.
After finding out about the virtual assistant job through a friend, Ward said she, like many others who saw her go viral, thought it might be too good to be true. . (“Isn’t it… a pyramid scheme,” one user commented on his clip.)
But, seeing that she was working more than 50 hours a week at the time in a job she didn’t like, Ward decided to give it a shot.
She hired her first business coach in April 2020 and dedicated her Instagram to promoting her personal VA business soon after. Within two months of networking on social media, her services were fully booked.
Now, Ward’s daily work schedule consists of a bit of everything, which she says makes her life interesting and her skills expanding.
“The fun thing about being a virtual assistant is that my job is different every day,” she told In The Know. “Some common tasks I take on for people include Pinterest management, social media management, email marketing and e-commerce support. But these tasks are different all the time, so some days , you can find me creating web pages and doing graphic design as well.
For those worried about not having the skills to handle such varied assignments, Ward says one of the best things about working as a VA is that you’re constantly learning on the job.
“I wasn’t expert at any of these tasks when I started,” she revealed. “I learned everything as I went along. The beauty of 2020 is that we have so much information at our fingertips. You can learn a new skill or troubleshoot a program in 15 minutes to 1 hour.
Of course, as with any job, being a virtual assistant isn’t all that fun — but for the most part, Ward says the career change was definitely worth it.
“Being your own boss has its downsides, it’s easy to compare yourself to others and it can be difficult to manage your time,” Ward explained. “But, the pros always outweigh the cons. I can travel, sleep (I never realized how much I enjoyed it until I woke up at 6 a.m. for four years straight), choose my own salary, and help people develop their business every day. The possibilities are endless when you start living for yourself.
If you’re looking to take the plunge and launch your own VA career, Ward says the first step is to simply dive in — she’s even put together a guide on how to do it.
“We are so afraid of new things that it can push us to always stay in our comfort zone,” she shared. “I would rather look back on my life and be happy that I achieved my dreams even though I failed than look back and regret not starting. I was able to build a business during a global pandemic that is on track to bring in six figures in its first year.
“If you want to go to college and work from 9am to 5pm, then go for it!” she added. “But if you dream of working for yourself and having that freedom, don’t let the pressure of what other people are doing hold you back.”
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