- Jessica Hawks quit a nine-to-five to become a virtual assistant, managing tasks for businesses.
- Five months later, she had quadrupled her monthly income and was considering scaling up further.
- Here’s how Hawks spends her day, including sleeping, recording podcasts and hanging out with friends.
Jessica Hawks had an atypical childhood. She attended middle school and high school online and graduated at age 16. With family struggles and life changes at the forefront of her mind, she never imagined a specific future for herself.
“I didn’t think about what I was going to do when I was older,” Hawks said, adding that some of her choices included working for the family business or enrolling in college. She started working as a chiropractic assistant, but since she didn’t have a college degree, she felt she had no way to ask for a higher salary. She decided to go back to school, but two years in nursing school didn’t suit her either.
She wanted a job that would give her flexibility and allow her to create her own schedule and focus on herself. When a friend who worked as a virtual assistant for wedding photographers explained her job, Hawks saw an opportunity.
“It was the first time I really heard about this career path,” Hawks said. “I thought to myself, oh my God, this is exactly what I was looking for.”
Hawks created its business profile in March 2020 and has focused on honing its creativity, marketing itself, and fearlessly pursuing customers. By August, Hawks had seven regular clients and earned $9,000 a month as a virtual assistant, quadrupling her salary as a full-time employee. In 2008, there were only 25,000 active virtual assistants worldwide, according to virtual assistant company MyOutDesk. Today, 1 million people work as virtual assistants, but this number is expected to at least double in the next few years.
After sharing her story on social media, Hawks was inundated with requests to help other aspiring virtual assistants and business owners get started on their own. By December 2020, Hawks had officially transitioned all of its virtual assistant clients to other assistants and started coaching and creating content full-time. Now she leads several master classes and hosts a podcast, which launched on October 18. Since March 2020, his virtual assistant and coaching company has seen more than $1.1 million in sales, according to documents verified by Insider.
The virtual assistant industry is ‘booming’, thanks in part to the flexible hours it offers workers and the ability to earn an average of $2,000 to $5,000 a month, according to a recent report from the American Association of Virtual Assistants.
Now able to travel, take long weekends and work whatever hours she deems necessary, Hawks says her personalized schedule is what has allowed her to thrive. Here’s how Hawks spends each day.