19: How to Start a Part-Time Virtual Assistant Business, with Lee Drozak

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In Episode 19 of The Side Hustle Show, Lee Drozak from shares how she got started as a virtual assistant and how you can do the same. We talk setting up shop, getting your first clients, setting your prices, establishing a niche, and more.

Quick background on this side hustle if you’re not familiar — a virtual assistant is not Siri, despite how much Apple wants to hijack the term, it’s a real-live person that works for you remotely as an independent contractor. This is a huge industry overseas in countries like India and the Philippines, with giant call centers staffed with low-cost workers.

But you might be surprised to learn there is a thriving VA industry right here at home, and many VAs are side hustlers like you, or started their business as a side hustle.

And we’re not talking about a race to the bottom on price either. According to a recent survey, nearly 90% of VAs charge $20/hr or more, and nearly 60% charge $30/hr or more.

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In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • The “eureka” moment of working from home.
  • How Lee got her first clients.
  • How to get paid what you’re worth.
  • How to determine which virtual assistant tasks you love and should build your business around.
  • Why industry certifications might be overrated.
  • The best free resource for aspiring virtual assistants.
  • Lee’s #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.

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You can connect with Lee on her site, as well as on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

What do you think of virtual assisting as a side hustle? Pretty basic, right? Identify your skills and find someone who’ll pay for them. Kind of like a real job except you can do it from anywhere.

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Nick Loper is a side hustle expert who loves helping people earn more money and start businesses they care about. He hosts the award-winning Side Hustle Show, where he's interviewed over 500 successful entrepreneurs, and is the bestselling author of Buy Buttons, The Side Hustle, and $1,000 100 Ways.

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2 thoughts on “19: How to Start a Part-Time Virtual Assistant Business, with Lee Drozak”

  1. I’m new to the VA business and currently doing all the ground work before I start. Thank you so much for this podcast – it was great hearing from Lee. A lot of people I have been in touch with seem to have a similar back story which is encouraging when you are just starting out. I’m hoping all my research will help me start from a better place and thanks to people like Lee who advise on the mistakes that they made so we can move forward as an industry together.


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