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Once my son was born, I couldn’t bear the thought of going back to work and leaving him every day. I didn’t want to miss out on the short period of time that he was little. So, this is how I became a work-at-home mom in 5 months…

I’m in a ton of mom Facebook groups…like probably at least 10. 

Not gonna lie, my feed is pretty much just posts from those groups.

My husband gives me crap ALL THE TIME for it.

One of the most common questions I see posted in these groups is about how to make money while staying home with your kids.

Some women are already stay-at-home moms just looking for a way to make extra money.

And some are like me: They desperately want to stay home with their kids, but they can’t afford to not work.

I never really thought that I’d be in either of those groups. I wanted to make money and be successful. And I thought that I’d be bored staying home.

I was a teacher when I got pregnant with my son, so I thought I had the best of both worlds…the ability to work but still get summers and school holidays off with my kids.

But as my due date got closer and closer, I began to panic.

If my son was born on time, I’d have just seven short weeks with him before returning to work. Did you know that 25 percent of women return to work within two weeks of giving birth? That’s ridiculous!

Thankfully, he was born the day after his due date, so I got those seven weeks.

But that wasn’t enough. Do you know how fast seven weeks goes by with a newborn? And how tiny a baby still is at 7 weeks?

As the weeks flew by, my searches for ways to make money from home became more and more desperate.

I can’t tell you how many times I cried over the thought of leaving my son.

The first time I left him, to go downtown to sign paperwork for my new teaching position, I cried the entire way to the county building.

I was a mess. Thankfully I have a supportive husband who put up with all the tears.

And thankfully, he pushed me to reach out to my aunt, who works from home.

I hate asking for help, but with his convincing, I asked if she could point me in the right direction to becoming a freelance writer or virtual assistant, which is what she started out doing.

She recommended a few courses to me, as well as Upwork, which is a website where you can find virtual jobs doing a variety of different tasks.

In July, I was hired by a marketing company to write four blog posts for one of their clients. The job took me 10+ hours and I only made $100 after Upwork took out their fee.

Working occasionally for less than $10/hour obviously wasn’t going to replace a full-time teaching salary.

So my search continued.

My aunt recommended taking a course to help me get started, so I did my research and settled on Horkey Handbook’s 30 Days Or Less to Virtual Assistant Success.

A few different courses were recommended to me, but I chose Horkey Handbook because:

  1. The course is affordable. I had a new baby and I was a teacher, so I didn’t exactly have any money to burn.
  2. Gina gives you actionable steps to follow. The Internet is overwhelming. There is so much information out there about how to make money from home that you get stuck because you just don’t know where to begin. But in Gina Horkey’s course, she provides you with a step-by-step plan to follow to start your business and become successful.
  3. The VA Leads group. With the purchase of the 30DOL VA course, you also receive access to Gina’s VA Leads group. This is a really awesome, supportive community of experienced and new VAs. AND Gina and her team share leads to job openings. I actually got one of my first clients through this group.
I purchased 30-Days-Or-Less to Virtual Assistant Success on September 1, 2018.

Five months later, on February 15, 2019, was my last day teaching.

If you’re looking for a way to make money from home, quit your 9 to 5, or stay home with your babies, this is what I would do:

  1. Enroll in a course, like 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success.
  2. Start building up your savings. As a new VA, my income wasn’t always consistent month-to-month, so it was nice having money saved to get through the slow months.
  3. Reach out to everyone you know who owns a business, former employers, your social media following, etc. and let them know what you’re doing.
  4. Join the VA Leads Community (if you enroll in the Horkey Handbook course), apply to every lead you’re qualified for and take advantage of everything the group has to offer.
  5. Register your business with the state you live in.
  6. Build a website and social media pages for your business.
  7. Once you have clients, let them know that you’re looking for more work and ask if they wouldn’t mind referring you to any other business owners they know who might need a VA (this is how I’ve gotten probably 80% of my work).

Becoming a VA is NOT a get rich quick scheme but it is 100% possible to replace your current income and make even more. The demand for virtual workers is growing at an amazing speed and it’s such an awesome way for moms to contribute financially to their household while taking care of their kids (and not paying for daycare).

I know how hard it is to work full time and be a mom, and to cry all the time because you hate leaving your baby to go to work. So, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or message me on Facebook. I would love to help you spend more time with your baby! They grow up way too fast!