Welcome to another Student Success Story here at Horkey HandBook! In this post we’re introducing Kathi Shepard, her journey of turning an existing skillset into a thriving business is super inspiring!
Kathi said so long to the burnout she was experiencing in her career and decided to build something that works for her and her family – on her terms. She’s putting her education and skills to excellent use and loves what she does!
Name: Kathi Shepard
Short bio: Retired RN, Retired Administrative Assistant, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, now SAHM and homeschooler to a 13-year old son.
Location: Conroe, Texas (USA)
Date hired by the first client: January 10, 2018
Return on investment: May 2018
Average hours worked per week: 16
Average monthly income: $1,600
Services offered: email and schedule management
Hi, Kathi. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m 55 and have worked since I was 15. This business is my first attempt at working for myself, and I love it! I just signed on a second retainer client, which has doubled my workload and my income!
How did you decide to start a virtual assistant business?
I quit my admin job in 2016 to start a nutritional therapy practice, but couldn’t make myself take the plunge. I knew I needed to do something to bring in an income again and began Googling jobs that I could do from home.
When virtual assistant work popped up, I went down the rabbit hole and found Gina’s course! Once I started working with my first client, I knew it was what I needed to be doing!