Student Success Story: Rachel Severns

Today we have another post in the Student Success Stories series. 

Why are we doing this? Glad you asked!

It’s because we want to feature people who took the 30 Days or Less courses and actually got serious about working on their freelance career. Every story in the series is a little bit different from the others. That’s because they’re real journeys, and everyone is on a different path.

This week we’re featuring Rachel Severns, a virtual assistant and email manager extraordinaire. We’ve had Rachel guest post on Horkey HandBook before, and her tips about managing emails actually landed multiple clients. In fact, four clients found her as a result of a guest post on this blog.

Here’s Rachel’s success story!

Name: Rachel Severns

Website: Virtually Done by Rachel

Course enrollment date: August 2016

Started business in: October 2016

Got first client on: October 24, 2016

Hours working per week: 10-15

Top niches: Email management and customer service. Entrepreneurs who have had some success, but now feel they are struggling as a result. My passion lies in helping people bridge the gap between struggling success and their vision of ongoing success.

Hi, Rachel! Tell us a bit about yourself.

In my teens and twenties I traveled all over the world and couldn’t get enough. In my mid-twenties, I married a military man and we “settled down” which actually only meant we slowed down on the traveling abroad.

We have been lucky enough to live and travel all over the United States because the military never seems to move us short distances.

During those years, I worked as a bank teller in a credit union, mortgage processor through the low real estate rate boom of the early 2000s and an assistant in a financial advisor’s office. I learned a lot about the professional world – some things I liked and some that I didn’t like so much.

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Freelancer Spotlight on Horkey Handbook_ Emily Belyea

Freelancer Spotlight: Emily Belyea

When we were drafting a new list of people to feature in the Freelancer Spotlight series, Gina suggested we should feature Emily.

The two of them had been working together as part of Brennan Dunn’s Double Your Freelancing program, and Gina was sure that Emily would have great insights on life as a solopreneur.

And Emily delivered plenty of gems with honesty and humor.

Welcome to Horkey Handbook, Emily!

What do you do and how long have you been in business?

I am a web designer and brand strategist for women entrepreneurs and fashion designers. I just celebrated my 6th anniversary of being a freelancer! The past two and a half of those years have been full time.

The first three years were spent doing the freelancer dance – working other odd jobs to help get my business off the ground and even freelancing alongside a full time marketing job for a year. It sounds exhausting, but it was such a necessary part of understanding how important it was that I work for myself.

What got you into freelancing? Was it what you expected?

I decided to become a web designer when I arrived home from a year-long backpacking trip around Australia. I was 24 years old and had just experienced remote living for the first time. I knew then and there that it was a lifestyle I wanted to pursue.

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