We’re back with 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 Gina’s 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.
I reached out to this week’s guest, Jenny Weg, after she posted an encouraging update in the private Facebook group. Jenny has a day job, in addition to being a mom and a part-time virtual assistant. Oh, and she’s also working on the family farm.
Here’s what motivates Jenny and how she makes it all work.
Name: Jenny Weg
Course enrollment date: June 23, 2017
Business launch date: July 3, 2017
Date hired by first client: July 14, 2017
Hours worked per week: 20
Average monthly income: $2,500
Top three services: Social media management, Email management, Newsletter creation
Hi, Jenny. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a midwestern wife, mom, and blogger. My husband and I have been married for two and a half years and we have a four-month old daughter, Addison. We are part of a family farm, and have a small herd of breeding cattle. We are very grounded in our faith, and enjoy spending time together as a family, traveling whenever time allows, and watching reruns of Friends.
Can you tell us about your business?
I am a virtual assistant for two online entrepreneurs and one online boutique. I offer social media management and email management for my clients.
How did you decide to start working online?
I decided to become a virtual assistant because I was looking for an additional stream of income that offered flexibility for my family. I also wanted to have the option to be a work-from-home mom someday.
And how long did it take you to earn your course investment back?
I made back the money in the first two weeks with my first client.
What was your biggest fear before you started your business?
My biggest fear was not being able to find clients. I had done some occasional freelance work in the past, but I hadn’t ever pursued having a full-time client roster.
The most challenging thing for me when I started was finding time to complete the course and then eventually finding time to work for my clients.
I still work full time outside of the home, and I have a daughter to take care of, as well as helping with our farming operation.
How did you overcome this challenge?
I had to prioritize my time. I started waking up a couple of hours earlier in the morning, fully using my lunch hour at work, and skipping TV in the evenings. I also would put in at least an hour of work after my daughter went to bed in the evenings.
What has been your biggest success since you’ve started?
While taking the course, I set 1, 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 month goals.
I have hit every benchmark that I have set so far, and I’m on track to continue hitting the benchmarks I’ve set in the future. Of those goals, the biggest one that I set was paying off all of our debt (excluding our mortgage, that’s next on the list.
And last month, I submitted the final payment on our final student loan.
Can you tell us about your highest paying project?
I don’t work on a per project basis, but my highest paying client is $1,300 a month.
I’m currently working on daily/weekly tasks for my clients. This includes posting schedules, creating newsletters, replying to daily emails, and creating content for their platforms.
What are you looking forward to most over the next 12 months?
Over the next 12 months, I am looking forward to adding one or two more clients. We have also set a goal as a family to purchase a new vehicle this summer with cash, so I’m excited for that as well!
Thank you for taking the time to share you Success Story, Jenny!