How I Earned an Extra $5,400 from One of My Freelance Writing Clients

A super-easy way to earn more as a freelance writer — without writing more –- is to offer complementary services like social media marketing or virtual assistance, which can range from email marketing to simple admin tasks. I’ve earned thousands of dollars over the years doing this. Here’s an example, and how you can do it too.

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How I Pitched a Blogging Client & Earned an Extra $5,400

I once had an Australian client who ordered weekly blog posts. Around that time, I had started to offer social media account management services. My thought process was, as I wrote the content, it was easy for me to distribute it for clients as well. So I pitched my social media account management services to this particular client — and she went for it! That was my first social media account. All I had to do was update their Twitter account – posting 6-8 tweets per day.

It took me a couple of hours per week to schedule a week’s worth of tweets to go out, so I didn’t even have to “touch” the account every day. Usually on Sundays is when I’d schedule the coming week’s tweets. I used SocialOomph to schedule them. Easy peezy!

The client was so pleased that after she left her company, she hired me to update her personal Twitter account for a while. But, I digress. At the time, I was only charging $297/month – which upped the invoice by about 30 percent. See?How to Easily Increase Your Freelance Writing Income

  • 5 articles/week x $35 (what I was charging for blog posts then) x 4 = $700
  • Monthly Tweeting: $297
  • Total Monthly Invoice: $997

Note: I know that there are actually 4.3 weeks in a month, but I used 4 for convenience here.

I had this client for about 18 months, which meant an extra $5,400 in my pocket from this one client alone. Now multiply this by three, four or five clients. See how much adding a complementary service can add to your bottom line as a freelancer?

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Two Ideal Services for Freelance Writers to Offer as a VA

As this post details, you can offer so many services as a virtual assistant, structuring your offerings to fit your client needs. Two services that are really hot these days are:

(i) Social media account management:  Everything from updating accounts to creating content for them; and

(ii) Newsletter & Email Marketing: Creating the content for the newsletter and/or writing auto responders. In this week’s job listings, a gig paid $8 for a 100-word email (see #20). This is the kind of gig I’m talking about.

FYI, VAClassroom has a list of over 60 services you can offer potential clients.

Why Being a Virtual Assistant Is a Hot Profession

As numerous studies the past few years have highlighted, the world is moving towards a gig-based economy.

A study by Intuit predicted that by 2020, 40 percent of American workers would be independent contractors. … That means that freelancers can select among temporary jobs and projects around the world, while employers can select the best individuals for specific projects from a larger pool than that available in any given area.

This is why sites like Fiverr and Upwork do so well. You can find a freelancer to do almost anything you want – at pretty reasonable rates. I use Fiverr all the time, especially for tech stuff, which usually gives me a headache (eg, WordPress installs, landing pages, etc.).

Via marketplaces like these, even solo and micro-businesses can afford to hire VAs and/or get one-off projects done at reasonable rates. And the work is high quality, like this landing page for my free SEO writing course. Cost: Less than $70, and it was done in less than 3 days.

This is what makes these types of sites — and services —  a win-win for all. The great thing about being a virtual assistant is you can offer as many or as few services as you like. You’re in complete control, which helps to explain why becoming a VA is one of the hottest home biz opps around these days.

How Much Do Virtual Assistants Earn?

Following is a roundup I did to give you some baseline ideas. Just know, you can tailor your services and your rates to what your clients are willing to pay. With that being said:

  • According to Gina Horkey of The Horkey Handbook fame (and who also offers an excellent “How to Become a VA” course),” the average North American virtual assistant earns $35 to $50 per hour (with some going as low as $25 per hour and others as high as $100 per hour).
  • Upwork, the largest freelance marketplace in the  world, found that freelance virtual assistants charge an average of $18-35/hour depending on skills and experience.
  • Payscale, which has compiled the largest database of individual salary info, found that the average salary of a VA was $15.57 per hour. Geographic location and tenure each impact rates, with the former having the largest influence.
  • Mega job compilation site Indeed, found that the average salary for a Virtual Assistant was $16.09/hour, based on job ads posted over a 12-month period.

As you can see, VA rates are all over the place, which tends to be true for a lot of freelance services (eg, view, and take, the freelance writing rates poll at the bottom of this page).

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VAClassroom offers a free video class that gives you a feel for what being a VA is all about before plunking down any money. Note: Registration to VAClassroom University will officially close for this year (2017) at midnight PDT this Friday, September 22. They offer a 30-day money-back guarantee if you don’t think this career option is for you.


One of the biggest hurdles many freelance writers face is finding enough work to stay busy. It’s why I’ve been a long-time advocate of income diversification (eg, I self-publish ebooks and develop e-courses).

Becoming a VA is one of the hottest home business opportunities of 2017. You simply can’t go wrong with the right training, the right services, and the right prices – all of which VAClassrom  and/or Gina Horkey’s VA training program helps you with.

Good luck if you decide to add this much-needed service to your freelance writing business.

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