Today, I am proud to say that I did something crazy. Most people wouldn't call it crazy, but then again, most people don't work 90% from home or while traveling while also raising a family, so for an outsider looking in, all you can really see is crazy.
You see, for the past few months, I've been making my way mainly by working as an Online Business Manager and a Virtual Assistant for others. People ask me all the time how I got into this because as they see it, I'm basically getting paid to play on the computer and social media, which is partly true. What they don't see is all the hard work I put into networking, or how I virtually become my client's newest BFF so that when I write their social media statuses or their newsletter or any other correspondence they may want me to send out on their behalf it reads and sounds as if my client wrote it.
And that's okay, because there are a ton of perks to my job too, like the fact that I get to spend more time with all of my kids now than I ever have while holding down a job and I'm making more money than I ever have while doing it. For once in my life, I'm doing exactly what I've always wanted to do since the dawn of the internet and social media - I'm getting paid to virtually communicate with others. (And it rules!)
Of course, while I find myself juggling a part-time job at a local non-profit, my OBM/VA work, and my family, I've had to make the hardest decision of my career.
I decided to list my rates on my website.
I know what some of you are thinking...
Are you serious, Tara? That's what this is all about?
Before I made the decision, I was hesitant. What if my current clients saw this and realized they may have an increase at some point? What if this drove people away from working with me? What if someone didn't like me, as a woman, being so forward?
And then I realized, well of course my current clients will be able to see the writing on the wall, but at the same time, this is business. Some people in business believe that current clients should always expect an increase - I know some businesses that assess their rates as much as every quarter or every year. And if you look at companies like Mylan or even a place like Target, you'll know I'm right.
(But don't worry friends, I have a plan and intend to reward current clients for their loyalty and dedication to working with me - keep an eye on your inbox in the coming weeks, but know that an increase for current clients will not be implemented until 2017.)
Of course, this will drive some people away from working with me. Some people are not able or have no desire to spend more than $10/hour on VAs or OBMs. And that's okay! There are places for them - Strawberry Social for instance has a $35/mo plan that gives them access to a social media dashboard so they can learn how to plan and schedule their own social media the same way a VA would for them. They also have package deals for them, which are pretty affordable! There is also no shortage of VAs just starting out, and those people typically have less expensive rates than someone like me with years of related experience and awesome bylines under my belt.
Of course, being so forward about my own rates will also drive people to want to work with me. As a woman, it is so empowering when I see another woman out there that knows exactly what she wants and isn't afraid to go get it!
To be honest, I don't understand why people would be turned off by go-getters and forward-thinkers but one realization brought me to peace about it when it came to listing my rates: Chances are, by doing so, I won't have to work with them.
Pretty sweet deal, right? :)
Do you want to work with me? Check out my rates ----> Work With Me.