How I’ve Gone From Underpaid VA to Digital Unicorn #102 

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When I started freelancing in 2009 I was charging $10 an hour. I didn’t know any better and I didn’t have any mentors to advise me.

I’m not proud of that wage, but over time things changed. Now I’m charging my worth while I work with the clients I love. In this episode I’ll tell you how I went from an underpaid VA to a digital unicorn, and how you can avoid that same pitfall.

I started working online after leaving my dream job and having my first child. We moved a lot due to my husband’s military career, and I knew I needed something that I could do from home and take with me. 

I started working with a small business owner, remotely helping them with their presence online. I enjoyed the work and started taking on more clients. I became that accidental freelancer who realizes, this is a real job that can pay well.  

Since I didn’t have anyone to ask questions or guide me, I just figured it out along the way…hence the low beginning prices. I’m not gonna lie. It was tough at first. If I had had someone whispering in my ear, “do it this way, Emily,” I would have raised my prices long, long ago as my confidence and skillset grew. 

But that’s okay. The whole experience got me to where I’m today. And now I’m sharing what steps you’ll want to take to avoid my mistakes. I want you armed with the knowledge so you can have a profitable business much sooner.

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Emily Reagan is a jill-of-all trades when it comes to digital marketing and techie skills. She’s worked as a behind-the-scenes digital media implementor and virtual assistant for a decade for online biz owner clients.

She’s a mom of four, Air Force wife, and founder of the Unicorn Digital Marketing Assistant School, where she teaches smart women the in-demand, highly-coveted digital marketing skills to get flexible, online work.

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