The property manager who discovered virtual assistant work #94

From property manager to working from home as a virtual assistant

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Claudia Bretz is all too familiar with the problems of trying to find meaningful work as an over-qualified, over-educated Army spouse. She went to school for industrial engineering in her home country of Nicaragua before starting over in the U.S., got her MBA and was always starting at the bottom of the totem pole with work.

Two years ago, Claudia was caught in a transition between being unemployed, waiting out the kids last semester of school, retiring and moving (and living on a boat in the Florida Keys) when she decided to give the online work a go.

She signed up for the Unicorn Digital Marketing Assistant School, formerly known as the Digital Media VA Crash Course,  and was dedicated to completing every lesson and teaching herself.  And she just never went back to the office. She went from a $14/hr job to $35/hr working in half the time. 

Here’s her start-up story, what she’s learned as a new digital marketing assistant, and how she started doing the work and niched down. She shares advice when working with new clients, what her Pinterest and project management work really looks like, and the evolution from assistant to strategist.

I hope you walk away inspired, informed, and motivated to start your own unicorn digital marketing business.


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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 marketing implementor and strategist 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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