Meet the Woman, 32, Who Earns a Whopping R100k a Month as a Virtual Assistant While Travelling the World

Meet the Woman, 32, Who Earns a Whopping R100k a Month as a Virtual Assistant While Travelling the World

  • Erin Morris left her job as a paramedic to pursue other adventurous opportunities before becoming a virtual online assistant
  • The ex-paramedic did an online course that helped her gain knowledge and skills in the profession, which entails a lot of copywriting for different clients
  • Erin, 32, loves her job as it because she can travel the world, which is a great passion of hers

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After quitting her job as a paramedic, working as a ski instructor in Switzerland, and doing a few off jobs, Erin Morris had been trying to find the ideal remote job opportunity while she was blogging and travelling full time from 2018 to 2020.

Woman who earns a whopping R100k a month and travels all over the world
Erin Morris makes up to R100K a month and still gets to travel the world as a virtual assistant. Image: curiouslyerin/Instagram
Source: Instagram

Speaking to Business Insider, Erin admits she knew nothing about being a virtual assistant.

"I thought it meant I'd have to be a personal assistant, but it's such an umbrella term. It can mean many different things, depending on whom you work for," she explained.

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The 32-year-old, who lives in Australia, researched the profession, and after watching a free hour-long intro, she knew it was something she wanted to do.

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Erin currently specialises as a virtual assistant and mainly does copywriting. In January 2021, she made $1,500 (around R25,000) a month, but now she makes about $6,000 (about R100,000) a month.

"I paid $500 to take the course, and my first client, a bookkeeper for online businesses, hired me when I was just two months in.
"I created content for Pinterest, wrote captions for her social media, and made graphics in Canva," Erin shared.

For Erin, being a virtual assistant is the best role for her because she loves travelling. She has worked in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, and Myanmar.

When she started, Erin used to charge $20 per hour, and for overtime, she worked her way up to $28 per hour.

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"I'm sure I could've gotten a little more, but at the same time, I had a bit of a limiting belief. Now it's much easier for me to package my services, which are custom-designed for my clients' needs."

Most of Erin's clients are overseas, and her business has grown significantly in the last three months. In August, she was charging $600 for a sales page, and now she charges $1,500.

"My advice to people starting out is don't wait for clients to come to you. Apply for all the roles you're interested in, because it's great practise.
You don't need years of experience; soft skills like having a "figure-it-out" attitude and being reliable and proactive are actually more important," Erin shared.

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