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Virtual Assistant side hustle: How to plan your month, when you are planning to leave your 9-5

Many virtual assistants around the world transition into the VA world by working their VA business as a side hustle while working a 9-5. 


When you are just starting out as a virtual assistant, chances are good that you are still in a corporate job working 9-5.  It can be tricky juggling both a full-time job and a growing online business and you are not at that stage where you can hand in your notice and smugly smile to yourself as you think about all the free time you will have working for yourself.

Truth be told, working for yourself and building your own business is harder than you think so be prepared for some early mornings, late nights & dozens of cups of coffee…

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Some people find it hard to work full time and have enough time and energy to work on their virtual assistant businesses, but it can & has been done. Don’t give up!

Two important things you need to know about juggling a full-time job & starting a business:

  1. Be prepared to say goodbye to your personal life for a while!  Work hard now so that you can reap the rewards when you do hand in your notice.
  2. Be prepared to work hard, darn hard!


See your virtual assistant business as a goal that you are working towards. Remind yourself often of all the benefits of being your own boss.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can plan your month.  On the last day of the month, block off 3 hours to plan your following month, this is very important.  You will learn that planning is essential in your virtual assistant business.

Follow this 5-step plan to get things done. It’s the same plan I used. I have included a free worksheet to help you implement & execute.

  1. Look at your current client list and then block time off in your calendar, after hours and on weekends, to get their work done;
  2. Block off 1 hour per week to network in Facebook groups;
  3. Block off 3-4 hours on the first weekend to create and schedule social media posts until the first week of the following week;
  4. Allocate 1-2 hours for billing
  5. Block off 30 min per day to check and answer emails.

With this 5 step plan, you only spend 7.5 hours a month ON your business, that’s less than 2 hours per week. The time that you allocated to your client work is the time you spend working in your business.

Grab your 5 step plan worksheet here.


When you are still working a fulltime job you should be realistic about how many clients you can take on.  Ask yourself: How much time do you want to spend on your virtual assistant business? This will give you an idea of how many clients you can take on.  Remember that with the 5-step plan you are already spending 7.5 hours working ON your business.

Don’t take on more clients than you can handle.  In the early stages of your virtual assistant business, it’s important to build a good reputation for yourself. If you take on too many clients and don’t have time to meet deadlines this will reflect poorly on you and might leave you with some bad reviews.

Rather start conservatively and build a strong business and reputation so that when you do leave your 9-5 business the transition will be a sweet one of victory rather than a struggle.

Thinking of leaving your full-time job but need your virtual assistant business to be lucrative before making the move?  Speak to one of our VA mentors to see how they can help you elevate your business.

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3 thoughts on “Virtual Assistant side hustle: How to plan your month, when you are planning to leave your 9-5”

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    Talk about timing. I’m in axactly this situation right now and my biggest fear is that I won’t be able to produce work on time for paying clients. It does make me very reluctant to really go out and put my name forward for opportunities. Silly really, but it is what it is and i need to change that mindset. Thank you for the 5 step plan.

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