Becoming a successful Pinterest Virtual Assistant: Interview with, Hina Sheikh and Nicole Allard

One of the main questions I get asked daily when it comes to my Pinterest Virtual Assistant course is, “How long does it take to become a Pinterest Virtual Assistant?” Or “How long does it take to get things up and running?” And lastly, “How do I find clients?”

While the answer to these questions is going to be different for every single person I thought I would start an interview series with my students so you can get an idea of how things worked for those who are serious about working for themselves!

Please note: (and I say this to every one of my students) results are based on effort. It does take time and work to land your first client, I sadly can not do that part for you! BUT I can give you the guidance to steer you in the right direction! 

I am interviewing two different students with two different stories and backgrounds to give you an idea of how each of them did it! 

Here we go!

This is Hina Sheikh, she is a stay-at-home mother of two!

  1. 1. What made you want to be a Pinterest Virtual Assistant? As a stay at home mom with two kids, I was looking for passive income that I could earn every month to pay off my student loan. I came across Pinterest VA Services via one of the Facebook Groups. I then began to research, “What is Pinterest VA” on Pinterest. I came across many pins that were talking about making 3K, 4K to 5K every month using Pinterest. Within 48 hrs, I read almost 10-15 blog posts about it. I was using Pinterest for my blog to promote my posts for the last 2 years but never thought it could be turned into a full-time job or business. Next, I started to look for Pinterest VA courses. There weren’t many, but I heard really good reviews about Pinterest VA Ninja (it was also ranked on top in Pinterest as well) and that’s when I decided to become a Pinterest VA. 

2. Did you have any experience with Pinterest when you started or did you start from scratch? Before I started my Pinterest VA business, I already had two years of experience with using Pinterest. I fell in love with Pinterest within six months of using it, my first beauty blog’s traffic increased from 3K to 35K because of it. Then, I started a second beauty blog and within 3 months, the traffic increased from 500 to 5K views per month. I was seeing great results and so Pinterest became my #1 source of traffic for my blogs.

3. How long did it take you to set up your business? After finishing the Pinterest VA Ninja course (which took me 1 week to complete) it then took me 2 weeks to set-up by Pinterest Management business. This included designing a website, getting my client packages ready, branding my site, and promoting it via Pinterest. In all, it took me 3 weeks to start my business. 

4. Were you working another job while you were learning to be a Pinterest VA? No, I was not working while learning to be a Pinterest VA. However, even if you are working full-time, you can get through Megan’s VA Ninja course within a few weeks. It is extremely easy to understand and to implement. 

5. How long did it take to land your first client? I was in the middle of setting up my business when I landed my first client and this was in 3 weeks. 

6. How did you land your first client? I got my first client via Megan’s private Facebook Group that she has for her students who took her course. After that, I promoted my services on Pinterest and landed my next few clients from there. 

7. How many clients do you have now? Currently, I have 4 clients that I am working with including in, beauty, lifestyle, parenting, and education niches. 

8. How many hours a week/day do you work? I work 4hrs/day from Monday to Friday and then on the weekends I work 5 hrs each. So, in total, I work 30hrs/week. I will continue to take more clients until I fully book myself for the next few months. 

You can check out Hina’s website here! 

This is Nicole Allard, she also has a full-time job as an Executive Assistant!

1. What made you want to be a Pinterest Virtual Assistant? I’ve been a Virtual Assistant for 5 years and have dabbled in all different types of work. I recently decided to focus on Pinterest because the platform itself is really fun to work with and I found myself on it most of the day for my blog anyway. I knew I could monetize it as a service! I also love being creative and creating pins! It’s one of my favorite services to offer. 

2. Did you have any experience with Pinterest when you started or did you start from scratch? I had experience working with Pinterest for my own blog and started implementing strategies I learned through trial and error and through Megan’s course, Pinterest Ninja. It was a game-changer for me!

3. How long did it take you to set up your business? I actually started my business in 2015 as a final project for my Master’s Degree program. I think it took me about a week to get everything up and running, but then it’s taken years to get me where I am now. I only officially started offering Pinterest services to my clients about a year ago,  but I’ve been on the platform for what seems like forever.

4. Were you working another job while you were learning to be a Pinterest VA? I was and I still am! I am an Executive Assistant in my full-time job and I run my blog and VA business on the side. It definitely takes extensive time management to make it work, but I absolutely love what I do! 

5. How long did it take to land your first client? Once I started offering the service, probably a few weeks. I can’t remember exactly because I wasn’t marketing myself publicly yet so I was just posting in Facebook Groups.

6. How did you land your first client? I landed my first Pinterest VA client by posting in Facebook Groups on the days in which I was able to and offered my services to those who were in need of help on “In Search Of” posts. 

7. How many clients do you have now?  I have 7 pin creation clients, 1 monthly Pinterest management client, and 1 administrative VA client… All in all, 9 clients in total! 

8. How many hours a week/day do you work? This is a great question. I honestly don’t know. I’m working in my spare time when I’m not working my full-time job. I am also trying to limit my days and give myself every Saturday off moving forward because I need to put stronger boundaries in place and practice more self-care.

You can check out Nicole’s website here! 

As you can see, each story and path is different for each person! But if you put your mind to it it’s 150% achievable!

If you want to learn more about becoming a Pinterest Virtual Assistant or more about Pinterest, click HERE! 

Happy Pinning!

xo Megan