Frugal Side Hustle: Virtual Assistant with Shatoria Smith – EP 308

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We’re not out here giving empty promises on how being a Virtual Assistant is a solution to all of your problems and that you’ll never be sad again, but if you ever find yourself looking for some flexible ways to earn extra income, you won’t want to miss this episode. Tune in as we dive into the world of virtual assistance with Shatoria Smith and learn how to turn your spare time into a profitable side hustle.

Everybody is looking for somebody to do something.


  • Virtually impossible. Here to challenge that assumption, virtually impossible is really just saying ‘there’s a chance.’ So whether you want that virtual assistant job OR you want to become debt free, just know it IS possible. And to prove it’s possible to become debt-free checkout. Season 1 of Debt Free Stories on YouTube! We’ve got 10 interviews with listeners just like you who’ve taken the principles we talk about on the show and used them to pay off over $800,000 of debt combined. Head to to be inspired to make the most of frugality without all the depression.

Shatoria is the creator of CoinCountinMama, a blog that focuses on family, finance, and her journey towards debt-freedom. Shatoria has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and an MBA in Finance. Now, she’s teaching women how to become a virtual assistant so they can start making money from the comforts of their home. 

Virtual Assistance Services and What’s In Demand

There are so many avenues you can go down as a VA such as graphics design, copywriting, blog editing, or proofreading among others. Some in demand today are general administrative works for business owners and entrepreneurs. 

How Much a Beginner VA Can Expect to Make

An entry level VA can expect to earn $20 to $25/hour. That number still depends on the skillset the VA has but when the demand starts to grow, the rate also starts to increase. One can find a lot of these opportunities on Social Media.

When Being a VA is Good For You

There are so many opportunities available to grow so if you are reluctant to learn and don’t like being on the computer, then the VA space is probably not for you. Go for it if you’re ambitious! 

Virtual Assistant Training

There are different trainings out there such as e-books and courses from VA mentors. Follow accounts that motivate you and encourage you to want to get out there and work harder and try harder. 

If you could be anyone in the world’s virtual assistant, who would you want to VA for?

  • Shatoria: Oprah Winfrey, the girl boss herself who always manages to keep everything afloat
  • Jill: Jennifer Lawrence so she can see how JLaw moves through life
  • Jen: Any of her favorite Disney vloggers (@RunninginMakeup, @MichaelDoesDiz, @MammothClub, etc.)

Bill of The Week

Thank you Shatoria for sharing your bill about buying your wedding dress in cash! 

Thanks so Much for Listening!

Thanks so much for listening. Many of you know we have a private community where we do monthly money challenges and offer accountability groups. We want to congratulate one of our members for a big win.

Since focusing on my paying down my student loan in a year- which was about a $5K balance- I was able to watch my balance dramatically decrease which helped me really find out what was important to me.

It takes time to narrow down the things that matter with practice and patience. I now owe less then $500 and I have my final payment on that loan scheduled for March 2nd! I have created great momentum to keep moving towards my next goal, I have never been goal oriented in the past- this process has really flipped a switch for me. It has helped in so many areas of my life. I am grateful for the opportunity (because I thought I was going to have this debt for 10+ YEARS). I am also grateful to friends who supported me and my decisions during this process because they understand it is temporary not permanent.

Thank you FFC for your support and encouragement during this process. You all are the best! 💜

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