Become a Pinterest VA Today! Review

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Become a Pinterest VA Today! reviewDo you ever feel that little pang of guilt for spending too much time online? On Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest perhaps? Most of us moms have probably felt that way one time or another. How awesome would it be to learn that your time spent online could be a source of income for your family?

If you’re an organized, self-starter who loves following blogs and pinning Pins, then read on. The following Become a Pinterest VA Today! review will show you how you can create an online career as a Pinterest Virtual Assistant and it can help you decide if it’s the right fit for you.

First of all, what is a Pinterest VA? For an in-depth answer, you can read this interview with expert Kristin Larsen. In a nutshell, according to Kristin, a Pinterest VA “basically means you’re helping someone with Pinterest online and from afar.”

Become a Pinterest VA Today! teaches the ‘how-tos’ of building a Pinterest VA business that you can run from the comfort of your own home, on your own schedule.

Program name: Become a Pinterest VA Today!

Website: https://pinterestva.com

Creators: Gina Horkey and Kristin Larsen

Introduction to Become a Pinterest VA Today!
Gina and Kristen, creators of Become a Pinterest VA Today

Gina Horkey and Kristin Larsen are online business owners, and friends, that partnered up to create Become a Pinterest VA Today!. Gina is the creator of Horkey Handbook30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success and also 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success. She personally built her virtual assistant/writing business to $4,000/month while working a full-time job and was able to leave that job behind in only eight months.

Kristin is the creator of Believe in a Budget, the blog that launched her online career only two years ago. She is a Pinterest expert, running her own Pinterest management business and also creating Pinterest Presence, a course that teaches bloggers and business owners how to use the Pinterest platform to drive traffic to their websites. She is also an expert side hustler.

Together, their backgrounds make them the perfect duo to create this course, which covers not only how to do the work of a Pinterest VA (now including content from Pinterest Presence!), but also how to start and run the business side of your business.

Become a Pinterest VA Today! Course in a Nutshell
Become a Pinterest VA Today! Course in a Nutshell

Pros:

  • It is possible to go through the material within a month and then get right to practicing your skills and finding clients
  • Once you purchase the course, it is available to go through at your convenience and in whatever order you want
  • The comprehensive course material is presented concisely
  • The course content is updated as Pinterest and/or Tailwind makes changes; for example, when Tailwind introduced the new Smart Loop feature, content was added to the course right away
  • Course members have lifetime access to updates at no additional cost
  • You can tailor your business to the Pinterest VA services you want to offer: setting up or updating Pinterest accounts, converting personal accounts to business accounts, setting up Pinning schedules, creating and designing Pins, and more!
  • It has a low start-up cost compared to other businesses
  • The course outlines how much to charge clients based on hourly rates and packages
  • 7 Day Refund policy

Cons:

  • You’ll have to be a self-starter to be successful – as an entrepreneur, you’ll have to find your own clients and then keep them happy
  • The course touches on where to find and pitch clients, but some students felt like they needed more ideas and help with this. However, the course content has been updated based on member feedback and the course now includes several different ways to market your business.
  • If you need a secure income immediately, it may not be for you right now. It can take time to build your skills (both Pinterest skills and sales skills), find clients, and grow your business

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Become a Pinterest VA Today! Overview

Become a Pinterest VA Today! is a self-paced, online program that teaches the skills needed to launch and grow a successful Pinterest VA business, from Pinterest knowledge to the basics of running your business.

The Become a Pinterest VA Today! coursework includes technical training on Pinterest, Tailwind, and Canva, Pin requirements and best practices, tools to use and who should pay for them, services to offer and what to charge, invoicing and contract tips and tricks, and more.

There are plenty of ‘how-tos’ including how to:

  • create Pins that will stand out from the rest
  • establish a web presence and build a portfolio
  • find clients and pitch them
  • read analytics
  • interview and onboard new clients
  • report the results to your clients

The material is well-presented, and some students said that the videos make it feel like Gina and Kristin are right there teaching you. You can complete the material quickly if you’re motivated. Unlike some online courses, which require long-term commitments, if you block out time, you can be through the material and on to practicing skills and finding clients within a month.

Who is Become a Pinterest VA Today! for?

The course is great for current virtual assistants who want to add Pinterest services to their business, or for someone who wants to get started as a VA. It is also for entrepreneurs who like helping bloggers and business owners, and anyone who wants a work-from-home job with a flexible schedule.

Become a Pinterest VA Today! is particularly good for busy moms looking to work from home, because tasks can be done at any time of day and they can be done in short chunks of time (like that hour or two during nap-time or before the kids wake up in the morning).

Become a Pinterest VA Today! Training and Resources

The course curriculum includes four comprehensive modules, lesson homework, customizable templates, step-by-step guides, 10+ training videos, student success stories, and more. The modules cover the following: your role as a Pinterest VA, Pinterest and Tailwind technical training, how to establish your Pinterest VA business, how to find clients, working with clients, and how to expand your business.

Some of the things students learn in the tech training include:

  • How to design Pinterest Pins with Canva
  • Setting up and navigating the Pinterest biz platform
  • How to schedule content using Tailwind (including how to use Tailwind’s newest feature, SmartLoop)
  • Pinterest and Tailwind analytics
  • How to set up and manage Promoted Pins
  • How to use Pinterest SEO to get the most mileage from your pins
  • How to scale your PVA biz by helping clients capitalize on their Pinterest traffic with sales funnels, opt-ins, and more
A peek inside the course content

The program and bonuses include actionable companion workbooks, templates, and additional resources. One example is the Client Onboarding Workbook.

Student Support

There is an accelerator companion program for students in their first 2 months. Gina and Kristin will be there to help you progress towards your goals, learn new skills and land your first few clients. There will also be additional skill-specific training, live office hours where you can ask questions and you will get a preview of what it looks like to become a Pinterest Post Community member!

And… after you graduate from the accelerator companion program, you can subscribe to the Pinterest Post for a flat monthly fee. It is a great place to get extra training, feedback, and job leads as you go through the course material and take on clients.

The Pinterest Post is an active and supportive community where members can ask questions about the course material, share feedback on Pin designs, get help with pitching, and any other challenges they are facing.

There are regular office hours with Kristin and Gina to get individual coaching, support, and training directly, and they are also active within the group chat. Another benefit of joining the Pinterest Post is the job leads, which are added on a regular basis.

Educational qualifications and skills needed

There are no specific educational prerequisites needed to take this course. You need to have basic computer skills and be familiar with navigating the internet.

Other helpful qualities include:

  • Willingness to work hard and learn new things
  • A ‘go-getter’ attitude
  • Good time management skills
  • Ability to sell

You may be wondering if you need an artistic side to be a Pinterest VA. While someone with creative skills may really love Pin design, it’s really not a necessity. With free stock photos from sites like Pixabay, tools like Canva, and the lessons in Become a Pinterest VA Today!, it can be pretty easy to create pins.

Additional requirements:

  • Computer and internet access
  • A printer, if you want to print the material that comes with the course
  • A Tailwind account, if you plan to schedule Pins (You will need one and your clients will need one as well.)
  • Your own website and blog is recommended, but not required

Price of Become a Pinterest VA Today!

The program has two payment options: A one-time payment of $799, or 2 monthly payments of $479.

Another peek inside the course content
Another peek inside the course content

My Final Opinion

Become a Pinterest VA Today! teaches the tools you need to perform Pinterest virtual assistant services and how to create a work-from-home business. The material is presented in an effective and easy to understand manner. You can complete the course in less than a month and move right on to practicing and finding clients soon after. (Read previous students’ success stories success stories here!) In addition, a number of previous course members told me that they have recommended the course to others.

Overall, it is a great opportunity for moms who want to work from home because it’s highly flexible. As a Pinterest virtual assistant, you can work in short blocks of time whenever you can fit them in. For example, you can create Pins for your clients in one block of time and then schedule them with Tailwind in another. You also choose how many hours you can work and then only take on the number of clients you can manage within that time frame.

The suggested hourly rate to charge as a beginner is decent, and there is the opportunity to scale quickly as you develop your online skills. The main thing to keep in mind is that you’ll have to be a go-getter, especially if you want to make it a full-time career. As a solopreneur, finding clients is on you. To build your business, you will have to be persistent.

Verdict: It provides a legitimate, anywhere anytime career.

If you’re interested in learning more, six graduates who now run their own businesses came  together to do a two part interview:

Pinterest VA Group Interview (Part I): What Does a Pinterest VA Do?

Pinterest VA Group Interview (Part II): How is Pinterest Management Different from Being a VA?

Do you have any questions about Become a Pinterest VA Today!? Jump right in and ask them. I’d love to answer them.

 

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22 thoughts on “Become a Pinterest VA Today! Review”

  1. Stefanie Williams

    I purchased Become a Pinterest VA Today last summer and got distracted by other projects. I decided this spring it was time to jump in, so I joined the Pinterest Post Community as the extra kick I needed to get it done. I have found the group to be super active, full of supportive members, including direct support and feedback from Kristin and Gina and their team member Jessica as well. I don’t say that lightly because it was hard to let go of the free groups I was in before the changes were made!!! But I am so glad that I took the leap and joined. I’ve also been impressed by the quality of leads.

    I haven’t officially landed my first Pinterest client just yet, but I have been on a couple calls with interested business owners and my fingers are crossed for an upcoming call to get set up with one of them.

    I just wanted to share my experience with anyone who might be on the fence. I have no doubt that with persistence there is an awesome business to be built with Pinterest marketing.

    1. I had heard that some other students had also been concerned when Gina and Kristin stopped the free Facebook group. But it sounds like the new paid group, Pinterest Post Community, is well worth it. I can imagine that the environment is much more focused when it consists of people who really want to be there and are serious about progressing.

      Let us know how things progress for you, Stefanie. We want to know when you get your first client! 🙂

      Robin

      1. Stefanie Williams

        Hi Robin. I just wanted to give you an update. I’ve provided Pinterest services for several entrepreneurs since commenting in June (designing Pins, consulting, and scheduling), but today, I signed my first official contract to provide Pinterest services on an on-going basis. I’m pretty excited!

        1. Great news, Stefanie!
          From your experiences so far, how is your confidence level in terms of improving your Pinterest skills, being able to get more clients and providing them with valuable services? I hope I’m not being too direct here, but many are quite curious about this whole Pinterest VA career idea and I love hearing different peoples’ points of view.

          Robin

          1. Stefanie Williams

            Not too direct at all. I am fascinated by the whole online business thing and how it works differently for different people. I’ve seen some people go out and get clients in a short period of time, and for others, it takes longer.

            It takes longer for me because I am pretty cautious about it. With my schedule (kids, existing freelance business, part-time job), I need to be certain I’m ready to take on a new client and deliver, plus I tend to get nerves and hold myself back when offering new services.

            However, I definitely see the demand for Pinterest services. There are so many online entrepreneurs and business owners out there and most of them could benefit from Pinterest marketing. I’ve watched a lot of job leads open and close while I’ve been pursuing other things and slowly building my Pinterest skills to a level that I am confident in, and have even passed on a great opportunity because I didn’t feel ready. I haven’t started cold pitching (for Pinterest services) or looking on platforms like Upwork, yet I have my first contract. If I can do it, anyone can do it!

            As far as confidence in skills, you can learn the skills, but for people like me, you have to actually do it for someone to build that confidence. Offering services for experience and testimonials helped a lot. At any rate, my plan going forward is to provide excellent services for my new client and only pitch if I see an opportunity or business that looks like a great fit.

            I feel like I am laying the groundwork for what’s to come. Eventually, I won’t be needed at my part-time job, which I am keeping because I love it and because I thrive on a schedule. And my kids are getting older. By the time my youngest is in Kindergarten next year, I will be in a great position to build my business further. In my opinion, if you are interested in creating a work-from-home income, this is a great skill to build.

  2. Thank you for a thorough review on an interesting angle, never thought about being able to do Pinterest VA, I think it would be perfect for people who are already active in the Social Media field and want to turn it into an income.
    I would not go and look for it if I were just starting out to look for a Work At Home option – as I know when I first started in looking for a WAH option – I was as green as the grass! No prior knowledge can be a downer in this case.

    But this is really good for reference later on when we are online ready!
    Cheers – Orion

    1. Glad you liked it, Orion.
      Pinterest seems to be a hidden goldmine – many marketers and content creators don’t seem to have gotten it yet. But those that have, and have been able to get the hang of it are able to drive a good amount of traffic to their site. So anyone ready to learn the secrets of Pinterest has a great tool to help online entrepreneurs with. As you say that would be much easier for people who are already in the Social Media field.

      If you do come back to it later, let us know how it goes!
      Robin

  3. Kelly’s comment kind of scared me. You present this course as a good one. But is it? Why was she so adamant that people not join the course?

    1. I’m sorry about that, Patti. Kelly appeared to have not been able to achieve the results she wanted or expected. I obviously can’t explain why. But she wants people to know that though the course may be full of content, finding clients may not be that easy – in her case, nearly impossible.

      You said I presented the course to be a good one. Yes I did because it is – it is full of good, clear content showing you how to start and grow a Pinterest VA business. It does give some tips on how to find clients, but they may or may not be enough for some people. There are still many entrepreneurs who do not yet know the value of Pinterest for their businesses. So it is up to you to find people who you think would benefit and convince them how it will help them. So… you do have to be a go-getter. If that is you then give it a go!

      Hope this calms your fears. If not keep writing and I’ll keep answering. 🙂

      Robin

      1. Hi Robin! Great review on the Pinterest VA course! I too like Patti, am feeling a little bit scared about Kelly’s comment? I just signed up for the Pinterest course today but if it does not seem to be to my liking, I will be cancelling and asking for a refund within my 7 day period! I do not want to waste my $350.00 on a course in which I could not find any clients! The main reason I waited until the last minute to sign up for this course is because of the “pitching to find clients” part? I am hoping that Facebook is not the only way to get clients/leads. Unfortunately, I have to make a Facebook account to even join the private Pinterest group because I purged myself of all social media (FB, Twitter, the gram, LinkedIn, etc.) more than a year ago! Smh I will come back here and let you know how I am making out. I have until next Monday to see how I am liking the course..or not. I just can’t afford to lose $350.00 you know? We’ll see!

        1. Thank you for joining out conversation here, Shari.
          Please do come back and share your experiences and if you plan to go forward. I love other readers to be able to get feedback from people that have experienced it for themselves. (I interview several graduates of each course I review to get that kind of feedback.)

          We’ll be waiting!
          Robin

      2. Hi Robin! I decided that the Pinterest VA was not going to work for me. I have to agree with the other poster Kelly about getting clients. After checking out the course it seemed that the main ways to get clients are to join private Facebook group, cold email people, ALREADY be a Virtual Assistant, and ALREADY have a blog or be willing to start one. I have no interest in being a VA or starting a blog or opening up a FB account for leads I might not even get..so the course was not for me. I did not gather any other means of marketing (after checking out the course) assistance other than the aforementioned.

        I would not recommend this to a person who is not active on social media or who does NOT want to start a blog! Also, it was mentioned that the course price could possibly be increased from $349.00?? Um, no. The course IMO is not worth even $349 much less more than that price! Now, if they decided to insert EXTENSIVE assistance (in the course) in helping people to find clients WITHOUT having a blog or being a VA then perhaps the course would be worth the current price of $349.00! The 2-3 student testimonials in the course (there are more) that I looked at all are either a VA or have a blog! This is not encouraging to someone who doesn’t want to have a blog or be a VA. This is why I keep emphasizing this point.

        So I am disappointed because I really hoped this could have been a great WAH opportunity for me ? Anyway, I hope this helps someone else make a decision when the course opens up again later this year..

        1. Thanks for your input, Shari. This was an aspect I wasn’t aware of and will incorporate it into my review.
          In spite of this downside of the course, did you also find plus points?

          Appreciate it,
          Robin

          1. Hi Robin,
            Plus point about the course is that some of the information that IS given (ie. how to set up a business Pinterest acct, etc.) Kristen/Gina walk you through it via video tutorials which is pretty helpful. I just really wish more emphasis on the “marketing” aspect was included in the course..

  4. Do not do Kristin & Ginas How to Become a Pinterest VA Course. They promise you a great side hustle with amazing results. This is not the case! I purchased the mini course and it was about $79 for the mini course. Yes, it gave lots of information, however it never really gave you much guidance for finding clients. Basically, they wanted you to join from a list of facebook groups they recommended. Also, they wanted you to try cold emailing and scouring the internet.
    For 2 whole months I barely found any Pinterest VA jobs. I worked 15-18 hour days, so it is not like I was not driven or being lazy. Pinterests VA jobs are hard to find and not very easy to come by.
    If you want to work from home I would recommend working a VA business/applying to remote job postings via indeed,google, etc.. than wasting you time, energy,and money with this flawed course.

    1. I’m sorry to hear about your bad experiences, Kelly. It must have been quite frustrating, with time and money both going down the drain.

      When I was reviewing the course I also noticed that there isn’t a lot of marketing training within it. In fact that is pointed out in the cons section of my review. I agree that you are probably not likely to to find many Pinterest jobs advertised. You absolutely have to cold/warm pitch business owners and solopreneurs and sell them on the benefits of it to make a real business out of it. Pitching is a skill of its own to be sure, and if you have money mindset blocks, all the pitching in the world won’t get you far – at least that’s the way it seems to me.

      That much said, I do believe Kristin and Gina do teach the skills of being a Pinterest VA well. Their videos and material are clear and they give a lot of tips to develop the expertise needed to become an effective Pinterest VA. A member of my team (here at Anywhere and Anytime) personally knows people who have been successful having taken the course.

      It is also true that working from home, you can be a VA in many different niches. Look at the skills you have – there are definitely people who need your help. But there again, you have to find them or find a way for them to find you. 🙂

      I hope you’ve found something else that has worked out for you. All the best,
      Robin

  5. I have honestly never seen Pinterest training before, but probably because I haven’t really looked for it or taken Pinterest too seriously with my business. This course looks great with lots of content. Pinterest is great for the visual aspect so I imagine having a creative side would help with this course. Good review on this so thanks for sharing all your insights.

    1. I haven’t been much into social media so far, Sharon. But I was really impressed with the effect that Pinterest has had on the traffic increase on a few of my friends’ websites. So I’m taking the dive – well, I’m going to get myself a Pinterest VA. The course looks solid enough to me to trust it’s graduates and the graduates I’ve communicated with me gave me the confidence to go forward.

      I also assumed that having a creative side would help with this course. When I asked one of the graduates she told me that of course it would help, but that the course provides training in enough tools and resources, that it is definitely not a requirement! Interesting, isn’t it?

      Glad you liked the review,

      Robin

  6. Wow! very interesting article. I knew Pinterest was a great way to expand anyones business be it on or offline — but I didn’t know that alone could help you achieve a full time career online.

    Have you used Pinterest at all — and if so does it help move your business forward getting more people to your site / business opportunity?

    Michael

    1. I didn’t know about it either, Michael, until recently. Pretty neat isn’t it, especially for people who want to work from home and love to pin – pin away and get your paycheck. What a way to go!

      I am just starting to use it, so I don’t have personal proof yet. But I have a number of friends who have used it and gotten amazing results. They say to just check first that your niche is one that is relevant to Pinterest users. If it is, then you are good to go.

      I’ll add a comment to this in a few months updating you on how well it worked or not for me.

      Robin

      1. I just wanted to update my situation. I’ve had a Pinterest VA for about four months now. My posts are getting more shares and exposure than before – some of them a lot more! I am excited about the possibilities going forward.

        Robin

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