Meet Gina Horkey and become a freelancer in 30 days or less!

It’s Thursday and today we are meeting an interesting lady. She’s a blogger & freelancer who is making an impact in the industry.

A minute on his blog, you’ll be blown away by the quality of her posts and the steadily growing income earnings from freelancing. She’s real proof of success online and a source of encouragement to those looking up to being freelancers.

Before diving into details about this awesome lady, let me mention here that she’s part of a fine list of wonderful bloggers to follow. See details here!

Meet Gina Horkey!

Gina Horkey

Gina likes to describe herself as a married, millennial mama to two toddlers. She’s now a full-time freelancer, who started her looking into freelance in April, 2014.

In her past life, Gina was a financial advisor for almost a decade. She used her past experience in personal finance, paired it with her love of writing and launched her own freelance writing business a year and a half ago.

Since then, she’s grown her freelance business into a multi-faceted online company. Horkey HandBook is not only the name of her blog, but also the name of her family’s enterprise. With their new found freedom from Corporate America, Gina and Wade (her husband) hope to continue to expand their entrepreneurial pursuits over time.

What Is Gina’s Proudest Entrepreneurial Moment?

When asked this question, Gina answered that it was making a positive impact in the lives of others. She’s always excited to receive an email or comment stating that she’s encouraged others to see a life outside of the cubicle and start dreaming of their own career future again.

As a person of faith, Gina is also proud of using a portion of her profits to support a wonderful family ministry in Costa Rica. She hopes to bring her own family to visit and serve there someday soon!

What’s Been Her Biggest Entrepreneurial Challenge?

Always one to answer honestly, Gina said that her biggest challenge is navigating this overwhelming world of online business that tends to change rather quickly. She doesn’t let the volume of information keep her from making decisions about her business, however. Gina’s known for taking the bull by the horns, making decisions and moving forward (even if she doesn’t always make the exact right choice).

She also wishes that people online were a little more sensitive. Gina believes “we’re all just people” and humankind could take all of the kindness and grace we can get! So next time you leave a hurried comment on a blog that evokes an emotional response, take the extra 30 seconds to make sure your response is respectful, even if you don’t share the same opinion as the author!

What Is She Currently Working on?

Gina is currently working on scaling her freelance business. She’s not interested in trying to automate everything or get to a point of 100% passive income, but she would like to continue to grow and use some of the amazing freelancers she’s come across in the process to help her get there.

Her first course, 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success has been a smashing success. It’s an afford-ably priced self-paced email course geared towards aspiring freelance writers for the web. Almost 400 people have already worked their way through the material and she’s excited to celebrate the first anniversary of the course this December (even if she’s updated the material half a dozen times since then!). She’s also a bit of recovering perfectionist….

She’s about to launch her second course, 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success; a course for wannabe VAs. At one point Gina considered teaching, but realizes that almost anyone can be a teacher, as long as they know their stuff and are able to pass on what they’ve learned in a meaningful and impactful way.

What Gina’s Most Excited to Tackle Next

Gina’s never pictured herself as building her own business… with people other than herself. As she continues to work on scaling her company, she’s excited (and a little scared) of working with more individuals.

But business is more fun when you can collaborate with others and make or achieve epic things together. It’s also a bit scary when you’re making the expense decisions that will affect your own family, as well as the families of others! But with risk comes reward, so she’s willing to take the (educated) leap!

If you’re a freelancer (or wannabe), check out these ways to get in touch or learn more about Gina and her offerings:

  1. Interested in freelance writing? Check out 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success.
  2. Want to get paid to work as a virtual assistant? Hop on the waiting list for 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success.
  3. Interested in one-off coaching to take your freelance business to the next level? Check out Gina’s coaching services.
  4. Just want to be friends socially? Stop by her website, add her to your Google+ circle, like her Facebook page, connect via Twitter, LinkedIn or follow her on Pinterest.

Gina Horkey is a writer for hire, with a background in personal finance. She also offers coaching services and really enjoys helping other freelancers gear up to quit their day jobs and take their side hustles full-time. Please stop by Horkey HandBook and download a free copy of 8 Tips to Start Your Freelance Career off on the Right Foot!

Time to interact…

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41 thoughts on “Meet Gina Horkey and become a freelancer in 30 days or less!”

  1. Hi Enstine,

    Thanks for bringing Gina here.

    Her story re-enforces the fact that anything you are passionate about, just persevere in it and you’d make a success out of it.


    Thanks for sharing


    • Thanks Dan – at the very least, give a new business at least 2 years before you bail. I learned that recently at a conference and it’s a great way to keep long-term perspective when you’re starting out. 🙂

  2. Hi Gina,

    Nice to meet you, I have great passion to become free lance. but not enough knowlege, How to work there, attract visitor. but now I hope Your course will help me a lot in this regard.

    Thanks Enstine Muki for sharing something about Gina,
    Areesha Noor!

  3. It’s just wonderful to meet personality like Gina and Enstine Hats up to you for creating such kind of stuff.


  4. Hi Gina!

    Great to virtually “meet” you… sounds like we have a lot in common. I quit my professional position about a year to start freelancing full-time.

    And man, there’s a ton of work out there for those who want it.

    Will follow you on Twitter.

    Oh, and Enstine… Just a heads up that I’ll be on the road until the second week of November — wanted to let you know, so if you don’t see me poking around your blog as often as usual, you’ll know why. Thanks a ton!


  5. Hey Gina and Enstine,

    This was truly inspirational and Gina’s story shows was possible. Now if she can do it with two toddlers then it’s possible for anyone to be successful. But it does take a great work ethic and thus shows through Gina’s accomplishments.

    Thanks for sharing Gina and it’s very nice to meet you!

    • Thanks Sherman! As I’ve mentioned, I sure haven’t done it alone. I’ve been lucky enough to have a supportive family and met a pretty amazing support group online too. #FreelancingRocks!

  6. Hey Enstine,

    Another Excellent feature,
    Good to meet you Gina.

    Wow, 2 toddlers and you still manage to do so much and here I am with only one toddler keeping me busy 24/7! Good to know that you have a background in personal finance which is one of the hottest niche online today.

    will be checking out your blog now,
    Uttoran Sen,

    • Thanks Uttoran! Yes, PF is a pretty hot niche at the moment. I have a wonderful husband who stays at home with our two toddlers, so I’m not doing it alone! 😉

  7. Hi Enstine! Hi Gina!

    It’s amazing to see how you have built your business, Gina. I just signed up for your VA course as that is what I’m wishing to pursue. However, I will also be looking at your Freelance guide. One can’t have enough skills, right?

    Great to meet you, Gina. Fabulous guest, Enstine!

  8. Hi Gina

    A warm welcome to the club and much happy to see so many wonderful people like you in this featured blogger series.

    Freelance writing is really a challenging job for those who mostly rely on DIY learning and those who take it seriously and learn by a professional coach don’t have to face any big hardship.

    Many times a client back off from the basic offer and sometimes try to trim the offer that becomes very painful for the one who is fully committed to his work.

    Also rates have a big role to adopt this field forever I observe many who started with very low rates could not have gotten the higher range because once a person accept low rates many clients being in connect with each other share the rates secret and one can’t rise as much as he feels quite justified.

    You have been in this field after switching from personal finance advisory so who can better understand this point than you.

    So nice meeting you and be taking benefits of your professional acumen.

    Have a great weekend ahead.

    • Thanks for your comment Mi. Yes, rates can be a tricky thing, but if you put out quality work, then I think your clients will have no other choice then to accept an incremental raise. It’s scary, but there are always going to be more clients looking for writing work!

  9. Nice write-up, Enstine! I have gotten to know Gina over the last couple of months and she’s terrific! I completed her “30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success” course in early July and have added 7 clients since then! Anyone here who needs a little push getting going with their freelance writing career/business, I highly recommend Gina. She knows her stuff and is very accessible.

  10. Hi Gina,

    Nice to meet you. Welcome to the club. I really enjoyed your story about how you came from being a financial advisor to a freelancer. This is inspiring to everyone, not just up and coming freelancers in that if you put a plan in place you can make it happen. I will be sure to visit your blog.

    Thanks Enstine for featuring Gina.


  11. Hi Gina,
    Its such a delight to meet you. Like Adrienne said, a lot of us have not had the pleasure before but thanks to Enstine’s blog, we have met. Welcome to the club too.

    I do love your zeal and passion for what you do. And I love your charitable disposition to a church you have never set foot in. You do sound like an inspiring person and I can so relate to some of your challenges and your *weakness*(being a perfectionist). But honestly I have come to realize that the quest for perfection is not a bad thing. You will never attain that perfection of course, but you will attain excellence and set a high bar for anyone who attempts to follow, which is a good thing.

    Look forward to connecting more.


  12. Hi Enstine,

    How nice to meet Gina here on your blog. Gina…I admire people who can freelance writing. Interesting to find out about you and what you do. I will get to your page shortly.

    I did book mark it and sure will share!


  13. Hi Enstine,
    Yet another wonderful personality on your Thursday series!
    Good to know about Gina the wonderful freelance writer!
    Thanks for sharing those informative links connected with Gina
    I just had a quick look at her page, and is bookmarked and will
    surely go later today, Keep sharing about such wonderful personalities
    here on this wonderful land called EnstineMuki LOL 🙂
    Have a great rest of the week
    ~ Philip

  14. Hi enstine,

    Thanks for introducing Gina. She is absolutely a good freelancer and what really got my attention is that she thinks about the people other than herself.

    Freelancing is a great way to earn passive income online and helping lot of people solve their problems but I think scale her business will be fortunate.

    Hope to connect to Gina soon.

  15. Hi Enstine,

    Thanks for introducing us Gina! I absolutely love meeting entrepreneurs who have a clear purpose and passion.

    Freelancing can be a fabulous way of earning a living and creating independence. But what I especially appreciate in her story is that she is thinking about scaling already! It doesn’t take long to realize that none of us want to be stuck in one place doing the same thing ten years from now.

    It’s clear her entrepreneurial spirit is strong.

    In addition, I LOVE that her faith is her guiding principles and that she backs it up with support for other Christians doing great work in other places.

    Thanks for the fabulous introduction Enstine!

    Have a great end to your work week my friend.

    ~ Don Purdum

  16. Hey Enstine,

    Thanks for introducing us to Gina, I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her yet.

    Welcome to the club indeed Gina and I’m sure that Enstine’s readers will be thrilled to learn more about you.

    There are so many freelancers out there today but most of them are brand new and not quite sure how to get started. I’m sure that your course has really helped a lot of people. You mentioned almost 400 so far, that’s an impressive number. I hope they’ve been able to have the same type of success that you have.

    Isn’t it so freeing to be your own boss and enjoy being able to stay home with your kids? I don’t have any children of my own but I moved my Mom next door to me a little over three years ago and she’s now 90 years old. To be able to be here for her and take her to her appointments means the world to me. Had I not taken that plunge to come online either I wouldn’t be where I am today. Yay!!

    Great to meet you and I’ll be sure to stop by your blog as well. I do enjoy meeting new people online.

    Hope you both have a wonderful day and a great ending to your week.


    • Thanks so much Adrienne! Yes, knowing how/where to start is a biggie. That’s why more courses are geared towards the business of writing (and VA work), rather than “how to write.” You should have a general knowhow of how to write first:-).

      So glad to hear you also have designed your own lifestyle around the things that are most important to you – I bet your mom is beyond thrilled to have you closeby. Nice to meet you!

  17. Hi Gina,

    I become a freelancer on fiverr in 2014 and earned alot its a great platform i am eCommerce developer And i will make sure to follow your social media accounts to stay updated.

    Thank you Enstine, for introducing 🙂

  18. Here is a beautiful lady to follow as a model to begin his freelance career.
    I’m going to download the free copy of 8 Tips to Start Your Freelance Career off on the Right Foot!

  19. Hey Enstine,

    There are many people working online, but few are there who have their impact on others. I am glad to know about Gina. It always gives me motivation whenever I read about successful people.

    I have checked her details. She has achieved a lot. I am sure her course will help many people.
    Thanks a lot for introducing her to us.
    Hope you are having a great time.

  20. Hi Gina,

    It’s nice meeting you, I am hoping to become a wannabe freelancer and i am sure your course will do the trick. And i will make sure to follow your social media accounts to stay updated.

    Thank you Enstine, for introducing us to such a wonderful lady.

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