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 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:
- Interested in freelance writing? Check out 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success.
- Want to get paid to work as a virtual assistant? Hop on the waiting list for 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success.
- Interested in one-off coaching to take your freelance business to the next level? Check out Gina’s coaching services.
- 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…
Drop a comment for Gina. She’ll be here to respond. Check her on social media.