Whether you’re a full-time PVA, part-time, or someone who’s looking to get started, you’re probably wondering what a typical day in the life of a Pinterest VA looks like.
One of the best parts of being a Pinterest VA and having your own online business is that you can create your own schedule.
Yes, you can get up at 5 am and work or sleep in and start your day at noon. Scheduling your day is not so simple though since there are some important things to keep in mind.
Here’s what you need to know about creating your own work schedule along with some examples of what a typical day in the life of a Pinterest VA might look like.
Creating Your Own Daily Schedule
Whether you have one Pinterest client or 10, your schedule will likely be built around the tasks you complete for your clients and their needs.
Your clients may have weekly or monthly deadlines to be mindful of. Or, perhaps you specialize in setting up new Pinterest accounts which is a service that may have a more firm deadline (depending on how eager your client is interested in getting started).
Here are two important factors that can dictate what your typical day looks like.
Tasks You Work On
Either way, you’ll have plenty of flexibility when you plan ahead. Some of the main tasks you will perform as a Pinterest VA include:
- Account set up
- Pin design
- Scheduling pins
- Applying to group boards
- Writing board and pin descriptions
- Checking stats and preparing analytics reports
You can prioritize these tasks based on how soon the deadline is along with how much time you have on a particular day.
Let’s say Tuesdays are busy for you but you’d like to squeeze in 1 to 1.5 hours of Pinterest work. You could use this time to schedule a few pins or create images.
Also, it’s important to budget time for communication with clients, checking your email inbox, and promoting your services to others.
Rea, a Pinterest VA who also homeschools her son, works part-time with 3 PVA clients and earns around $1,000 per month.
“My business has been going great, and my clients are getting results!” Rea said in another interview. “A lot of the work I’m doing for clients is scheduling on Tailwind but I also do a little pin design and group board research.”
Anyone who’s self-employed should set income goals. Income goals help keep you motivated and impact your business strategy.
No matter how large or small your income goal is, break it down into realistic chunks.
If you want to earn $5,000 per month as a Pinterest VA, this works out to $1,250 per week. From there, you can break it down further by how many hours you’re available to work on your business.
This will help you determine how much you should aim to earn each day.
Keep in mind, some of your Pinterest VA tasks will be unpaid like pitching new clients, responding to emails, sending invoices, and doing other admin work.
With a clear income goal though, you can work backward and determine what an average day in the life will look like for you.
Typical Daily Schedule (Example)
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Here’s an example of what a day in the life of a part-time Pinterest VA might look like:
6:00 am – Wake up and get ready for the day (walk dogs, get kids ready, eat, exercise, etc.)
7:00 am to 8:00 am – Check on email inbox and do a little PVA work like creating pins for clients or responding to emails.
8:30 – 12:00 pm – Work at full-time job
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Eat lunch and check emails or send a few pitches to potential PVA clients
1:00 pm to 4:30 pm – Finish the work day at full-time job
5:00 pm – get home from work, tend to pets and/or kids or rest up and prepare dinner
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner and family time
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Pinterest VA work like scheduling pins, board research, etc.
9:30 pm to 10:00 pm – Get ready for bed
Your daily schedule may look similar or different depending on what you have planned. But as you can see from this example, even for someone who’s working full-time, you can still have 3 or more hours per day to dedicate to your Pinterest VA business.
That’s 15 hours per week before potential weekend hours.
Now, let’s look at an example of what a day in the life of a full-time Pinterest VA could look like:
6:30 am to 8:00 am – Wake up, get ready and exercise for an hour
8:00 am to 8:45 am – Finish getting ready, eat, drink coffee and prepare for the day
8:45 am to 12:30 pm – Check email and work on Pinterest tasks for clients
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm – Lunch break and run a few local errands
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm – Light work session in between picking up the kids from school in the afternoon
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm – Free time to relax, watch TV, spend time with family, cook, etc.
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm – dinner
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Have an evening work session to wrap up some tasks for clients
8:30 pm to 10:30 pm – Continue client work or relax for the night and prepare a to-do list for the next day
Again, your daily schedule may or may not look like this. It all depends on how many clients you have, what they need help with, and your other daily responsibilities.
For example, if you’re a stay-at-home mom and do some PVA work, you’ll likely be trying to work while the kids are napping or engaged in other activities.
You may even prefer to work early mornings or in the evenings around their schedules.
Your day will look different if you want to work around lots of appointments or prefer to hit up the gym or be active for an hour or two each day.
Perhaps, you want to work fewer days per week overall, so your schedule may look more full like the one above.
When I first began my Pinterest VA business, it took up about 2.5 to 3 workdays each week. This time was spent doing things like creating images, reviewing Pinterest accounts, and scheduling pins for Tailwind.
Tips to Manage Your Time as a Pinterest VA
As you prepare your daily schedule and determine what works best for you, realize that time management is key if you want to stick to that schedule.
Each day may present new challenges, but over the years I’ve found that it’s best to have a clear schedule and know how to get back on track so you can keep growing your business.
Here are some key tips to help you manage your time as a Pinterest VA while mapping out your daily schedule.
Use a Digital or Physical Planner
If you’re a paper person, a physical planner will keep you organized. For years, I have used planner’s from this company. I love being able to take my planner with me to coffee shops, meetings and anywhere on the go.
At the same time, I also track all my meetings and events online. I prefer Google calendar as it’s easy to use and its universally used.
Plan Your Day the Night Before
Try not to wait until the day of to figure out what you’re going to work on in your Pinterest VA business.
Start planning things the night before by either writing up a to-do list or adding tasks to your calendar or planner. Consider deadlines or other important dates that are coming up as you plan.
Be as realistic as possible when determining what you can actually get done on a given day and prioritize your tasks.
This may mean having one bigger project to focus on and three smaller things.
There’s a popular productivity strategy called ‘eat the frog’ and it encourages people to tackle their biggest or most challenging task first.
That way, you’ll be able to feel a strong sense of accomplishment early on no matter what the day throws your way.
Chunk Your Time By Block Scheduling
Another scheduling tip that most busy entrepreneurs love is block scheduling.
This strategy is perfect if you’re thinking about what a day in the life of a PVA might entail.
With block scheduling, you chunk up the available time you have and fill it with specific tasks.
So, if you have a time ‘block’ or 8:30 to 10:30 am each day, you can decide what you’ll do or accomplish during that time of day.
Remember to be realistic and try not to over commit yourself if you know you only have a limited amount of time to work on something.
You can even break larger tasks up into time blocks so the work is easier to manage and complete.
For example, if you have a client who wants you to create 50 to 75 pins to update and promote their content, time yourself to see how long it takes to create one pin.
Let’s say it takes you 5 to 7 minutes to create a fresh pin once you get into a groove. This means you can do about 10 pins in a time block of a little over an hour.
Determine When You’re Most Motivated and Efficient
Don’t force yourself to work when you’re not motivated or feeling efficient. Trust me, it hardly ever turns out well.
If you’re a night person, don’t torture yourself by trying to wake up at 5:00 am and work on your Pinterest VA business. Instead, listen to your instincts and build a daily schedule based on when you work best.
I know plenty of Pinterest VAs who feel very efficient in the morning so they create a schedule with a sizable time block to get some things accomplished early in the day.
Some people also feel a creative spark during the evenings as well. This could present the perfect opportunity to schedule in an hour or so of work after dinner as well.
Ultimately, when you work is mainly up to you. So be kind to yourself and create a flexible schedule that makes the most of your time and eagerness to do the work.
Schedule Times for Breaks and Other Activities
A lot of people forget to schedule in time for breaks and other activities. But isn’t this why we want to run our own online businesses?
I know many of you want to spend more time with your family, be able to attend field trips with your kids, or simply work on your own terms.
As someone who likes to work a lot, I know firsthand how it can overwhelm your daily schedule. So be sure to schedule in time for breaks, and other relaxing activities that you enjoy.
If you want to join a running group that meets in the middle of the day, plan your Pinterest work around that. If you want to take a weekend trip with a friend, set your weekdays up so you’re completing all your client work on time.
In general, scheduling time for breaks and activities can improve your mental health and also help you feel more refreshed and productive when it’s time to return to work.
Everyone’s Day Will Look Different
The main takeaway is that your daily schedule will likely look completely different from another PVA.
Still, it can be nice to take tips from other people and see what works best for them. The most important part is that it’s your schedule to create. You choose when you start working when you take a break, and when you wrap up for the day.
Becoming a Pinterest virtual assistant can provides so much freedom and flexibility to help you run your day vs letting the day run you.
Get clear on your goals for your Pinterest VA business including what tasks you’d like to do, how much you’ll charge, and what your income goals are.
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