Are you interested in becoming a virtual assistant (VA)?
Starting a VA business can be frustrating and sometimes overwhelming. Make sure you’re making the right impression with these tips.
The client needs to find you
Not everyone has a website. Not everyone has the money or knowledge of how to create one. So what do you do? Create social media profiles: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc. These are all free. Use LinkedIn to showcase your past experience, talents, and provide testimonials from past employers or clients.
Even if you don’t have a domain name, have a professional email address. “partygirl4U” at gmail will NOT get you clients.
Using proper grammar is important
I know we’re not in high school and being graded on a papers. But if you’re not using proper grammar, you won’t look very professional or credible to potential clients. I’m not talking about using big words. I’m saying to use punctuation and capitalize the beginning of sentences. If you’re not getting the response you want from people (or if you’re getting complete silence) it may be time to have someone proofread your writing.
Think about it… if one of your tasks is to communicate with others on behalf of your client, having proper grammar is everything. Again, if you’re not sure how you appear to others, have someone proofread any emails or even your posts on social media. (Potential clients can see those as well).
Be clear. Please.
Here is a post I saw the other day from a new virtual assistant: “Is anyone looking to hire a virtual assistant? I’m available for work and I have over 2 years of experience.” (I left out the spelling and grammatical errors).
That’s it. That was the post. I remember a friend of mine was thinking of getting a virtual assistant so I perked up when I read this. However, my immediate questions were: who does she help? She has 2 years experience doing what? I answered her to get more information out of her. Turns out, she didn’t have a website for me to look at, didn’t have any social media profiles set up, she didn’t even have a business. She was out of work and decided to be a virtual assistant.
You want to be clear about what you do and who you help. Do you specialize in any certain areas? Are you a WordPress expert? Do you know how to create landing pages that convert? If you have mad ninja skills creating Facebook ads, then tell people that. For example: “I help business coaches close more sales by creating landing pages…” But posting that you’re a VA available for hire is a vague statement and won’t get you very far.
It’s not easy
If you’re thinking of becoming a virtual assistant because you saw an article saying, “Work from home by being a virtual assistant!”, and you think it’s super easy, you may want to rethink this. Just because you answered phones for 3 months at a temp job does not mean you have the experience to be a virtual assistant.
Starting your own business is hard and it can be overwhelming. I had over 16 years experience working in corporate America as an executive assistant. I thought being a virtual assistant would be easy. Boy, was I wrong. I would say that about 80% of the tasks I currently do, I had never done before I started my business. I learned it all after quitting my office job, by trial and error, and doing a lot of Google searches on “How to do…”. I also did a lot of research. See below…
Do your homework
You’re going to have to work. No one is going to hand you anything and this doesn’t happen overnight. Starting and growing a business takes time. Some great resources can be found right here:
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Have a real business
We’ve all seen those handmade signs on the side of the road saying, “I’ll paint your entire house for $400!” No name, etc. Looks sketchy, right?
If you’re really serious about making some money, you’re going to want to have a real business. That involves getting a business license, deciding whether to become a sole proprietor or forming an LLC, etc. That’s a lot of work, I know. And it can get confusing. But there are many resources out there to assist with this process. The Small Business Association (SBA) provides TONS of info on how to set up your business. Also, check to see if your area has a local SCORE chapter. SCORE was a tremendous help for me when I first started.
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