I was recently on a VA forum that I visit in order to answer questions when I can and get great responses to my own. A new VA posted a question. I thought I’d share with you her question and my response so that everyone can benefit! This may be something you’re wondering, too.
Her question went something like this:
I am at the beginning stages of starting my business. Do you have any advice or tips on how to successfully start my virtual assistant business?
Here are my quick tips—certainly not the be-all, end-all but they are great places to focus when you’re just starting out!
1. Business Hours
Set business hours for yourself now and adhere to them, even if you don’t have any clients yet. Use that time now to work on business building. You can always change and tweak the hours as you go, but having hours will get you focused on running your own business and you and your family will respect it.
Figure out your services and target market, and focus your marketing efforts around solving a problem for them. Then find out where your target market spends their time (online and offline) and reach out to them.
3. List Building
Start building a list of interested prospects right away. What does that mean? When you create your website, also create some kind of freebie that they can sign up for so that you will have permission to email them in the future. Since it takes several times for someone to see you and your info before they make a purchase, if you show up in their inbox with helpful tips and info, you will stay top of mind when they need your services.
I hope those tips were helpful to you. Want more like them? Be sure to sign up for my free report and newsletter, and those tips will magically appear in your inbox! Want a little more guidance to get out of the overwhelm and make your virtual assistant business a reality? Let’s work together to make it happen!