7 Steps to Start an Online Virtual Assistant Business
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- 1 7 Steps to Start an Online Virtual Assistant Business
- 2 Narrow down on the services you wish to offer
- 3 Draw up a list of potential clients
- 4 Decide on a business name
- 5 Form a business and marketing plan
- 6 Build a website and an online social media authority
- 7 Build up a client list and provide excellent service
- 8 Find people in your niche to talk with
- 9 Pros for moving forward as a virtual assistant
- 10 Cons for being a virtual assistant
- 11 My Conclusion On This
COVID-19, social distancing, and 10 of thousands of people being laid off work every day throughout the world, the world as we know it will never be the same again.
Today I will be covering seven steps to start an online virtual assistant business that will help you get through the rough times that are happening throughout the world now.
With the world in such an upheaval, employers across the globe realize that virtual assistants are going to become more of the norm in the future once we get through of all these hard times.
The first thing you need to do is choose what type of niche you want to work in. From there, you’ll have to set up your virtual business.
Narrow down on the services you wish to offer
There are hundreds of services out there that can be provided as a VA. You will first need to narrow down to three or four niches that you enjoy.
Don’t try to do things you do not know; there will be plenty of time in the future if you want to learn new skills.
Draw up a list of potential clients
If you know some people who might be interested write them down if you don’t make a list of possible markets that will suit your skills.
There’s a broad range of people out there, from sole proprietors to small businesses. Every industry out there is looking for people to do the work; you have to find the right clients.
Decide on a business name
Your business name should be unique, but don’t try to narrow it down too far into a specific niche in case you wish to expand your business in the future.
After all, you wouldn’t want to call it the content writer when you might in the future wish to do data entry as well.
Form a business and marketing plan
Your first business plan doesn’t have to be set in stone, but it does need to cover the basic needs for your business when you first startup.
How you going to fund and organize your business initially. The initial startup costs will be low, but you have to consider that.
Decide what services you are going to provide and to what market do you wish to promote them to. This will ultimately be the cornerstone of your business.
Work out a marketing plan, who will you most likely clients be, and where do you think they are located, then you have to figure out how you can help them to get the services that they need.
These will be essential. Once you have those questions answered, it will be easier to build your marketing plan in the future.
If you want to work from home, then you’re going to have to let your clients know that you are an expert in your field. I have found that the best way to do this is to build your own website.
This will be a showcase of all your skills, and you’ll be able to refer your clients to your site, and they will be able to get a gauge of what you are like as a virtual assistant. It is your personal CV.
(Example you create spreadsheets, put a few basic samples on your site for people to download, it builds instant rapport with your audience.) You can use the same idea for any of your specialty skills.
Social media will also be a significant factor of your business try to find out where your clients hang out and focus on one media platform to start.
Do they hang out on Facebook? On Pinterest? Become an expert on the social platform that interests you the most, then in the future, if you wish to branch out.
Now follow your clients, that is one way you can let them know that you understand their brand and what they require.
Build up a client list and provide excellent service
Now that you have your plan in place it’s time to start working on getting your first clients and delivering top quality work to them on time and a regular basis
If your clients are happy with your work, ask them if they have any referrals for some of their friends, usually they always know someone who is looking for someone to help them with their overall business needs.
Ask your clients for some feedback as well, and don’t be hurt if they have a criticism because, in the long term, it can improve your business, and you will learn from your mistakes in the future.
And because you are listening to your client, you will build a stronger rapport with them overall because they know that you care about your work.
If you have positive referrals coming back from your clients, ask if you can use them as a testimonial on your website for going forward. Positive feedback is worth its weight in gold.
Find people in your niche to talk with
You will find that working from home can be a very stressful job at times because Cause it times you can feel isolated, there is no one to lean on.
Find a social group in your niche out there that you can have a chat with any time and to give you some advice from time to time, or have a bitch about anything you want to get it off your chest.
The old saying it is better out than it is true, sometimes that is the best tonic for moving forward.
Find a group of people who have similar goals as you and work with them; it will help you build a successful business over time.
Pros for moving forward as a virtual assistant
Here are some of the key benefits of starting a virtual assistant business
It’s easy and low-cost to startup. if you already have the skills and the software, it makes it a lot easier
While it is preferable to have a specialty skill to start with, you can start by doing general services and then work on training for a specialty niche that you like.
You can ultimately decide whether you want to provide a general service to a variety of clients or whether you wish to drill down into a specific niche.
You can sort out your schedule to work around your life. Some businesses may ask you to work a specific time frame.
If you don’t wish to do those fixed time frames, there are other clients out there who will need you to get the work done in your own time.
Cons for being a virtual assistant
Unless you already have access to someone to a client who is ready to take you on or have access to a network getting your first client will be hard work.
It can be hard to justify your prices to clients considering a lot of overseas virtual assistants charge a meager amount.
You will need to stay up to date on all the new products and services that are in your specialty niche to stay ahead of the competition.
You will be trading your time for money, and it can be hard to keep up if you don’t have the get-up and go each day to complete the tasks required.
My Conclusion On This
When you first start, the business can seem a little overwhelming, but once you get it up and running, you can either stay part-time and earn a few bucks, or if you wish, you can go all the way and turn it into a full-time income.
Once you start going, start to drill down and specialize in one or two skills. The more specialized your qualifications are, the more you will be able to justify your price because your clients want quality work done first up.
In the end, once you’ve built up a large enough customer base, you can also sub out a bit of the more basic work to a team of your virtual assistants that you can organize to do the essential work for you.
Overall this business will not succeed overnight. You have to have patience and build it up at a day at a time as long as you keep the quality up for your clients to see your business will build very quickly.
Hi there everyone my name is Kevin Delahaye and I am the owner of Niche Marketing Toolkit.
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