How important is your website to your service provider business? Amazingly I still see some ‘so-called’ experts telling people it’s not all that important. In the recent past I’ve overheard at least two conversations in which the expert told the new business owner to ‘just get a free website or Facebook page‘. If I hadn’t been in a public place I probably would have screamed “Noooooo”, much like Obi-wan Kenobi when his mentor Qui-Gon Jinn was struck down by Darth Maul.
Many times we spend so much time and energy on finding clients that we fail to see other equally as important aspects of marketing our small businesses. One of those aspects is the way we introduce ourselves and our businesses. As a small business owner, you need to separate yourself from all of the other … Read more
I love being a virtual assistant. I love educating others about virtual assistance. And I love helping new virtual assistants get started. With that said, I also believe that if you’re thinking about becoming a virtual assistant there are some things that you shouldn’t need to be taught.
The whole concept of a virtual assistant is that clients are hiring someone who is technology savvy. After all, we rely on said technology to do our jobs right? Yet more and more I’m being contacted by new VA’s asking for help with things that I feel they should already know or at least be aware of.
1. You should know how to do a comprehensive search with a search engine.
2. You should be aware of Word templates and how to use them. This is office administration 101.
I hear you out there. Those unspoken responses to my previous post. You know, the one where I said that getting clients wasn’t about price? Yeah, that one. And you’re thinking, “Those points are well and good if you have clients already, but how do you build trust in the beginning. You know, when you’re just starting out?”
It’s still about building trust, even when you don’t have satisfied clients to give you glowing testimonials.
Since my post on virtual assistant rates continues to be discovered and enjoyed almost two months after I first published it, I thought perhaps it was time for another post on pricing for service related businesses. Yes, that includes virtual assistants.
And since we already tackled the issue of not charging enough, let’s move on to the first major complaint I get when I tell people they need to raise prices.
“It will keep me from getting clients.”
But that’s just not true.
Think about it. How much does their mechanic charge per hour? How much do they spend eating out per month? People will pay for what they want or what they need.
It’s not your price that keeps them from working with you.
Don’t let the title mislead you, this post is for both those of you that are interested in using a virtual assistant as well as virtual assistants themselves ( and those that want to be one). I love hanging around the virtual assistant forums. It’s become just one of the ways that I try to … Read more
In the seven prior posts in this series, we’ve covered the preparation and search for a virtual assistant. We’ve also touched on how being an ‘ideal’ client for your virtual assistant can benefit the relationship as well. Our next top secret tip actually expands on one of the items that we identified as being a … Read more
Previously in this series we’ve been focused on preparing and finding a virtual assistant that fits your needs on several levels. In this tip we’ll be exploring the experience after you’ve signed the contract. We’ll start with: Top Secret Tip #7: Ideal Clients get Ideal Service In a previous post we talked about defining what … Read more
“Start Blogging Today can give you the tools and the steps you need to use social media and a blog to market and promote your business online. Whether you are a brand new to blogging or you have an existing blog, Start Blogging Today will put you on the right path.” I’ve mentioned here before … Read more