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How To Make Money With Your Own Virtual Assistant Business
by Liz Folger: Bizymoms.com

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How To Make Money With Your Own
Virtual Assistant Business
Published with permission from Liz Folger: Bizymoms.com

So you want to start your own virtual assistant business. Great! I assume you want to start your own VA business not only to own your own business, but also to make money. More and more businesses are outsourcing and paying VAís, and there is no reason why you canít be one of them.

Youíve got your business name, all the office equipment you need, and youíve got the determination to make your business a success. So now the big question is, how do you go about finding clients?

What Type of Services Will You Provide?

We all have certain areas where our talents and interests lie. You have so many choices as to what areas you want to special in. Thereís a good chance you already have experience in some of the specialty areas.Maybe you donít even realize all of the areas VAís are working in.

Hereís just a small sampling of the services you could offer:

  • Administration
  • Writing services (technical or creative)
  • Proofreading and editing, research (online or traditional)
  • Scheduling
  • Bill paying
  • Simple website design
  • Newsletter distribution
  • Reminder services
  • Event planning
  • Concierge services
  • Research
  • Data processing/data management
  • Desktop publishing
  • Transcription services
  • Mail and email services
  • Telephone/fax services
  • Internet services
  • Bookkeeping
  • Purchasing services
  • Marketing services
  • Personal services

Once you know the types of services you are going to offer, itís time to find you some clients.

What to Charge

It isnít too hard to figure out what to charge. Start by contacting local support service businesses in your area. Ask them if they can send you a price list. Get several of these to learn what everyone else is charging. You donít want to charge too much and you donít want to under price yourself so you look like you donít do great work. Find the happy medium and go with that amount. Prices are not set in stone. If you have to change your prices down the road, so be it.

Get Some Business Cards

If you want to look professional, make sure you get your business cards right away. You never know when you might meet someone who needs the services youíre offering. When that time comes, all you need to do is pull out your card and hand it to them. Never be without your business cards!

Here are some great sites where you can get business cards from free to as low as $10 for 250 cards.

(Try them out for free)

Tell Your Circle of Friends and Family About Your Business

Since you already have a relationship with your family and friends, donít forget to tell them about your new VA business. While your brother might not need your services, thereís a good chance that he might know someone who does. You can start networking right away with those you already know.

Think about designing a letter or oversized postcard about your service and send it to everyone you know. Maybe even include a picture of yourself, the name of your business, the services you offer and ask that if they canít use your service, to please recommend your business to others who might.If you send a letter, include a couple of your business cards for passing on to your possible clients.

Send Out Press Releases

A press release is a great way to start your business off with a bang. I want to mention here though that a press release is not something you just send out when you open your business. Iíll talk more about this a little later.

Here are some great places to find press release tips and templates:

Where to send your press releases:

  • Local Newspapers
  • Local Business Publications
  • Local Radio Talk Shows
  • Local TV News Stations

Online sites to send your press release for free:

http://www.prweb.com/aboutg.php

PrWeb is free and you can pick what area you want your press release to be distributed to.

Other reasons to send out a press release:

  • Youíre offering a new service
  • Launching a website for your business
  • Youíve won a high profile client account or contract
  • Youíve had an unusual challenge or adversity and overcome it; especially when others thought it couldnít be done.
  • You participate in a fundraising event or you are to serve in a charitable organization.
  • Youíre offering or sponsoring a workshop, seminar, or conference
  • If youíre changing the company name, location, web address, or product name

Iím The Answer to Your Problem

Convincing your future clients that they should hire you might seem a little scary at first. But once you build more clients, and they start telling you what a godsend you are, your confidence level is going to soar.

Here are some convincing ideas to consider...

Tell your future client why they need you. Maybe you work odd hours, or you have very reasonable rates. Go over the services you offer and why you are so good at what you do.

Explain to the client what skills you possess, your background, and your education.

You can help your client catch-up on a backlog of work that other employees arenít able to get to.

You offer reduced costs and expenses for your client. They donít have to pay you benefits or sick time.

You will help their business grow with your marketing techniques.

Thanks to the technology that is currently available, using your services will save the client money. Explain that you reduce overhead. They only pay you for work completed. They arenít paying someone if there is no work to do. Plus your client doesnít have to pay for sick or holiday time, or for health benefits.

It wonít be long until youíre confidence, strong and bright, shines through. You wonít have any problems explaining to a future client that you are the right person for the job, or that you are the solution to their problems.

So What Are You Waiting For?

Making money in a virtual assistant business can be done. Full time VAís are making about $38.000 a year. This year, why canít that VA be you?

For more information about this business visit: Bizymoms.com

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Liz Folger is the founder of Bizymoms.com. The #1 Goal of Bizymoms.com is to help women find a business they are proud to own, and then help them, step-by-step, make their home business dream a reality. Bizymoms.com has been helping moms become business owners since 1997. The site offers many resources from online chats to e-books and online classes. Just recently theyíve added home business career kits that are proving to be quite popular and much needed.
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by Liz Folger:
Liz Folger is a Work-at-home Mom Expert. For more information on starting this business visit: Bizymoms.com!

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