Q/A: How to Market My Virtual Assistant Business

How to Market a Virtual Assistant Business

Question: I need some guidance. I am planning on creating my own business in virtual assisting. I need wisdom in how to advertise my business. I need to know how to get started. Any links would be more than appreciated. Thank you so very much.   Answer: Most of the Virtual Assistants I know get their start by first creating a basic website- can even be a 1 page site with a way to contact you. Then they all go to sites like Elance and Odesk to look for work. Start small- building up from there. Once in a while you will find clients who turn out to be long term, repeat business and word of mouth. Once you have experience you can usually land a couple of well paying clients who can take up most of your available time and you really wont have to market as much. I have learned through chatting with others and running a web design service- there is no better marketing method than word of mouth. Here is a VA Guide to starting your own business written by a VA friend of … [Read more...]

Virtual Assisting at Time etc

virtual assistant for time etc

Virtual Assisting is a broad job title. Essentially it is someone who works remotely to assist a client. How they assist the client can vary from basic data entry, website assistant, answering emails, making phone calls and really- as you can imagine- the list can go on and on. Being a virtual assistant is a great way to take your skill set and make a living online- from home. However, with competition from around the globe and finding many clients are short-term, being a virtual assistant can be a challenge. Welcome Time etc. What is Time Etc? Time etc is an American Virtual Assistant business with 100s of assistants working part time. Working for a company like Time Etc allows you to spend less time searching for clients and proposing bids and more time being paid to work for steady clients. Time Etc has an interesting background with one of their leading virtual assistants having been a personal assistant to Sir Richard Branson for 32 years! That certainly has had to have … [Read more...]

Review of GetACoder

Review of Freelance Bidding Site

Are you a freelance writer who is always struggling to find work? Do you have a limited marketing budget to advertise your services? Have you exhausted the content mills? Well, then GetACoder might be the freelance place for you. What Exactly is GetACoder? GetACoder is a freelance writing site where freelancers go to bid on jobs. GetACoder likes to call itself a "global services marketing place" and has providers in 234 countries to back up that claim. GetACoder also prides itself on being a site that breaks down the barriers between buyers (clients) and providers (freelancers) then provides the necessary collaboration tools to help them get the most out of the relationship. In other words, their unique platform is a way for buyers to manage their projects just as easily from the budgeting side as from the project management side. GetACoder is similar to most bidding sites that providers (freelancers) an opportunity to create their portfolios and bid on jobs as well … [Read more...]

When To Seek Help from a Virtual Assistant

Find Out How you Can Buy Time!

We've talked many times about making money as a virtual assistant. But you can also make money by hiring a virtual assistant. If you are running your own business or you are a freelancer who finds there are not enough hours in the week- then you will appreciate this advice. Buy Some Time!   As your business is growing and becoming more and more profitable,  you will find your time is very valuable. It can be highly frustrating when you have to spend precious time doing mundane essential tasks that feel like time suckers. As a professional blogger I have found myself in this place. There are some big things I could be doing to help my websites be more successful. From marketing to tweaking WordPress coding- I have a huge to-do list that I never actually get to. Instead, I spend most of my time doing work that HAS to be done but in all reality- I don't have to be the one doing it!   I Can't Afford to Hire Help! Paying a Virtual Assistant to handle those … [Read more...]

Review of Outskirts Press

Outskirt Press work at home jobs

Do you enjoy reading and feel passionate about promoting books that you believe in? Do you ever fantasize about the glamorous world of book publishing? Well, then Outskirts Press might be the ideal work-at-home (WAH) job for you!   What Exactly is Outskirts Press? Outskirts Press is a full-service, online self-publishing and book marketing company for both aspiring and published authors. It was incorporated in 2003, and in 2007 The Denver Business Journal recognized the company for being the third fasting growing privately held company in Denver, Colorado. Outskirts Press offers first time authors or even seasoned authors the chance to promote their book in a variety of ways. Services such as ghostwriting, proofreading, book cover design, and marketing are all offered individually or in package deals. Books are usually in paperback form with POD (Print On Demand), but there also e-books versions available and books on CDs or e-reader versions offered (Kindle, … [Read more...]