When you are running a business, there comes a point when the you realize that you’ve been spending way too much time managing the mundane tasks. Tracking payments. Making calls. Creating excel sheets of customers’ database. Organizing the to-do list. Managing inventory and suppliers. Researching. Scheduling interviews. Drafting emails.
The list is endless.
It makes you exhausted, frustrated and you might even consider giving up and closing shop.
There are a lot of business owners right now who are in that same exact situation.
Enter the virtual administrator…🙌
As a virtual administrator, you can help fellow entrepreneurs manage their businesses. When their business is able to grow and succeed, you get to skyrocket your virtual admin business too!
Let’s get your virtual admin business rolling in just a few steps:
Create Your Online Presence
Since you are going to be virtual, you will most likely be getting the majority of your clients online. And this means you will need to have a strong online presence.
Create a social media page for your business. If you don’t want to be active on 10 different social media platforms at once, choose ONE platform where your target audience is going to be active. I would recommend aiming for Facebook first, since that’s where your market will be saturated. If you already have a personal Facebook page, start advertising there. Let your warm market know what you are doing and how they can benefit from your services. If Facebook isn’t where you want to start Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn are also good options to explore.
Let’s take it one step further, and create your website. It doesn’t have to be fancy. A simple one-page website works wonders, if you plan it the right way. Remember to include your list of services, testimonials, a way to contact you, and a portfolio (if possible).
Don’t Be Afraid To Invest in Yourself
Take up a virtual assistant course. While you could learn the ropes when you dive into the market, taking a course will put you on the right path from the beginning. It will give you all the tools and tips you need and clear out the initial hurdles.
If finances agree, I would recommend taking up a course. If that is not the case and you want to save up, then join Facebook Groups where other VAs hang out. You could learn a LOT from them. Ask questions. Take suggestions. Make connections. You could even get your first gigs on those groups, and grow from there, I sure did!
Never Lower Your Prices
As a virtual administrative assistant, there will definitely be times when you come across a prospective client who thinks your rate is too high. Even virtual administrators with an hourly rate of $10 or lower, get this. It is usually not about your price, its about perceived value.
The best piece of advice I have to skyrocket your virtual admin business is, ‘Know the value of your service, and sell that’.
Because when you lower your prices, your quality suffers and the perceived value diminishes. You still want to achieve your financial dreams because you have milestones to achieve. So, in order to make that dream a reality, you can take on more clients, but eventually you will spread yourself too thin.
When you maintain your price point your limited/curated clients will received better quality work, and you will have more freedom with your time. You will have a portfolio and a recommendation list to show to other prospective clients. Plus, your existing clients would be willing to recommend you more.
Pair Up With Another VA
Seasoned VAs or virtual businesses usually have a lot of clients and once they start growing, they require virtual admins for not just their work, but they also have clients who are looking for virtual admins.
When you pair up with VAs, you will probably would be asked share more about what you do. Now, your networking!!
If you are new in the business, don’t lose that opportunity because:
a) you will get more work from these VAs through their clients.
b) If you observe them closely, you’ll learn a lot from them too.
Learn and Grow
I personally know a few VAs who started as virtual admins, but later grew into social media managers or even project managers. As you skyrocket your virtual admin business, invest in yourself and your business.
You can also take up courses that interest you. Don’t ever pass up an opportunity to learn more about your craft.
Learn to adapt yourself to the growing market conditions. Look at the trends in the market, and adapt your services according to those trends.
The initial few months of launching and growing your virtual admin business might be slow, but once you get your first few clients, the road will be easier. And with these tips, you will be able to skyrocket your virtual admin business in no time.
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