Virtual Assistant Services In Demand!

Everyday we receive emails from people asking for contract on-line work – work they can do using their own computer from home. They offer services like wordprocessing, data input, email management, article writing, web-design … and the list goes on. Their messages indicate to me, that many virtual “work from home” businesses are struggling to get enough clients to make their virtual assistant business viable.

This is how the typical enquiry goes “I’ve been running my own Virtual Assistant Business from home for 3 years now. It’s a part-time business for me right now but I’d like to expand and I do have capacity to take on extra work. I’d like to apply for a contractor position within your company …”

Is that you? Are you desperately trying to break away from the office politics and set yourself up to work from home. I don’t blame you – I’ve been there. Or maybe you have already started your own business from home but are struggling to find clients and build your income. I’ve been there also, so I know how you feel. It isn’t easy right?

The thing is, you can turn this around. You can have a stream of clients, lining up willing to pay for your services. Services you can deliver from your home office, in your PJ’s if you want.

To be successful one thing you do need to do is offer the RIGHT kind of services. There are so many services you can offer – database entry, letter distribution, transcription, article writing, web development, customer service ______, ________ Fill in the gaps – the list is endless. Nowadays anything that can be done in a regular office environment can be done from your virtual office.

So the thing here is, you need to make sure the services you are offering are in DEMAND. Ask yourself – What do my clients really want? What are they asking for? How do you know that’s what they want? What am I doing to keep myself up to date?

If you want a healthy, thriving and profitable virtual assistant business – you need to know the answers to those questions.

Right now, I’m going to give you a quick tip … By asking your clients the right questions, you can find out what they really want. One of the processes we have in place is a start-up questionnaire for prospective clients. When a client visits our website, we ask them to fill in a questionnaire. Through that question, we know what it is that our clients are asking for – we can find out what they really want from us. I’m going to lay it out for you real simply here. These are the top 5 services our clients are asking for. These are the top 5 services they want – every time.

Here they are:

NO 5: Blog Set-up and Support

NO 4: Newsletter/Ezine Marketing Design and Distribution

NO 3. Website Design and Webmaster Support (especially WordPress)

NO 2. List Management and Shopping Cart Assistance ie. Infusion Soft, 1Shopping Cart, Aweber

NO 1. Social Media Management – Twitter and Facebook Growth strategies

This is not the exhaustive list, but it gives you a good idea of what our marketplace is asking for.

If you’re not offering at least one of the services listed above, you’re crazy!

If you don’t know what they are you better find out.

And if you know what they are but need helping getting the skills you’ve come to the right place, just register for our VA tips above and you will receive our upcoming training alerts and articles.

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  • I am looking for new clients who need social media and blog management assistance. How do you find such clients? That’s my biggest problem – finding those who are looking for the services I offer.

    • John Dionysiou

      Hi Ashley

      Check out our webinar at http://www.myvplace.com it has some great tips.

      I would firstly put the word out through your clients. I find when we have needed
      more clients we just mention it to your current clients. You will find that they have
      a network or mentoring group they are a part of and will happily refer.

      Also, in your field you need to have that social online precense so make sure your
      stuff looks good and customers will have that confidence. Send me your website
      and other important links for me to have a look at – just want to make sure your
      offering is compelling.

      One more question – who is your target market? Social media and blog mgmt are
      really broad services do you have a niche?

      Let me know happy to check out your stuff.

      Regards

      John

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  • Thank you for your well researched insight into exactly what clients need in today’s market. I myself am just starting out and really appreciate these marketing tips.

    • John Dionysiou

      Hi Suzanne, glad to help. Please keep in touch we have some very exciting training coming up for startups.

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  • yea! thank you for sharing this, I have been wondering this exact question as my VA business is approaching 1 yr….I don’t have many clients and I need to get more soon, the income I make from this need to be made now. 🙂
    I do know some of these skills, I guess the task now is to up the advertising and networking to gain that traffic to my site and more clients. 🙂

    • John Dionysiou

      Hi Katherine

      Yes advertising and marketing to play some part. We have never had to advertise because we have many of our client from word of mouth.

      We have been in your position in the past until we unlocked the key to steady income.

      There are a few things we suggest :-

      1. Connect with us through facebook and signup for your VA tips. We are release some great free webinars soon so you can expand your skill base.
      2. Dont just offer services on your site, offer benefits – you have inspired me to write about this on my next article.
      3. Ask for referrals from your clients, we discuss this on our work from home webinar (www.myvaplace.com)
      4. You may have to invest to get the specialist skills to build on.

      Hope this helps,

      Please keep in touch and thanks for your comment.

      John

  • Anonymous

    One of the best moves I made recently when talking to clients was to create a document that helps them identify where they are spending too much time in their business, what do they want to do more of but don’t know how i.e. social media marketing, and what is the most important thing to them when hiring a VA. It has really helped to give focus to the client consultation and scope out their requirements clearly from the outset. Great blog post 🙂

    • John Dionysiou

      Great comment and thank you. Yes we have similar processes for our clients. You see many Virtual Assistants think that have to SELL. But when you help a client identify the areas they need help with, and give them the confidence you can help – the sale is done. Thank you for sharing,

      John Dionysiou