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Advertising Your Virtual Assistant Business

By Norberto Mercado

There’s nothing new about advertising your business to get leads and sales, it’s been around since the beginning of business. If you have something to offer you need to tell people about it so that they know you exist, plain and simple.

 

What is new is how we advertise. There’s offline and online. There’s QR codes and social media. So how do you choose?

 

Unfortunately there’s no simple answer here. Your end-goal with advertising is a high ROI (return on investment). How much you can afford to spend on advertising is going to be unique to every single person, business and budget.

 

Take some time to really consider and brainstorm where you’ll find your target market. These potential places to advertise a virtual assistant business may help:

 

Offline Advertising for Virtual Assistants:

  1. Local offices of related businesses. (bookkeepers, real estate agents, etc.)
  2. Local WI-fi hotspots that have boards or card-holders.
  3. Chamber of Commerce meetings.
  4. Meetup.com business groups.

 

Online Advertising for Virtual Assistants:

–        Advertising spots on relevant websites. (marketing advice, business topics, etc.)

–        Listings on sites that offer RFP (request for proposal services)

–        Online directories of Virtual Assistants (like Shelancers.com)

–        Special offers on membership sites that allow member offers.

–        Facebook advertising to your specific demographic.

 

My advice to you when going after business is to be aggressive. Don’t sit back and expect things to just flow to you. You need to grab yourself by the collar (tricky, I know), pull yourself up and us all the energy you have to get your business moving.

 

It’s a challenge to get the momentum going but once you do it will be greatly worth it. People can feel a business in momentum. It will shine through in your advertising, your graphics, your content and pretty much everything you do. You don’t get momentum through one ad.

 

Tracking is very important, however. I want to be very clear that I’m not suggesting you just throw out payment after payment without any idea how it’s working. Technology these days gives you no excuse not to know what the return on your investment really is. Watch what’s making you money and keep doing it, drop what isn’t.

 

In the end you don’t need a whole lot of clients to make good money as a well-paid virtual assistant. Get yourself out there, get that first client and then make a plan to get more. There are many people in need of your help and it’s your duty to put your business in front of them.

There’s nothing new about advertising your business to get leads and sales, it’s been around since the beginning of business. If you have something to offer you need to tell people about it so that they know you exist, plain and simple.

 

What is new is how we advertise. There’s offline and online. There’s QR codes and social media. So how do you choose?

 

Unfortunately there’s no simple answer here. Your end-goal with advertising is a high ROI (return on investment). How much you can afford to spend on advertising is going to be unique to every single person, business and budget.

 

Take some time to really consider and brainstorm where you’ll find your target market. These potential places to advertise a virtual assistant business may help:

 

Offline Advertising for Virtual Assistants:

  1. Local offices of related businesses. (bookkeepers, real estate agents, etc.)
  2. Local WI-fi hotspots that have boards or card-holders.
  3. Chamber of Commerce meetings.
  4. Meetup.com business groups.

 

Online Advertising for Virtual Assistants:

–        Advertising spots on relevant websites. (marketing advice, business topics, etc.)

–        Listings on sites that offer RFP (request for proposal services)

–        Online directories of Virtual Assistants (like Shelancers.com)

–        Special offers on membership sites that allow member offers.

–        Facebook advertising to your specific demographic.

 

My advice to you when going after business is to be aggressive. Don’t sit back and expect things to just flow to you. You need to grab yourself by the collar (tricky, I know), pull yourself up and us all the energy you have to get your business moving.

 

It’s a challenge to get the momentum going but once you do it will be greatly worth it. People can feel a business in momentum. It will shine through in your advertising, your graphics, your content and pretty much everything you do. You don’t get momentum through one ad.

 

Tracking is very important, however. I want to be very clear that I’m not suggesting you just throw out payment after payment without any idea how it’s working. Technology these days gives you no excuse not to know what the return on your investment really is. Watch what’s making you money and keep doing it, drop what isn’t.

 

In the end you don’t need a whole lot of clients to make good money as a well-paid virtual assistant. Get yourself out there, get that first client and then make a plan to get more. There are many people in need of your help and it’s your duty to put your business in front of them. Good luck!

 

 

Giving Away Virtual Assistant Services to Win Clients

By  Norberto Mercado

The first challenge to getting new clients is getting them to trust you with their business and their money. It’s not an easy challenge to overcome. That’s why the technique I’m going to share with you in this article WORKS, and works well. What I’m suggesting is…. working for FREE (cue big gasp of horror from the audience).

 

Why work for free? Well it makes sense. Many virtual assistant companies offer a free consultation where the client can ask questions and you can explain your process. You need to stand out from the crowd and win the business.

 

Here are two reasons why offering a free sample of your services works:

It eliminates the risk factor. Business is risky from all sides of the fence. It’ risky for you and it’s risky for the person doing the hiring. They’ll be trusting you to work for them and get results. They’ll be taking their valuable time and money to invest in your services and they want to choose wisely. You help them not waste their time by proving yourself before they ever pay a penny.

 

It builds the relationship. Working well together is all about having a good relationship. It’s really hard to do great work for someone who doesn’t like you and vice-versa. If you offer a little sample of your work you create an instant relationship positive and they like you already! That’s a great start.

 

Before I get the fifth degree from some die-hard virtual assistants I’ll admit that this technique of getting new clients is risky. You just need to be smart about what you’re doing and you’ll eliminate a large part of the risk.

 

You’ve probably heard the saying “Why buy the milk when you can get the cow for free?”. Yes some unscrupulous marketers may go around getting freebies and never be willing to pay, it’s true. That’s why it’s your responsibility to do your research and hand-pick the clients you want to work with.

 

That’s right. Don’t just take any ol’ Billy-Bob who comes to hire your services. Make sure they are the kind of person you want to work with, the kind of person you’ll love to work with and who you can create a rewarding relationship with. When I used this technique for my own business I went to online marketers who I already had a relationship with and who’s business models I greatly admired. This allowed me to know exactly who I was going to be working for. It also gave me the added bonus of learning what they did in their own businesses to make them a great success!

 

If you’re thinking giving a sample of your work away for free might be a good idea for you, here’s a bit of a game plan:

 

Offer a small sample of your work, one to three hours would be good.

Offer the work no-strings attached, they’ll hire you if you’re needed.

Only offer to people who are interested in hiring and who need the help (research).

Do an amazing job.

Ask for referrals and/or testimonials in exchange for your free work.

 

Finally, this isn’t a technique to do all the time. It’s one you will use for a hand-picked group of highly sought after employers. Try it once and see what happens. You really only need one good high-profile client who loves your work to get great referrals for a long time coming.

 

All the best in your client-getting goals.

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