January 1st, 2013 by Sue L Canfield
Most new Virtual Assistants have many questions about their new business venture. It can be quite confusing to know what choices to make since there are so many. I've created a free 10-page report that answers just five commonly asked questions by new Virtual Assistants. There are of course many more questions you will have. I encourage you to follow this blog to find additional information and resources to help you succeed in your Virtual Assistant business.
The 5 questions that will be answered in this free report are:
1. What Kind of Investment Should I Expect to Make to Be a Successful Virtual Assistant in 6 Months?
2. How Can I Market My Business?
3. What About Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure?
4. What Topics Should I Write About On My Blog?
5. How Do I Raise Client Rates?
There is also a Bonus section with some ideas on how to proactively market your business. There are no strings attached to get this report. I don't even ask for your email. Just download the PDF of 5 Questions Commonly Asked by New Virtual Assistants by clicking here.
December 22nd, 2012 by Sue L Canfield
As we wrap up 2012 and look ahead to what's ahead in 2013, now is a good time to review what you can do in next year to make it the most successful year yet in your virtual assistant business. Here are 3 Quick "C" Tips for success.
1. Consistency - Whatever you do in your business in 2013, be consistent. Create a marketing plan that shares your messages in a regular, consistent manner on a weekly basis. Clients will also appreciate knowing that they can depend on you to be consistent in always getting work done and reply to their inquiries in a timely manner.
2. Collaborate - Don't be afraid to collaborate with your colleagues - particularly if a client asks you to do something you haven't done before. Working with a fellow virtual assistant to provide the best possible service to your client is much better than trying to struggle to learn something you are unfamiliar with. If you need help finding a fellow virtual assistant to collaborate with, contact me at email@example.com and I will help you find someone - at no charge.
3. Commit - Commit to doing your very best every time. Commit to learning all you can this year to make 2013 your best year ever - even if that means investing in a book, a coach, or additional training. Commit to providing the best possible service to every one of your clients.
These are just 3 Quick Tips for success in your virtual assistant business. For more tips, continue following our blog.
January 20th, 2012 by Sue L Canfield
I am working full-time and trying to get clients for my business. The hardest part is marketing and writing a blog.I've started a blog but what topics can I write about? What about marketing?
It's got to be tough working full-time while trying to start a business. On the other hand, that gives you an income you can count on while you work on building your business.
Since you have such a busy schedule, it's important to make an appointment with yourself to make time to work on your business, write blog posts and market. Then keep your appointment as though you were meeting with a new client!
Here are some suggestions from the Action Guide, Building Blocks: Succeed as a Chief Virtual Officer:
- Write a "how-to" article or a "ten tips" article
- Answer questions you get from prospects and clients as a blog post (much like this one)
- Invite prospects to write guest blog posts.
- Write about a client's success
- Post a list of relevant links with a short comment on why you found each valuable
- Share a recent experience you had
It's very helpful as part of your marketing strategy to also visit other blogs and post comments there that will link back to your own blog.
More tips on blogging and marketing can be found in the Action Guide, Building Blocks: Succeed as a Chief Virtual Officer.
What topics do you write about on your blog?
October 20th, 2010 by Sue L Canfield
Do you have a client that seems to be constantly unhappy? Perhaps they honestly feel you haven't been taking care of their tasks and projects the way they'd like you to. Even when you've done all you feel you can they are still unhappy and loudly and unpleasantly let you and others know. It may be time to let them go.
If you've done all you can, it doesn't matter if they are right or not. You will do more harm to your business keeping them as a client. As we state on page 39 in The Commonsense Virtual Assistant - Becoming an Entrepreneur, Not an Employee: " If you decide that an ongoing relationship will do more harm than good to both of you, calmly, politely let them know that you've done all you can. Apologize that you haven't been able to make them happy. Express a genuine hope that someone else who offers the same product or service will be able to do what you can't. And that's all."
Have you had to let a client go? We'd love to hear your thoughts.
August 8th, 2010 by Sue L Canfield
The Client Communication Clinic we hosted in Vancouver last Friday was great! We finally met Renee Shupe, The Redhead VA, in person. We also met an aspiring virtual assistant and are meeting again this coming week while we're still in the Vancouver area.
Joel and I will be in the Vancouver area until August 23rd at least. We'd love to meet other local virtual assistants in person and chat with you about your business. If you were unable to attend the Client Communication Clinic and would like to receive the instructional materials, we'd love to meet with you and provide you all the materials for the same cost as the Clinic.
We will meet with you in person anywhere within the Vancouver area at a time convenient to you for up to 3 hours and provide:
1. Client Communication Clinic CD package ($100.00 Value) - over 5 hours audio and 7 Special Reports on the following topics:
- Identifying Your Ideal Client and Target Market
- Networking Creates Word of Mouth Referrals
- Converting Prospects to Clients
- Effectively Marketing With Your Newsletter
- Bonus Tips: Grow Your Business as a Chief Virtual Officer
- 7 Steps to Small Business Marketing Success by John Jantsch, Duct Tape Marketing
2. Building Blocks: Succeed as a Chief Virtual Officer, a 72-page action guide. ($19.95 Value) We use this action guide during the Clinic. You will also receive an Implementation Checklist to help you implement what you learn from the CD and Action Guide in your business right away!
3. Personalized business advice and answers to your questions about your Virtual Assistant business.
All this for $100.
If you'd like to take advantage of this special offer, use our contact form and let us know where and when you'd like to meet and we'll work out all the details.