What do 10 Steps to a Perfect VA Involve? Well, 10 Steps of course!
The first one is self-explanatory, you need to introduce yourself to the big wide web or rather, market yourself. This means marketing yourself across all social media platforms, creating yourself a web presence, fully filling out your Facebook page, LinkedIn profile, Insta, Twitter, Pinterest and so on.
The next step is then the Team. Team? I hear you ask, there is no I in Team! Haha, well, of course, being a lone worker is no fun, is it? In my journey in becoming a VA, it was important to me to earn my stripes so to speak, so I undertook some Approved training, and this allowed me to join a fabulous group of VAs and an ongoing group afterwards which provides support, mentoring and social events too! There is, of course, the ultimate requirement for ‘getting yourself out there’, – Networking! You need to ‘be seen’. It is imperative to network with the appropriate groups for your niche, and I’ll come to that later.
Moving to 10 Steps to a VA – Point 3, we have a ‘Problem’. What is the problem that you are trying to solve for your client? Is it really a problem, or is it just ongoing work that needs doing? You need to discuss with your client what their requirements are and what you can do for them.
On to Step 4, we have the Advantages. This is where you can make a difference. How are you special? What makes your service a ‘cut above the rest’? What can you do that is that little bit extra, what do you do that goes the extra mile? There are many Virtual Assistants nationwide and we all work remotely, so our client base can and do choose VAs from any location, so you need to have something that comes from your advantage-base.
Step 5 of the 10 Steps to a VA gives us the Solution. A solution already? Well, you need to let your client know how you are going to solve their problem, or at least come up with some proposals in the discussion. This will be the format of the proposal prior to your booking form, terms of business and if necessary your data processing form.
Your product in Step 6, goes on to you showing how your product or service actually comes into play. How do you undertake your services? Are you on-site? Are you remote? Is it both? What services do you offer, what don’t you offer and so on.
Your market – Step 7 – You need to know your market or your audience. This seems to be a bug-bear for many new VAs. It is important to try to find a niche or target-market for yourself. You need to look at your skill-set, previous employment sectors, interests etc and hone this down as to who you would LIKE to work with and it will come eventually. You need to create your niche then marketing to your target market becomes easier as the ‘big wide web’ is too big to market to everyone!
In a way, Step 8, Competition is a little like Step 4 looking at how you are different to others, but here you need to look at your competition with more focus. Once you have established your difference from step 4 then you can see how your competition applies it, and become competitive in your own arena and marketplace and now you have created your niche, (you have got your niche, now haven’t you?) you are in the perfect place to hold your own.
Step 9 – The Business Model. This is where you look at how you are planning to make money. You will have looked at your rates, broken down the value of your hourly rate, what percentage is going to pay for your taxes, holiday pay, insurances, training, registrations and so on and so on. You then need to create a schedule for when you expect your revenues to come in – your business plan.
Finally, Step 10 – Investing. What are you planning for? What are your budgets? What finances are your looking for? You need to have planned for all of this. If you had planned well, and like myself, had taken some training, this was all covered in your VA training modules, so you will be fully prepared to be set on your way by now.
Hopefully, you have enjoyed reading through my 10 Steps to a VA and it has prepared you to venture out to make the appropriate moves in your ongoing journey to becoming a great Virtual Assistant.
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