When I first started out my virtual assistant business I would have given anything for someone to give me a floor plan, a road map, even a flashlight that would have pointed me in the right direction. I muddled around, stumbled around and searched and searched for clues to exactly what I needed to make my new venture a successful one. I desperately wanted to succeed.
Luckily, I had a few navigators that were gracious enough to point me in the right direction, giving me enough directions to light my path to the next destination on the map. Even the smallest guidance and insight was valuable. Never under-estimate the least amount of expert guidance you received. Who is considered an expert? Anyone who has gone before us and lived to tell about it (just kidding).
There are some basic business needs that apply to almost everyone who is taking the leap into business as a virtual assistant. The truth is there are some basics that we need set up just to make our business stay afloat. These basics include:
ONE – A website – a website is today’s business card. When someone is looking for anything from a book about quick and healthy cooking to a place to workout, from how to potty train their child, to low cost ways to advertise they are going to Google it first. The only way we’ll be found on Google is to have a high-quality SEO (search engine optimized) website.
TWO – A list. In business today a list of contacts is worth gold! We cannot expect to make the first cent in business or even to help the first person without knowing WHO it is that we’re going to sell to or help with our expertise. That’s why we need a way for people to “opt-in” or basically give us “permission” to share information with them and ultimately to sell to them.
THREE – A presence on social media. – Social media is the new billboard, the new networking group, it is the place to be. Show up on social media and people will be able to get to know you, like you and trust you. This will help them to want to do business with you. You want this to happen. My top 3 go to places for social media are Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. These are where we should start. Get started with those by signing up for an account and creating your profile, then begin connecting with others, because that’s what social media is all about connections and relationships.
I hope these tips have helped you to navigate the starting roads of a virtual assistant just starting out in business. Don’t be afraid to just start! If you have questions ask me at http://alyssaavant.com/ask