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How to Land Your First Client as a Virtual Assistant

More people are crossing over from the grind of the 9-to-5 office job to the convenience of becoming a Virtual Assistant. No longer will you have to deal with the hassles of the daily commute. No longer will you have to bear the inanities of office politics. Finally you have a job that measures revenue with the effort you put in.

If you think becoming a Virtual Assistant is “utopia” for professionals, think again. Wanting to become a Virtual Assistant is different from actually becoming a Virtual Assistant. It’s an arduous step-by-step process where you simply cannot put the cart ahead of the horse.

There is no denying that many have made the successful transition from the brick- and- mortar world to the virtual world. But there are also many who fell short.

The high demand for virtual assistance services has blown open the gates of opportunity to other likewise talented and skilled individuals. But it has made competition for services tighter.

Your success as a Virtual Assistant lies in your ability to land the first client. Given the depth of competition, how can someone without experience or body of work to show for land his or her first client?

Identify Your Value Proposition

What will be your main service offering as a Virtual Assistant? You must have at least one service that you can present as your key enterprise. This is the best way to pinpoint or align your online marketing and promotional strategies.

Create an Online Profile

Your online profile must be current and updated. Regardless of what anyone says or what you read, include a professional head shot. In the virtual world, trust is difficult to ascertain. Businesses would prefer to deal with a face behind the name.

Open Online Accounts

Elance, Guru and Freelancer are among the most popular online job sites. Open an account with each of these job sites plus others that offer projects along your core competencies. You can also search for sites that offer virtual assistant services, such as Smart Virtual Assistant. 

Use Social Media

Many of these social media networks have focus groups. Check which focus groups are involved in your industry or share your interests. Sign up with them and try to engage in group discussions. Visibility and activity will increase awareness of your brand and highlight your expertise.

Bid as Often as Possible

Landing a client is a numbers game. The more bids you put out, the higher the chances of success. Try to submit at least 2 bids every day. At the end of the month, assuming you put out 2 bids in 3 online job sites, you would have sent out 132 to 180 bids. To land 1 client, you have 1/132 probability of being rejected.

Do Not Prioritize Your Earnings

If you are trying to land your first client, you should be prepared to compromise your planned earnings. Without any client history and body of work, you will have a difficult time justifying your rate. As the saying goes, “The proof of the pie is in the eating.” Land the client first, consistently do a great job then the rest will follow.

Landing the first client will always be the most difficult and challenging aspect of becoming a Virtual Assistant. Only focus on what you can do and what you can accomplish. Keep moving forward and remain optimistic about your chances of securing a contract. With time, dedication and patience all of your hard work will yield the desired results.

5 Effective Home Selling Tips for FSBO

5 Effective Home Selling Tips For The For Sale By Owner Contept

5 Effective Home Selling Tips for FSBO

FSBO or For Sale By Owner is a fast growing approach to selling property. It means you forego the services of a real estate agent to sell your home. By doing so, you increase the net return on the sale of your home because you no longer have to pay commissions and have more control over sales- related expenses. All told, going FSBO can help you save up to 6% to 8% in costs.

The key component in FSBO is marketing and promoting your home. You should generate as much interest in the first 2 months of putting your property in the market. Your goal is to sell you own home within 4 months. Otherwise, interest and the perceived market value may start to decline.

Here are 5 effective home selling tips if you decide to go For Sale By Owner:

Hire a Virtual Assistant

In order to yield productive results, you must be efficient with your time. Selling real estate involves different tasks outside marketing. You will need to prepare and review contracts, take in calls and organize home visits.

When it comes to organizing your tasks, your best option would be to hire a Virtual Assistant. A VA is highly skilled in providing administrative and support services. Best of all, hiring one will not cost much as you pay them only for hours rendered.

Fix Up Your Home

Although it is understood by buyers that purchasing property means acquiring it in its present condition, you should still make an effort to fix up your home by instituting minor repairs and improvements.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money. You just have to make sure the house is tenable. With the cost savings, you have a budget to cover the repairs. If your house is valued at $500,000, initially allocate 1% or $5,000 for improvements.

Get Professional Help

You will need great quality, high- resolution photos for your marketing collateral. Even if you have an iPhone 7 Plus with its dual camera function, do not take chances with the images.

Hire a professional photographer with experience in taking home shots. He or she knows the best lighting and angles that can present your home in its most flattering positions.

Create an FSBO Account

Ask your Virtual Assistant to create an account for you in a reputable FSBO site. These are websites that assist property owners who want to sell their own homes find prospective buyers.

If you choose the free option, you will have to update the images and content of your FSBO account. The Virtual Assistant can do this for you as well as engage with potential buyers.

Utilize Social Media

Social media is a powerful tool to help distribute content. Your Virtual Assistant can find out if your neighbourhood has a community page online and try to get you in.

Once you’re part of the community, a fellow member may be able to help you sell your home. The VA can also post content in your other social media accounts to push your property further in the market.

It is very important that your social media accounts are linked to the FSBO account. That is where interested buyers can view the property in greater detail and get more information about your home.

Keep in mind that marketing is a process. It will take some time to see results. The most important thing is to keep pushing your property via online and traditional channels.

You should consider having flyers made or ads published in local media. Studies have shown that if you combine online marketing with traditional marketing, you could improve the probability of a sale by 15%.