5 Secrets of Successful Virtual
The success of a virtual assistant depends upon a number of
different things, from dedication to work to how good they are at what they do.
The most successful virtual assistants utilize a small toolbox of secrets that
they use to develop their work life and to build on the potential that they
already have. Let's take a look at five of the secrets of the most successful
1. Set up tools that
position you as a professional: Virtual assistants are a new breed of
professional, and as such, for you be considered a professional, the
presentation of your work as well as things like your invoicing and business
correspondence should reflect your professional nature. A professional website
(preferably with a domain-specific email address), billing and invoicing
software such as Freshbooks and time
tracking and scheduling tools like MinuteDock
and Google Calendar that are
essential to getting your job done in an efficient and timely manner. There are
a number of tools out there that can do these things quickly and easily.Choose
the one that feels right to you.
2. Develop a strong
relationship with your clients: Interpersonal
marketing is a major issue when it comes to virtual assistants. Let’s face
it, email exchanges and web conferences don’t help to build the kind of strong
interpersonal relationship you want to have with your client. To truly develop
a rapport with your client, consider the things that you can do to make your
client’s project easier. Always have him or her up to date with what you’re
doing and why you’re doing it. Learn their business so you can make valid
contributions to their discussions and spot the things they may have missed. All
of these things lead toward your client considering you
much more than just another virtual assistant.
3. Have a dedicated
work space: One of the major problems that digital assistants face is their
non-work lives interfering with their work. The best way to deal with a
situation like this is to have a dedicated work area such as a home office.
Having all your equipment in one dedicated place that is sequestered away from
the rest of the house does wonders for your productivity and are far more
conducive to the type of work a dedicated virtual assistant does.
4. Ask for referrals:
Your business grows based on referrals. A good way to deal with referrals is to
approach your client as soon as you complete a job and ask for feedback. This
helps you in two ways: first by giving you an honest appraisal of your work,
and second by allowing you to approach the client for a referral on the same
questionnaire. Leveraging your clients to help boost your business is a tried
and tested method of building your virtual assistant business.
5. Specialize: The
virtual assistant market is becoming quite competitive. There are a number of
ways that you can face this problem, but the most effective would be to
specialize in a particular field. Virtual assistants can develop skills that
can lead to becoming experts in a particular field such as Search Engine
Optimization or Social Media. Going the extra mile to become an expert in a
field makes you far more suited for some positions and allows you to get hired
over other virtual assistants that lack your specialization.
Through it all, virtual assistants are at the forefront of
technology and have been featured in a number of different business magazines.
Virtual assistants represent the evolution of the personal assistant industry
and growth into the information age. Embracing technology has made life easier
for these professionals in many different fields, but only now are they
realizing how much of an impact a virtual assistant can make in their day to
day lives. Are you ready to use these secrets of successful virtual assistants
to further your business goals?