How do I find clients?

I have been trying hard to establish my business online but am having no luck. I do not have a lot of money to market myself and I do not know how to get clients online. I have tried to use Virtual Assistantville and even Elance. Is there anyone who could advise on how to obtain clients and grow my online business. I would greatly appreciate any feedback. Thank you in advance.
 

ftrammell81

New Member
I have been sending messages to connections on LinkedIn just basically saying that I have started a virtual assistant business and looking for clients. I have had a few respond back stating that at this time they don't need a assistant but will definitely keep my info. I do have one person that responded back and asked that I call Monday in reference to a assignment. Other than that I have mailed letters out which I have not got a response but not going to stop. And also I just voice, word of mouth, what I am doing which a ex coworker stated she could use me as a assistant. Hope this helps!!!
 

deedallas

New Member
Yes just keep your online marketing going also word of mouth is the Best Advertisement and Don't Give Up we have All been there. Stay Focused
 

Your Virtual Wizard

Community Leader
Hi Toni,

This is a question that is often asked here on VAF.

My best response begins with knowing who your targeted market is from the very start. Who is the audience you want to reach and what can you do to solve their specified solutions? Make sure that all of your marketing is reaching this audience on a consistent basis.

Are you using social media and again, are your profiles reflective of the audience you wish to reach?

You say you used Virtual Assistantville...is your directory set up there? Have you sent in RFPs from Virtual Assistantville and from here, Virtual Assistant Forums?

Volunteering is one of the methods I used to build my business. I received testimonials from my volunteer work and helped me to network with people who could see my talents.

Have you offered to subcontract for another VA? There are classified ads here to peruse.

Another good source for finding work is to join some of the VA groups on Facebook. VAs who want to subcontract out parts of projects or even opportunities they hear about will post on these groups. Just keyword 'virtual assistant' in the search bar on Facebook and select groups that seem to be the most active.

Is your website set up with a free opt-in such a tips page or a free download to collect email addresses. Once you have collected enough email addresses, send out a newsletter or a page with valuable information that can keep your name 'in the mix'. People will often call for a VA after having read something you offered in a publication.

Using video to offer value to your target market is a low-cost, even free venture. Offer tips and tricks in videos, post them to YouTube, your FB page, your website or even here on VAF to let people know how you can help them.

Finally, I have to emphasize RFPs again...Request for Proposals as these were a vital asset to to me for building a business. Check out RFPs here on VAF, on Virtual AssistantVille and on some of the other sites that offer RFPs and send out winning proposals. Make sure your internet presence reflects what you state in your proposals. If you submit a proposal for a social media specialist but you are not active on social media, this could be an issue with a potential client. And be sure to follow-up once those proposals are sent to potential clients.

I have written a 10-part series here in my community blog on tips for sending in winning proposals. Here is the link http://www.virtualassistantforums.com/blogs/your-virtual-wizard/

Please post back if you have any questions. You have come to the right place for support.

Janine
 
Thank you all for your insight. The biggest challenge for me is trying to stay motivated but I see that it does work and I am determined to keep moving forward. Thanks again.
 

ftrammell81

New Member
I understand about staying motivated. I have started and stopped so many times due to not having patience. Trying my best this time around to stay motivated and continue to push for my dream...being my own boss.
 

Your Virtual Wizard

Community Leader
Trammell,

What keeps you motivated? Does working on a team keep you motivated? If so then, perhaps you can contact VA teams to see if they can use your help.

I took a look at your website and I don't really see who it is you are targeting for your audience. And I do not see what services you offer. What are your specialities?

If you want some feedback and suggestions regarding your site, I'd suggest you create a separate thread and ask for website feedback. Here's the link for website feedback http://www.virtualassistantforums.com/websites-blogs

So many of us at one time were where you are now and the help from those on this site has helped us to succeed.

Janine
 

Brookie

New Member
I really just started using my LinkedIn account for this purpose..i searched for VA's and some come up but when I tried to connect it said you must know this person personally. I was surprised..isn't the whole point of connecting...connecting with ppl you do not know? Hmmm..I'm confused lol I guess I don't understand LinkedIn 100%
 
I'm using 4 methods on getting clients

1.Find clients - Blog sites,social sites,
2.Business mettups,local events
3. Job sitess (elance, upwork)
4. Their office or place of business

Hope it helps
 

Brookie

New Member
Sorry, I meant sending an inbox message to ppl I personally know on Facebook--as opposed to just posting on my page, "Hey everyone...please check out my new site for my business, etc...". I was thinking it was better to take time to inbox ppl directly since a lot of ppl do not read every post on their newsfeed.
 
Hi Brookie! What I ended up doing when it came to telling people I know on FB about my business, is I went through and only PM'd those who I knew could potentially use my service or was someone I knew would have contacts they could refer me to. That way I wasn't "spamming" my whole FB friend list with my business. I made sure to make each PM I sent personalized to how I could help them, or how I could help people they know.

I did the same with my email contacts :) The biggest suggestion that I can say about PMing ppl on FB (and other SM sites) is to make it personal to each and every one of the ones you reach out to. Hope that helps!
 

Brookie

New Member
Hi Brittany! Thanks...I've actually been doing something similar on FB...and I got a warm lead from it so it does make sense to take time to do it. But I did not do that with my email contacts...I sent a general message but that's a good idea..I should write ppl personally....
 

SaraD

New Member
All such great tips. Thanks for sharing these Janine.
I would have to agree, your target market is key. (highly defined target too)

What problem are you solving and for who?
 
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