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Finding Virtual Assistant Jobs

FINDING VIRTUAL ASSISTANT JOBS

If you're reading this it's because you're looking for a job.

Let me jump on my soapbox.

Becoming a virtual assistant is NOT another "job".  When you work as a VA (virtual assistant) you're working with clients and the last time I checked, when you have clients you've got yourself your own little biz-ness.

In any case here are a few places you can look to find your next client.

Virtual Assistant Forums

If you’re looking to become a virtual assistant this should be your first stop. Sign up for free to the Virtual Assistant Forums and you’ll be able to search for open virtual assistant jobs, post a question in the forums, or run a search in the shops for learning tools on how to get started in the VA business. Once you’ve created a website for your virtual assistant business you can submit your site to the forums and get seen by prospects looking to hire.

Hire My Mom

HireMyMom.com helps stay-at-home moms  with at home work positions.  HireMyMom.com has a yearly membership fee of $99 and a membership criteria that you must meet.  They will do all the marketing for you.

eaHelp

eaHelp is one of the leading virtual assistant staffing firms in the United States.  They source high quality executive virtual assistants and place them with clients in the U.S. and globally.  Check out their careers page to see if they're hiring. Be ready for a grueling interview process.

Zirtual

Zirtual is another great option to work for a well known virtual assistant staffing firm that finds clients for you.  They work solely with U.S. based virtual assistants so if you live outside of the U.S. this company isn't for you.  Be ready for a grueling interview process.

LinkedIn

There is an option to search for jobs on LinkedIn. I recommend going into the advanced search area and type in virtual assistant. In general there isn’t a lot of traction for the term “virtual assistant” in the search query but sometimes you can find some great opportunities. Before you apply for the job make sure your LinkedIn profile is completely filled out. In addition make sure you've read my blog post on how to find clients using LinkedIn by clicking here.

Virtual Assistantville

Virtual Assistantville is a premium virtual assistant directory. You do not need to have a website to be listed directly. All you need to do is sign up, select a package and finally create your listing. You can upload a logo if you have one and a tagline and you’ve got a mini-website. The purpose of this directory is to help potential clients find you.

Twitter

I've covered this one on a previous blog post so check that out by clicking here and go and open up a Twitter account today so you can find your first or your next client.

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How do you find clients?  Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Rock on,

Reese

Convert Visitors Into Leads With a Well Written Website

Your website is the main hub of your virtual assistant business. The primary goal of your website is to convert visitors into leads. To do this your website copy needs to be persuasive. I am writing this blog post in hopes to get you to realize that copywriting is one of the most essential elements of effective online marketing. Without effective copy for your virtual assistant (or any business medium) website you are leaving money on the table.

What is persuasive web copy? Take a look at Task Rabbit’s website. Pay attention to their tagline “Do More, Live More, Be More”. The next thing to grab your eyes is their header “Get just about anything done by safe, reliable, awesome people”.

These may seem like silly statements to you but these words sell. They grab your attention. They keep readers interested spend more time on Task Rabbit’s site.

How do you write persuasive, professional copy on your website? You’re in luck. I’ve done the research for you and compiled a ton of resources to save you time.

After you’ve checked out all the resources below leave me a message in the comments. Let me know what changes you’ve made to your website copy and be sure to include your website’s url so we can all provide feedback! I can’t wait; this is going to be fun!

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5 secrets to writing non-sucky copy for any business. This is a FREE downloadable from Laura Belgray, one of my favorite copywriters.

Why writing a persuasive About page is critical to your online virtual assistant business. This is one of my favorite topics by Derek Halpern, an Internet marketing genius.

Copywriting 101 – How to craft compelling copy for your website

Write like you talk! Four Steps to Finding Your Ideal Writing Voice

6 Steps To Get Started As A Virtual Assistant

6 steps to get started as a virtual assistant

6 steps to get started as a virtual assistant

One question aspiring virtual assistants ask me all the time is “how do I get started as a virtual assistant?  I've got a whole lot to say about this, after all, it's what I do..teach women how to become virtual assistants.  So check out the short video below as well as what's underneath.

 
 
  • Start marketing yourself as a virtual assistant to everyone you know. You have to get into the entrepreneurial mindset and shout it from the rooftop that you are open for business.

  • Create a professional website. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a website but you DO need to have a professional image on the internet. I spent a little over $300 on my first site. Want to create an awesome website without a designer on a shoestring budget? It's possible. I wrote a post about that here. Once you have a website (and even if you don't have a site yet) make sure you have a professional email address. Don’t go using something childish like hotstuff77@yahoo.com - that is not going to go over well with prospective clients and will make you look like an idiot (don’t go there).

  • Highlight your experience. Are you insane about organization? Did your mom let you loose in her house when you were a kid because you just had to put everything in color-coded folders? This is relevant information! Use it to your advantage and include some real-world business experience as well. One of my readers is a teacher and wants to know how to translate teaching experience into virtual assistant expertise. Hell anyone that can manage 30 kids has MORE than enough experience to become a VA. Teachers have to create weekly schedules, participate in teacher/parent meetings and much MUCH more. I personally think teachers have the HARDEST job and I have nothing but respect. Start by making a list of what you do on a daily basis, then break that down into skill sets and then have someone help you create an online resume on LinkedIn that really showcases your skills!

  • Communicate what you do. Now that you’ve created a list of your skills, write a paragraph or two describing how those skills translate into benefits that your prospective clients can use to help them with their business. You might need some help with this from a friend who can provide an objective point of view.

  • Get some client testimonials. Okay, I know you’re thinking "how on earth am I going to get testimonials", I don’t even have clients! Here’s how you do it. Go out and offer your services for free or at a discounted rate in exchange for a great client review. Showcase these client reviews on your website and your LinkedIn profile.

  • Network, network, and network some more! I can't stress enough how important it is to just go out and talk to people about what you’re doing. I live in Israel but most of my clients are based in North America. I am constantly networking on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. All you have to do is join a conversation, provide value by answering questions and lending your expertise. I landed my first and key client by joining a conversation about what women executives should wear to work during summer months and the conversation was centered on pantyhose! One of the women participating in the conversation decided to check out my profile on LinkedIn and started a conversation with me about virtual assistance. Go figure!

If you prefer more face-to-face networking then attend a meet-up at your local Chamber of Commerce, BMI or join a local networking group on LinkedIn (i.e. LinkedIn San Francisco always advertises free or minimal cost networking events).  Go to these meet-ups prepared with a business card (don't have one? Go here.) and a 1-minute spiel explaining what you do in 1 minute or less.  Don't forget to BE CONFIDENT.

Nothing turns off someone more than a person who is unsure of who they are and what they do.   Here's an example - I am a virtual assistant that specializes in database and calendar management, OR I am a virtual assistant that specializes in event planning for corporate off-site events.

For those of you who are interested in joining an already established virtual assistance business here are a few companies that are looking to hire.   Take it a step further and research for yourself on Google as there are literally hundreds of VA firms that are hiring right now.

To get hooked up with some like-minded individuals who are total newbies to the virtual assistant industry just like you join my Facebook group, The Virtual Assistant Tribe. This is a group filled with total newbies and some pretty hardcore, successful virtual assistants that can and will answer all of your questions plus I'll even jump in from time to time.

I'd love to hear from you. How did you get started as a virtual assistant? What additional questions do you have about starting a career as a virtual assistant?

xoxo,

Reese