Working with Authors and Speakers – Rewarding and Profitable

I often talk to Virtual Assistants who are struggling to find clients. When starting a business one of the most pressing concerns is generating revenue. In an effort to fill their practice they try to be all things to all people. In many cases, after years of experience in administrative roles in the corporate world, they have many skills and experience that can be valuable to many different kinds of clients. Casting a wide net will surely yield the best results in finding clients – right? Actually, the answer is no.

When I first started my business as a Virtual Assistant I developed a list of things that I could do to help busy entrepreneurs. With over 25 years in a variety of different industries, the list was VERY long. I even created a brochure that listed them all! But what I found was that it only confused potential clients about how they might use my services. There is an old adage in the marketing world that says, “A confused mind says no.” I found that to be true and a disappointingly small percentage of the people I spoke to about using my services actually became clients.

I did manage to establish some ongoing client relationships and my business was underway. I pitched my services to many people in networking and in replying to requests for proposals through several VA groups. My rates were not very high (after all, I was desperate for clients) and when I spoke to potential clients I always felt like I had to compete on price. I found myself struggling to make a real profit in my business.

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International Virtual Assistants Day is May 19th

International Virtual Assistants Day has been observed on the third Friday of May since 2006.

Virtual assistants are independent contractors who work remotely either by themselves or with a team of experts.

What does it mean to work remotely?

Usually working from their home office they provide administrative and/or technical support for clients in a variety of industries.

Virtual assistants own their own business and work independently or assemble a versatile team of other virtual independent contractors. The members of the group work independently, have shared interests and use technology to communicate and collaborate. Virtual teams bring together people with the best expertise, regardless of where they live.

When working remotely or working as part of a virtual team you rely on email, instant messaging, and video chat to communicate.

“As technology continues to evolve, implementing telecommuting policies will become easier—leading your business to save money on overheads, while keeping employee retention high thanks to a better work/life balance.” Global Telework 2016 Survey Results

Getting started

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The 5 Most Debilitating Thoughts of a Self-Sabotaging Entrepreneur

We often talk about the many things that help build a successful business. At the same time you are doing the positive work to build your business you may be indulging in self-sabotage. Recognizing and eliminating your own self-sabotaging behaviors will not only make it easier to be successful in your business it is key to living a happy life in balance with your business goals.

There are lots of things entrepreneurs do to get in the way of their own success. These are five of the most debilitating:

  1. Negative mindset
  2. Lack of self-confidence
  3. Doubt
  4. Jealousy
  5. Fear of failure

Self-sabotage is when we say we want something and then go about making sure it doesn’t happen” — Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby

Has this ever happened to you? You’re thinking or wishing something would happen and then, BOOM! It happens?

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Leading Opportunities for the Virtual Assistant as a Professional Author’s Assistant

Author’s assistants have been around for hundreds of years. But today being an author’s assistant has taken on new meaning and relevance with the increasing numbers of authors and the rise of self-publishing.

The self-publishing revolution made possible by Amazon.com and print on-demand (POD) technology has made it possible for writers, speakers and subject matter experts realize their dreams of being published—but they need help to do it in a professional way.

Author assistants have the privilege of knowing that they are vital to the important creative and artistic work of the literary world. Believe me, there is nothing more exciting and fulfilling than seeing a book you helped create sitting on a bookstore shelf or for sale on Amazon and available to the whole world! It is extremely satisfying to know that you were a big part of making it happen and getting it there.

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