When I was first starting out as a VA, I listened to WAY too many people. I listened to them saying things about making sure to put a little chart on my website showing just how much money people can save by hiring a virtual assistant instead of an in-house assistant.
“You have to educate people on what a VA is and how we can save them money.” (Dude, my bet is on the smart people finding me – they already know the value of virtual, that’s why they’re looking for me!)
“If you price yourself too low, you’re going to make the rest of us look bad.” (Trust me, that’s not what’s making you look bad.)
“I make all my clients fill out a questionnaire of about 20 questions so I know exactly what they are looking for in an assistant.” (First of all, you MAKE your clients? I wouldn’t make my clients do anything. Secondly, it’s my belief in my own business (and my practice), that I’m here to support them in making their lives easier and less full of, oh I don’t know, filling out forms?)
Which brings me to my point.
Because believe it or not, I do have one…
Don’t make your prospective clients fill out a form.
Sure, you can have it on your website and they can fill it out if they choose. That’s fine. That’s dandy. That’s probably smart – to give them an option… but for goodness sake, don’t make them. They don’t have time! That’s why they need YOU.
Case in point:
I joined twitter in May 2008. In August of 2008 I signed up for Tweetbeep, which was a service that would alert you when your chosen keywords were tweeted. (Not sure what really happened to it. It worked fine for a little while but then was rather sporadic and now is nonexistent it seems.) Anyway, I got an alert that someone was looking for a Virtual Assistant. I sent her a light and friendly tweet letting her know I was a VA if she wanted to chat at all. She sent me a DM with her phone number, asking if I would mind calling her for a quick conversation.
So I did. And she hired me (Yay! She was my first client from Twitter!). You know why she hired me?
“Oh my God, thank you. Every other VA that reached out wanted me to fill out some long questionnaire and I just don’t have time for that”.
~ The End ~
You can call it Secretary’s Day, Admin Assistant’s Day, Clerical Worker’s Day, or Administrative Professional’s Day. Whatever you choose, it’s happening on April 25, and we’re throwing a party!
Join us on Twitter and Facebook for some tips on becoming a VA, tips on using a VA, tricks of the business, shortcuts to making your life easier as you work from home, 2 new products being launched, and discounts and giveaways throughout the day – but ONLY to those who join us online for the party, and ONLY on April 25!
Full details of the Admin Assistant’s Day party here.
See ya on the 25th!