We’ve come to the last in this series of 10 steps for virtual assistants to help you build a client base that provides you with an income that you are satisfied with, that satisfies you professionally, and all while doing something that is so important but frequently left out of a description of a successful job or career — doing something you actually LIKE and that makes you happy! (To begin at the first step in this series, click here.)
This series of articles was presented from the perspective of a virtual assistant who currently has an existing business or at least already has the specific skills necessary to be a virtual assistant, and would like to add or obtain new or additional clients. At the end of this article, we have provided several well-respected resources that you can check out if you are interested in more detailed, specific training or instruction.
#10 – Working With Other Virtual Assistants to Build Your Business
There was a time when people would never consider partnering with their ‘competition’, that was just crazy-speak! With the ability of the internet to interconnect people and create so many opportunities some people now refer people who do similar business to you as ‘co-opetition’.
Cooperating with other virtual assistants to help build your business is simply smart marketing. The truth is not every client is going to want to work with you, and you are not going to want to work with every client. There could be many reasons for this including a mis-match of skills to needs, a disconnect in working habits or maybe a difference of opinion in how things should be done. No matter the reason, you simply can’t work with everyone. It is best to accept this fact, not view this in a personal way, but as a professional, who graciously accepts that one customer may not be a great client for you, but you may know someone else that would fit their needs, and then move on to focus on finding your next potential client.
What you can do is work with a team of virtual assistants of varying skills that as a collaborative have more power than any one individual. Your weaknesses and strengths combined will be stronger than one VA on her own.
Not to mention how much you will learn by working with other virtual assistants, especially if you are new to the field.
Here are a few ways to work with and benefit from relationships with virtual assistants:
Some virtual assistants work solo, others work as a large team. A multi-VA team usually starts as a single VA who then decides to expand. They get too busy to handle all the work on their own (or simply don’t want to) and decide to hire on other virtual assistants to grow their business. This is where you come in. You are called a sub-contracting VA. Generally when you do sub-contracting as a virtual assistant you work with the client but you get paid by the multi-VA company who hired you.
Another way to work with virtual assistants is to set up a group where you have a number of complimentary services. This is different from the sub-contracting model because you all work independently and refer off to others when it’s not your skill-set.
No matter how you do it, working with other virtual assistants to build your businesses side by side can be a profitable venture. Always be open to the opportunities around you and you’ll start seeing more of them available than you can ever have time for. Then show those clients how well you can get the job done while continuing to build your thriving virtual assistant practice.
All the best in your efforts to build a long-term, sustainable business!
Virtual Assistant – The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought VA Stands alone as the leader in books on starting a virtual assistant business. As the longest standing book in the industry, it’s often referred to as the VA Industry Bible, and cited as a “must have” tool for all VAs, new and aspiring. Leaving no stone unturned this book sets the stage for starting, operating, and growing a successful and PROFITABLE virtual assistant business. It has been instrumental in the success of administrative and executive assistants, word processors, and other corporate professionals realizing their dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. Along with their personal experiences, the authors also include words of wisdom, tips, and tricks from numerous industry professionals through the ever-popular “In Their Own Words” section at the end of each chapter and featured throughout the book. This will enable you to see how others are making their businesses successful and provide you with a blueprint on how to do the same with yours.
Become A Virtual Assistant – By Virtual Assistant Plan.com
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In this step-by-step guide you’ll: Determine the services you will offer, Learn how to start part time OR full time, Decide on the rates you’ll charge, Find out how to get clients and KEEP them, Learn how to develop a thriving and profitable virtual assistant practice.
VANetworking– VA Networking Forum has a free forum and a section for the paid members. A fairly popular and active forum for virtual assistants.