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Finding Services You Can Add to Your VA Business

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Finding services that you can do for your clients in your VA business is an important factor in creating a thriving business. Coming up with new services and learning new things will help creating a long lasting business. It’s important that you don’t become complacent in the services you offer now, because technology changes and suddenly what you were doing becomes old news.

Keep Reading Industry News

It’s important to stay up-to-date in your industry. If you can join a VA group such as VAnetworking.com, then do so. You’ll get to speak with successful Virtual Assistants who know the business, as well as find jobs if you’re a paying member. They do a lot of seminars too which are always very interesting and informative. You can also set up a Google Alert to get news about your niche, so that you can stay in formed.

Keep Learning New Things

There are a variety of courses that you can take to help keep you up-to-date on learning the newest most popular and in demand skills that you need. It’s important that you don’t trade learning for doing, but it is also important that you spend some time learning new skills, like WordPress skills, so that your business will always be vibrant and full of clients. You have to remember that sometimes technology, as great as it is, will kill off some jobs. But, if you keep ahead of it and stay educated, you’ll be able to keep your business going for many years.

Network With Other Virtual Assistants

I have a small group on Facebook that I run, and I have other groups that I don’t run that I’m part of. I try very hard though to not spend too much time messing around on social media. However, my association with other Virtual Assistants is helpful because I can refer clients to someone else if I really can’t or don’t want to do certain tasks. I can also outsource a few things so that I can open up my business to more clients.

In addition, it’s nice to talk to other people who get it. Kind of like being around the water-cooler at work. (My group is by invitation only so if you want to join drop me a message with your Facebook email address here.) You can learn about a lot of new things by staying in contact with other VAs even if they’re your competition. Believe me, there is enough work to go around.

Consider Your Target Audience

I know that I tell you this all the time, but if you don’t understand your target audience it will be hard to come up with new services for them. Spend some time studying them. If you’ve built up an email list of clients past, present and future, why not ask them what types of services they need? You can send them a quick survey to get an idea of the type of tasks that they’d like to have completed for them. Knowing your audience can make all the difference to the type of training you choose.

Finally, the key to making any type of training, networking, and learning work for you is to implement what you learn. Don’t learn something new like how to run online events, and then decide to now learn how to make Facebook Business Pages. Instead, each time you learn something new, implement it. First, do it for yourself, and then do it for a client. Only then should you start seeking out more training. After all, the point is to find services that you can add to your virtual assistant business, not be in never ending training.

 

 

 

About Stephanie Watson

Mom | Wife | Virtual Assistant | Content Strategist
Stephanie has been working from home for over 20 years as a virtual assistant, template bender, and content writer. She's currently transitioning to business coach. You can learn more about her at her website http://www.barrypublishing.com.

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