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Why Certification Helps You Land Great Clients

Approved There are many reasons why you might want to become a certified virtual assistant. But the most common reason that a virtual assistant chooses to become certified is so she can get more clients and more lucrative work. Whether you work with solo-preneurs or large corporate executives, becoming certified can open doors for you to grow your business like never before. Here are a few reasons why certification can help you land those great clients.

Certification increases a potential client’s trust.

Thanks to the World Wide Web, anyone can put up a website and claim to be a virtual assistant. These phonies may just be posing as virtual assistants to take advantage of clients that are unfamiliar with the concept of outsourcing. By the time the client realizes he’s been scammed, the phony VA could take down their website and create a new one.

Certification lets potential clients know that you’re not a scammer. Of course, scammers can claim to be certified, too. But a quick Google search can confirm that you really are certified as a virtual assistant. When potential clients see that you are who you claim to be, they’ll be more likely to trust you with their business.

Certification gives you an edge.

When it comes to applying for virtual assistant jobs, you want to make sure you have an advantage over the other applicants. One way to show that you’re more qualified for the job than anyone else is to mention your certification.

A hiring manager will look at your resume and be more likely to hire you because he knows that he doesn’t have to teach you everything before you can begin work. Instead, he can give you a simple introduction to how things are done at his business and pass off a list of tasks to you. This frees him up to focus on tasks that generate revenue.

Certification shows clients that you’re serious.

When you’re certified, you’re sending the message to potential clients that you’re serious about your online business. Clients know that you aren’t just claiming to be a virtual assistant but you really are one and that you’re willing to do the hard tasks that lead to success.

Becoming a certified virtual assistant will allow you to go after bigger clients and increase the trust you already have with your existing clients. It will also help you, too. You’ll be more confident and do a better job of marketing your services once you become certified. I’ve tried out a few courses and training programs personally and have compiled a list of those that impressed me. Check them out and let me know if you choose any of them.

Get some expert advice to attract new clients to your Virtual Assistant Business

brightfutureaheadCheck out this blog post:  Expert Advice: How to Attract New Clients. 

I’m included, so I thought you might want to take a look. It’s got loads of great advice in it and I think you’ll really get a lot out of it.

Cindy Bidar has an exciting program called The Educated VA. It’s a great membership program that you might want look into that will help you get educated and learn the most up to date information regarding your career and business. Click here to learn more.Educated VA Membership

There is no reason to reinvent the wheel, when other people have done it successfully before you, learn from them. Sure, it’s your business and you can choose to do what you want, but why not learn from others too? I know I wouldn’t be where I am now without having learned from others.

Read the blog post and then pick up the guide. Let me know how you attract new clients and keep the ones you have happy. I’d love to hear from you. Also, if you have any questions feel free to drop me a message. I might feature your question on a blog post here on Virtual Assistant Moms and include a link to your VA site.

If you’d like to be featured in a Pod Cast I want to bring back my popular pod-cast series where I talk to Virtual Assistants to find out what makes them super excited about their business. Click here to fill out the form. Even if you’ve filled out the form before, or been interviewed before fill it out again, just in case! I’d love an update on anyone, and I love to interview people. Don’t worry it’s recorded, and I’ll do it on your time table.

If you’d like to become a regular guest blogger on Virtual Assistant Moms you can do that too. There are many opportunities on VA Moms to promote yourself and your business as well as learn where to find the best training.

Gain experience through training programs

One way you can get experience as a Virtual Assistant is through certifications and training programs. Working as a Virtual Assistant we are expected to know how to use many different programs such as Basecamp, iShopping Cart, WordPress and more. If you haven’t used any of these programs yet, it is important to seek out training so that you can add this knowledge to your offerings.

There are a lot of places online to get training and prices vary greatly. One of the places that offers such training in separate software packages is Seven Winds Academy. You can get classes in iShopping Cart, WordPress, Typepad, Web Collaboration programs, and so much more. You can sign up for just what you need, or you can sign up for individual classes.

While I don’t believe that you must have specific VA certification to become a VA I do believe that it helps. In any profession training and certification helps you advance. Furthermore, the more you can specialize the more you can charge your clients.

Also, if you have no experience working with clients and one of these programs, having the training is considered experience just the same as a college education is considered experience when you apply for a job.

So, if you want to be a highly sought after Virtual Assistant, try some training. There are other places you can get training. Such as VA Classroom, which is the banner link on top of this page. Also remember, any education program will likely provide some tax relief at tax time. (Check with your CPA)