Virtual Assistant Training + Coaching What You Need To Watch Out For

Virtual Assistant Training + Coaching What You Need To Watch Out For

 

What You Need To Watch Out For When It Comes to Virtual Assistant Training + Coaching

Don’t be afraid to ask questions – it’s your time + money that you’re investing.

This isn’t my standard blog post, it’s more of a rant.

Thought I’d warn you now <grin>.

Seems that everyone is now either a Virtual Assistant Coach or Trainer. I think it’s great that the industry is growing BUT, do these new Coaches + Trainers have the experience to really teach others how to be successful?

There are so many newbies jumping on the Virtual Assistant Coaching + Training bandwagon when many of them haven’t been in business long enough to be considered successful. I’m sorry but you’re not qualified to be a coach or trainer if you’ve not run a successful VA business for at least 3 years (the bare minimum in my opinion).

According to the Small Business Association (SBA) and many others, 80% of all small businesses fail in the first year alone. After the first year, the number falls but only about 50% of businesses make it to five years.

Those are some pretty sobering statistics huh?

Here’s the thing, how can someone who has been in business less than a year really understand what it takes to run a successful business?

They’ve not been in business long enough to know!

Not only that, they’re teaching people stuff that is just plain wrong.

Like a contract is not necessary – WRONG. They are very necessary; in fact, don’t work without a signed contract. It’s protection for both you and your clients.

I’ve seen things like:

  1. You don’t really need any experience… except know how to use the Internet. You’ll have a hard time finding clients if you don’t have the skills they want.
  2. People guaranteeing that you’ll make 5k or 10k a month if you buy their coaching or training. Sorry folks, no one can guarantee how much anyone else will make. It’s just a marketing ploy.
  3. If you read or hear something saying that it’s easy to be a Virtual Assistant, that you can make thousands of dollars only working 4 hours a day… it’s hogwash.

You have to put in the time and effort especially when you’re just starting out.

On a side note – it’s definitely possible to make 10k a month but there is a whole lot more to it than just being a Virtual Assistant.

I’m passionate about this industry and I’m seeing more and more people who are new to the industry get taken advantage of by slick marketing.

Some of these newbies are teaching crappy methods, and it brings down the entire VA industry.

I know when I first started I didn’t know what to ask or to look for when thinking about investing in training and/or coaching.

And… I ended up buying a LOT of crap.

You don’t know what you don’t know.

Please, I ask you to do your homework when it comes to hiring a coach or buying a course.

Find out:

  • If the person really is/was successful.
  • If they’ve been in business for more than a couple of years.
  • If they have a refund policy.

Ask for testimonials, ask for proof of success – it’s important since you’re trusting this person with your potential livelihood + business + your hard earned $$.

The VA Industry is NOT standardized which means there is no certification for trainers or coaches like in other industries.

Here are a few more tips that you might find helpful:

  1. You can use a program like WhoIs.Net to see how long they’ve owned their domain name. It can give you an idea of how long they’ve been in business. For example, if you go to this website and type in thetechiementor.com you’ll see when I first registered this domain back in 2011. (I would still ask this question directly to the coach or trainer – they could have re-branded and changed their business name).
  2. Award Winning Virtual Assistant or Best VA Trainer, what does that even mean? Who voted for them? How many people voted? Is it even a real award?
  3. If you’re in the UK, check to see if they’re VAT registered (you have to be VAT registered if you earn £85k+). Anyone who isn’t is definitely not earning 6 figures, whatever their marketing says.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions – it’s your time + money that you’re investing.

Oh and one more thing.

Yes, I know… I’m what you would call a VA Coach or Trainer. But I’m starting my 10th year in this industry and ran a successful VA business for 5 years before I started The Techie Mentor. I’m not asking you to buy my stuff or hire me unless we’re a good fit.

Ok… rant over.

What do you think?

I’d love to hear from you.

All comments + questions are welcome.

HERE ARE A FEW RELATED BLOG POSTS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST:

  1. Virtual Assistant Certifications + Why You Don’t Need One
  2. The Fake It Until You Make It Strategy
  3. What Is A Virtual Assistant
  4. Tips On Sub-Contracting

If you’re looking for more details on how to start or scale your VA business including how to specialize by learning in-demand skills, join my FREE VA Training Vault. You’ll get instant access to how-to video training for Virtual Assistants that want to create a successful business.

Thanks for reading – Susan

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you found this information useful – I’d love to hear from you!

Sales Funnels – The What & Why

Sales Funnels – The What & Why

Have you heard all the buzz around sales funnels lately?

They’re all the rage.

Why?

Because they work.

What is a sales funnel?

Well… it’s a system that automates both marketing and sales.

Automation = Freedom.

A sales funnel combines strategy + technology to get in front of your audience, share your expertise and get clients on autopilot.

There are people looking for exactly what you offer every minute of every day.

Whether it’s through a Google search or perusing Facebook or LinkedIn Groups.

Your clients are looking for you.

And, you need to make it easy for them to find you 24×7.

What are you doing today to make it easy for your potential clients to:

  1. Find you
  2. Learn more about who you are and what you offer
  3. Share your expertise with them

This is what a sales funnel can do for you on autopilot.

But first, you need to create some great content to share with them.

Remember, all of your content should be focused on how you solve your client’s problems using your expertise.

Share your expertise by:

  • Writing a blog
  • Creating videos and sharing them on YouTube.
  • Doing Facebook Live sessions from your Facebook Page.
  • Running paid ads

Getting their attention is the first step or stage in your sales funnel.

The next step is to get them on the phone with you for a free “Discovery Session”.

It’s a free 15-minute call to find out more about them and if they’re your ideal client.

If they are, great.

Now you need to close the deal.

If they’re not, then you can move on to the next person.

The most important part of your funnel is to make your audience aware of you and your services.

Then it’s getting them on the phone and closing the sale.

So… what can you do today to create great content that will get your potential client’s attention?

Feel free to post below and let me know what action you’re taking today to automate your marketing + getting clients.

I’d love to hear from you.

All comments + questions are welcome.

If you know someone who might benefit from this information, please share. You can use the share buttons below the post.

HERE ARE A FEW RELATED BLOG POSTS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST:

  1. Virtual Assistant Systems – The Key Systems You Need
  2. The Day to Day Systems In Your VA Business
  3. Is Your Target Aware Of You + Your Services
  4. Tips To Grow Your Online Following AKA Your List

If you’re looking for more details on how to start or scale your VA business including how to specialize by learning in-demand skills, join my FREE VA Training Vault. You’ll get instant access to how-to video training for Virtual Assistants that want to create a successful business.

Thanks for reading – Susan

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you found this information useful – I’d love to hear from you!

7 Tips to Grow Your Online Following AKA List!

7 Tips to Grow Your Online Following AKA List!

Tips To Grow Your List

Did you know that most Virtual Assistants (really ALL Solopreneurs) do not spend enough time generating leads + building a quality list?

It is crucial to spend time DAILY marketing your business to grow your list!

What’s a list?

It’s a list of both clients + prospects that are interested in you and your business.

Did you know that it’s easier to drive prospects to a “Free Offer” than drive them directly to a sale?

Do you have a free offer on your website? Something showcases your expertise and solves a problem for your target?

If not – it’s time!!  

Almost ALL of your marketing efforts to any prospective client should be to get them on your list, and what better way than to have a Fabulous Free Offer!

Why is your “list” so important you ask?

It’s simple….your list provides:

  • Future long-term income
  • Life & health for your business
  • Prospects the benefit of getting to know, like & trust you

No list…no pipeline!! – No pipeline…no future business!!

If you don’t have a list – it’s time to get started.  Here are 7 tips to help you start and grow your online following:

  1. Free Offer – Create a fabulous free offer that shares your expertise and passion.  Most importantly give them a taste of what you offer and leave them wanting more.
  2. Teleseminar/Telesummit/Webinar – Hold a monthly teleseminar or webinar and post it on social media, forums and anywhere else your ideal client hangs out.  This is a great way to build your list quickly!
  3. Blogging – Blog at least once a week and share your blog on social media, forums and anywhere else your ideal client hangs out!
  4. Social Media – Join Linked In and Facebook Groups and start a conversation, share your expertise, give advice, offer support.
  5. Speaking – Stand up and be heard!  Find a local club or networking group and volunteer to speak at one of their events.  This is a great way to build credibility and your list!
  6. Live Events – Go to live events such as networking meetings, seminars and conferences.  Be bold and get yourself noticed.  Participate!
  7. Testimonials – Give testimonials for your clients and include your name and a link to your website!

Take time each day to market yourself and grow your online following. Start NOW.

Block out at least 15 minutes a day on your calendar and before you know it you’ll have a list of growing fans!

Have a “freebie” is the first step in your Sales Funnel.

Make it a great one!

What do you think?

Feel free to post below and let me know what action you’re taking today to start growing your list.

I’d love to hear from you.

All comments + questions are welcome.

If you know someone who might benefit from this information, please share. You can use the share buttons below the post.

HERE ARE A FEW RELATED BLOG POSTS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST:

  1. Sales Funnels + The What & Why
  2. Are They Aware + Does Your Target Know You Exist
  3. 5 Awesome Ideas For Your Freebie
  4. Don’t Call Yourself a “VA”

If you’re looking for more details on how to start or scale your VA business including how to specialize by learning in-demand skills, join my FREE VA Training Vault. You’ll get instant access to how-to video training for Virtual Assistants that want to create a successful business.

Thanks for reading – Susan

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you found this information useful – I’d love to hear from you!

Are They Aware – Your Target Market

Are They Aware – Your Target Market

Is who aware?

Your potential clients, your Target Market.

Let me ask you… how are you making potential clients aware of you and your services?

What are you doing to share your brilliance?

Writing blogs or sharing videos?

Awareness is the first step in finding clients, and then getting them to sign on the dotted line.

It’s also the first step in your Sales Funnel – even if you don’t think you have one.

People can’t buy your products or services if they don’t know about them. So, what activities are you doing to bring awareness to your business?

For many people, this is the hardest part of being an entrepreneur. “Putting themselves out there.” It’s a huge fear and one that you need to learn to manage and conquer.

Believe it or not, there are people looking for you and what you offer. You’re doing them a disservice by not letting them know all about you.

So, how do you push through your fear and get out there?

Remember, if you want clients – they have to know about you.

For me, the best way is to face the fear head-on. Admit you’re scared and then do it anyway!

Ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen?

Many times we let our fear blow things up in our minds when in reality it’s not even close.

It takes practice but you can do it!

Here are 6 things you can do to bring awareness to your business.

  1. Tell everyone you know. Friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, people in the line with you at the grocery store.
  2. Create a Benefits Flyer™ and hand them out while you’re telling everyone about your business.
  3. Go to a local networking event where your Target Market hangs out and start a conversation (hand out your Benefits Flyers™ too!)
  4. Add a freebie (aka Lead Magnet) to your website that solves a problem for your Target Market.
  5. Start a weekly blog post that focuses on your expertise and then share it on social media where your Target Market hangs out.
  6. Start a YouTube channel and post a series of “how to” videos on your expertise. Share!

Now, pick one and get started!

I’d love to here from you.

Feel free to post below and let me know what activity you picked from the list above.

All comments + questions are welcome.

If you know someone who might benefit from this information, please share. You can use the share buttons below the post.

HERE ARE A FEW RELATED BLOG POSTS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST:

  1. Create A Benefits Flyer – Use Instead Of Business Cards
  2. How Do You Manage Your Fears
  3. Tips To Growing Your List From Scratch

If you’re looking for more details on how to start or scale your VA business including how to specialize by learning in-demand skills, join my FREE VA Training Vault. You’ll get instant access to how-to video training for Virtual Assistants that want to create a successful business.

Thanks for reading – Susan

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you found this information useful – I’d love to hear from you!

5 Awesome Ideas For Your Freebie

5 Awesome Ideas For Your Freebie

Here Are Some Ideas For Your Freebie

Virtual Assistants often ask me, “Do I really need to have a Free Offer aka Lead Magnet on my website“?

And, my answer is always the same, “Yes you do“.

Why?

Because you need a method to attract prospects.

Yes, even a Virtual Assistant business needs a sales pipeline!

Then the next question comes… “Well, what should I create“?

The whole idea of having to create something scares many people – I know it did me when I first started out.

I’m a chronic over-thinker (anyone else have this problem) so, I ended up researching too much (another problem of mine – love to do research), and ended up overwhelmed and confused.

Does it really have to be this hard to create something, I thought.

Turns out, I was making it much harder than it needed to be. Once I stopped thinking about it, I realized I just needed a simple way to share my expertise.

The beauty of a freebie is in its simplicity.

It doesn’t have to be hard to create or share.

It can be simple, even just a one-page checklist.

Remember… it’s all about the VALUE.

What can you show, teach or give that will give your potential subscribers incredible value?

What to Create?

Create a freebie that showcases your expertise to your Target Market.

What is one of their biggest issues or pain points?

Not sure, ask them.

Do a survey and share it with your clients.

Don’t have any clients, find your Target Market online and ask them to fill out a simple survey.

Then take action on the results. How can you solve it? Pick a topic and get started.

Here are 5 awesome ideas for creating a freebie.

Simply, take your topic and create one of these items. Go with what suits you. Don’t be afraid to share your brilliance!

  1. A Simple Checklist – people love checklists! Take your topic and create a one-page checklist on how to use it or why it’s important.
  2. An Infographic – perfect for those of us who are visual. Take your topic and create a graphic or flow chart of the steps in a process or instructions. You can even compare items.
  3. A Video or Audio Series – great for teaching and how to’s. You could break down the steps into individual videos or audios of “how to’s”. Deliver them over a series of days or weeks via an Auto-Responder or Sequence.
  4. A Resource List – similar to a checklist but this gives a list of handy tools, short cuts, etc. What tools does your Target Industry use or need to know more about?
  5. A How-To Ebook, Guide or PDF – expand your simple checklist into a “How To” Ebook, PDF or Guide. These are also great for expanding on your expertise and the solutions you provide.

Remember, your Freebie isn’t about you – it’s about what you do for your clients.

The problems you solve, the solutions you provide, the transformation that happens to your client’s business when they work with you.

Oh, and a quick note. You’ll need to have an Email Marketing program to capture the names of the people who sign up. Mail Chimp or Mad Mimi are two great options when just starting out. But, you’ll need to create your Freebie first.

Do you have a Freebie?

Please add a link in the Comments below to share it!

Feel free to post below and let me know what action you’re taking today to create your awesome freebie.

I’d love to hear from you!

All comments + questions are welcome.

If you know someone who might benefit from this information, please share. You can use the share buttons below the post.

HERE ARE A FEW RELATED BLOG POSTS THAT MIGHT BE OF INTEREST:

  1. Sales Funnels – The What + Why
  2. How Is Your Focus
  3. Tips To Build Your List

If you’re looking for more details on how to start or scale your VA business including how to specialize by learning in-demand skills, join my FREE VA Training Vault. You’ll get instant access to how-to video training for Virtual Assistants that want to create a successful business.

Thanks for reading – Susan

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you found this information useful – I’d love to hear from you!

Stay Focused when Life Gets in the Way

Stay Focused when Life Gets in the Way

Staying Focused

I don’t know about you, but the first quarter of 2018 has been a challenge for me.

Why?

Because life got in the way of my business.

Has this happened to you?

Between a lingering illness and family issues, my first quarter goals went unachieved and are now second-quarter goals.

I have to admit I was angry, disappointed and discouraged… but I know it’s all part of the journey on the path to achieving my dreams.

It’s easy to get discouraged when you look at everything you planned to do and got ZERO accomplished, and you have to keep pushing out your deadlines. Not fun!

But… it’s important to stay the course. Every step forward is a step closer to your dreams.

So, you may have a misstep or even a back step but don’t let it stop you. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on the horse. For only you can make your dreams a reality.

Stop letting life get in the way. Try a few of these helpful tips:

  1. Look at how far you’ve already come. You wouldn’t have made it this far if you let life stop you.
  2. If you have a Success Jar, read what you’ve accomplished. If you don’t have one – create one. Here is a blog post all about them.
  3. Stop beating yourself up because you’re not where you “should” be yet.
  4. Don’t compare yourself to others or where they are in their journey. They have their path and you have yours.
  5. Never stop trying. You’re not alone in your struggle – everyone has to deal with distractions.
  6. Your thoughts determine how you feel. If you think you’re overwhelmed, you will feel it. Work on changing your thoughts.
  7. Ask yourself “What’s the alternative?” In other words, what will I do if I stop trying? Will I achieve my dreams? As Jiminy Cricket said, “Let your conscience be your guide.”
  8. Unplug for a day or two. Sometimes getting away from it all is the best cure.
  9. And remember… you’re important; without you, there is no business. Take care of yourself!

How do you handle life’s hiccups?

I’d love to hear your comments. Please take a moment to leave me a comment and share your thoughts.

Please share if you know someone who might benefit from this information. The share buttons are below the post.

If you’re looking for more details on how to start or scale your VA business including how to specialize by learning in-demand skills, join my FREE VA Training Vault. You’ll get instant access to how-to video training for Virtual Assistants that want to create a successful business.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy your day – Susan

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