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Sales funnels may sound like a buzz word in any industry, but they are actually a keep part of virtual assisting success. You may have to seek your first few clients out via job boards, but once you have some clout and background, you want to create a sales funnel so that people who come across your portfolio page or website want to learn more about you and what you can offer.

A sales funnel usually begins with offering a very reduced-rate or free piece of information to grab readers and clients into your email list. From here, you can leverage that information as you please, whether it be getting more people chatting about you as a virtual assistant or reaching out to potential clients on what more you can offer besides the freebie.

Below are tips on how to create a successful sales funnel and niche-specific examples:

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As you very well know it is that same time of year again. We have to take the time to reflect on the current year and look forward to the new. Did you have goals going into this new year? Did you follow through on them or quickly forget them? Goal setting can be tricky. It can be down right boring after a few weeks too. There are so many pit falls you can get into with goal planning. Look everyone know they need goals, some of us set them, and very few of those people actually follow through with them. Why?

Almost no one has received any formal training on goal setting. Sure you might have seen a fish chart or a S.M.A.R.T. training sheet, but where those win in organization they fail in the psychology of goal setting. When you boil a goal down regardless of what it is we are trying to attain a different level of “feeling” about ourselves or our organization. You want to make 50% more revenue in 2018. Great, do you know why you want that? Most people would just say so they could make more money or invest back in their business or even buy a boat, but what they are actually setting a goal for is the “feeling” of less stress financially, or more freedom financially. That goal can be achieved in many more ways than just 50% more revenue.

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As a virtual assistant, your goal is to acquire clients in which you are both a great fit for each other, the job fits your schedule, and you can sustain-ably work the job in terms of payment. The first step before all of this happens is to navigate job boards as a means to find valuable virtual administration employment.

A job board in any field may be a little intimidating, but as a virtual assistant, you need to ensure you are not only searching for jobs catering to the virtual assistant world but that the job itself is legitimate–as the internet can be a scary place.

Below are tips on how to successfully navigate a job board from your first look to after initial outreach of jobs you apply for:

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Any field has their busy months and their slow months and virtual assisting is no different. You may not be in office, but you will have to ride the high’s and low’s as any other employee would.

Slow times can be scary, especially as a virtual when you may or may not be a salaried worker and pay is not guaranteed. While you should always be keeping a sharp eye on those aspects of employment, below are some ways to leverage slow months in a positive way so that when busy season starts up again, you are ready to take on virtual administration at an even more experienced level:

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One of the first questions you may have as a virtual assistant when navigating your first clients to work with is how much you should charge. A simple step could be jumping onto the Bureau of Labor Statistics to get a rough estimate based on your niche. Beyond that, you may want to take a look at typical payments that virtual assistants receive based on their specialty or ask fellow virtual assistants for their own information regarding payments in groups and forums.

A note that one size does not fit all. You may be applying for a job with a certain title, but are coming in with a desirable specialty that could benefit a client. Do not shortchange yourself when first applying for a job.

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It may come as a surprise that being on Facebook as a professional is not always a bad thing. Yes, you have heard horror stories about the employees who posted less than flattering statuses and photos of themselves and ultimately got fired over it. That is a topic for another day, though.

Facebook, for virtuals and clients, can be a great way to disseminate positions, job inquiries, and a place to ask questions and voice concerns. With the availability of Facebook groups specific to virtual assistants and clients, as well as Facebook, being a great place to create a professional profile of yourself that is a little more relaxed than a Linkedin profile, with a great ability to connect with like-minded virtual assistants and the clients who want to hire them.

Here are some reasons why being on Facebook may not be a bad idea for virtuals and clients:

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Every job has tasks and as a virtual assistant, or client, you need to be on top of your tasks. Whether it is your job to run the tasks for the client or delegate the tasks to the virtual assistant, there needs to control over your task work.

Control does not just mean being strict about completing the work, it also means staying organized, finding your own way of doing things that are intuitive while still being accurate, and making use of technology to keep you on task.

Below are some suggestions on how to take control of your tasks and succeed as a virtual assistant or client:

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What was once looked at as a side project for adult women or where young teens posted their personal thoughts is now a viable career for virtual administrators wanting to create content online by blogging as a virtual career.

Blogging is very versatile, especially now that many companies have realized that content is key and not even just the content itself, but the continued creation of new content to keep the website up-to-date and fresh with new material.

This changing of the tides for blogging has really opened the doors to many virtuals with a skillset in writing crisp and clear copy and has a lucrative pool of potential clients looking to begin and maintain a blog.

Below are reasons why positioning yourself as a virtual blogger can be a very great career choice and also some considerations:

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We live in a technological world which means we have a lot of tools, both online and offline, available for us to make life easier.

As a virtual assistant, you will be wearing many hats depending on what the company you work for needs you to do. You may do administrative work, bookkeeping, scheduling or social media. This seems like a lot and keeping organized may be difficult, but that is why knowing the right virtual tools for success can make a huge difference in what your life and your desk look like.

Meadows VA School came up with a list of the top virtual tools for virtual assisting success. Below we discuss the major ones that may be helpful to your virtual administration career.

Shared Drives

Google Drive is the major platform when it comes to sharing files these days and for good reason. You can create documents, excel sheets and power point all within the drive and share and collaborate with ease.

Most times, you will be working alongside your company to create, edit and finalize ideas and other forms of work. Being able to jump into a document, create it, send it and see others comments in one spot is so much easier than printing, emailing and waiting for a response. It also allows you to be a part of the project from start to finish.

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