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Tips To Help You Find The ‘Perfect Clients’ For Your Business

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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When you work with the “perfect” client, life is wonderful and business is simple. The perfect client pays on time, is thrilled with your work, tells all of her friends about you, and makes doing what you do easy. If you could replicate the perfect client, then business wouldn’t be difficult, right?

Let’s discuss how to locate more perfect clients so you can increase
your income and decrease your not-so-perfect client drama.

First, define your “perfect” client. Write a list of specific items that makes (or you think would make) a client great. Is the client male or female? Does he have children? Is she married?
In what area does the client live? How much money does the client make? What type of car does he drive? What type of personality does the client have? In what age range does the client fall? What does she do for a living?

Once you have a list of criteria that make up your perfect client, find out what the client does in his spare time. What are her hobbies? Does she do charity work? Is he involved with coaching sports for his children? Is she a member of any professional organizations or chambers of commerce? Does your client like to entertain guests in her home? Where does your client shop?

Knowing what your client does with his time will help you know where to market and where to find more perfect clients. For example, if your perfect client is involved with a local charity, you may also want to become a part of that organization to meet other potential clients. If your perfect client is a member of a professional organization, you may be able to write an article or speak for that organization. If your perfect client shops at a particular store, you could make arrangements with the store owner or manager to have flyers about your company at the check out counter or you could do a joint promotional mailing together.
The possibilities are endless – if you understand specifics about your perfect target client.

Also, ask the clients who already fall into the “perfect” category for referrals. My personal favorite way to ask for referrals is to say, “You are my perfect type of client to work with and I’d love to work with more people like you. If you have friends or acquaintances in your niche who need similar projects, please have them call me. You’ve been such a joy to work with.” Then give them a business card or a flyer or other piece of marketing material they could pass on to their perfect friends. You can also include this information in a thank you note or follow up letter.

The more perfect clients you work with, the more opportunities you will find and have to work with other perfect clients. Keep in mind, if you have clients who have been less-than-perfect, they are more likely to refer you to other less-than-perfect people. So, do everything you can to surround yourself with perfect ones, and your business will be wonderful!

I work mostly with other Virtual Assistants, coaches, writers, (doing proofreading & editing) and business owners who are very active on social networks and need assistance with their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest or other social interaction venues. I get most of my referrals from these past and present clients. I occasionally get asked to do something not in my line of “expertise” and then can add that newly learned skill to my arsenal of tasks I perform as a Virtual Assistant.

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!

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When Do You Use A Comma Before But?

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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This question, along with using a comma before AND are two that seem to come up the most during proofreading and editing assignments. I often lose the argument over the “oxford” comma debate so am moving on.

I, personally, use a comma when two complete thoughts or even sentences can be made from the statement, but then, I also want to hang onto the now old-school use of a semi-colon for the same purpose. Having been an Honor Roll student at best, or a straight A student at worst, it was drummed into my generation of spelling and grammar gurus that if parts of a sentence can stand alone, there MUST be a ; instead of a comma separating them. All of that has changed and I am trying to keep up with the times, even when it literally makes me scream inside. :-)

My favorite writing & editing tips ezine, Daily Writing Tips, has this to say about the comma before but dilemma:

The rule for but is the same as that for the other six coordinating conjunctions: and, for, or, nor, so, and yet.

If the conjunction precedes an independent (main) clause, use a comma: “Jack tried a new diet, but he still gained weight.”

If the but is not followed by an independent clause, no comma is needed: “Jack tried a new diet but still gained weight.”

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. I feel that we could debate this all day, but

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Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!

Tallent Agency
St. Louis County, MO
Phone: (636) 451-6213
Email: jantallent@gmail.com

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Back It Up – Again & Again!

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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Well, I know this well from total hard drive crashes, viruses wiping out all of my files and almost any other catastrophe
you can imagine …

… but I got lax and BOOM! It happened again!

I babysit my 2 and 4 year old grandsons between 10 1/2 and 11 hours
a day. Meanwhile I am also self-employed as both a Virtual Assistant
and the editor of Rim Digest ezine, a newsletter for marketers and small business owners.

I *think* I am doing a pretty decent job of balancing it all, and then …

I was doing my belated yearly “clean up the emails” portion OF getting my PC cleaned
off for the new year … made wonderful folders for 2012 and 2013 in my gmail program …
sorted any that needed filed and filed them – and as I was doing the “move” option
for ALL of the 2013 files, my 2 year old grandson slammed into the back of my office chair,
my mouse hand slipped and the entire 2013 folder with many SUB-folders of carefully
saved and filed emails went POOF!

Please note: ALL other important files on my computer are backed up to dvd at least monthly and also when any major changes have been made.

Thank goodness I also save the important client emails as files in my client folder in my PC files in their own categorized folders. These do not include the back and forth conversations, however, just usually the initial task email, any updates that need made and the finished product / final email.

Luckily, for me, this time I mostly lost a few THOUSAND filed recipes in their own categories, hundreds of free kindle book download links from the confirmation emails, all of the fun or informative facebook post emails I opted to have delivered to my inbox AND ALL of the emails AND yahoo chat sessions from when my hubby of now almost 2 years & I met and started email and chat flirting, etc.

So, yes, it could have been worse BUT with my knowing how easily our PC and internet worlds can come crashing down among us, I am banging my head against the keyboard
at my gross negligence and carelessness that even allowed my emails to be in jeopardy.

blah!

sigh …

So, now that I have reminded you, stop whatever you are doing and back up ANYTHING you cannot afford to lose and even things that will just “hurt” to have lost.

Remember, I am a Virtual Assistant who LOVES to do editing and proofreading assignments along with research, blog posts, article submissions and social media maintenance!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

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Over the past 15 years, Jan Tallent has spent countless hours providing writers and webmasters with free friendly tips on how to correct spelling and grammar errors in their written material.

From the feedback received she decided that since proofreading and editing help was so desperately needed, she should build a business around something she enjoys doing, while at the same time providing a valuable service to business owners and writers.

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