Posts Tagged ‘niche’

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

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Tallent Agency VA Services

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!

Why not Schedule a Project now?

Your Virtual Assistant Can Maintain Your Blog & Much More!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Tallent Agency VA Services

One of my favorites duties as a Virtual Assistant is setting up article and blog submission sites for my clients, proofreading the posts as they send them to me and then submitting them to the various sites we work with.

I can even do research to find blog and article sites that fit in the niche
or niches that the client works in or where their expertise will be sought after by readers. On average, I can set up six sites for future submissions in about an hour and can even attend to the verification emails most sites send out with access to the client’s email account we use for that purpose.

Being able to perform proofreading and editing in a thorough, yet fast-paced manner,
I usually average 10 pages or posts/articles in an hour and then can submit to the sites
I have set up at the rate of about 10 sites per hour, if there are no complications or complicated html or formatting problems.

I can even schedule your WordPress blog posts to go out when you want them to be
seen AND hook them up to all of your social media accounts to get you the most varied promotional reach.

If this sounds like something you want to do but find you either do not have the time
to do it yourself or the desire to, think about the time and work you can save to use
on things you like to do, like marketing your business, and leave this task to a Virtual Assistant.


Let your VA handle pesky tasks!

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?

Working With Other Virtual Assistants to Build Your Business

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Tallent Agency VA Services

There was a time when people would never consider partnering with their ‘competition’; that was just crazy-speak! With the ability of the internet to interconnect people and create so many opportunities, some people now refer to people who do similar business to you as ‘co-opetition’.

Funny, I never saw the others in my profession as competition. I just thought of the other ezine owners, for example, as my peers. When I started my office services business both off and on the net, I was always sending referrals to other providers who did things I did not do and they sent me clients and customers, as well.

Cooperating with other virtual assistants to help build your business is smart marketing. The truth is, not every client is going to want to work with you, and you are not going to want to work with every client. There could be many reasons for this, including a mismatch of skills to needs, a disconnect in working habits or maybe a difference of opinion in how things should be done. No matter the reason, you simply can’t work with everyone.

What you can do is work with a team of virtual assistants of varying skills that as a collaborative have more power than any one individual. Your weaknesses and strengths combined will be stronger than one VA on her own.

Not to mention how much you will learn by working with other virtual assistants, especially if you are new to the field.

I, myself, am a happy team member of Sophie Zollmann’s – SophieZo Virtually There For You.
We have worked well together for years. I also fill in for occasional specialty tasks for a couple of other VA’s and have two buddy VA’s help me from time to time.

Here are a few ways to work with and benefit from relationships with virtual assistants:


Some virtual assistants work solo, others work as a large team.
A multi-VA team usually starts as a single VA who then decides to expand. She gets too busy to handle all the work on her own (or simply doesn’t want to) and decides to hire on other virtual assistants to help grow her business. This is where you come in. You are called a sub-contracting VA. Generally, when you do sub-contracting as a virtual assistant, you work with the client but you get paid by the multi-VA company who hired you.

Complimentary Services

Another way to work with virtual assistants is to set up a group where you have a number of complimentary services. This is different from the sub-contracting model because you all work independently and refer off to others when it’s not your skill-set.

No matter how you do it, working with other virtual assistants to build your businesses side by side can be a profitable venture. Always be open to the opportunities around you and you’ll start seeing more of them available than you can ever have time for. Then show those clients how well you can get the job done while continuing to build your thriving virtual assistant practice.

All the best in your efforts to build a long-term, sustainable business!

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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