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View Poll Results: Which Business Sectors use VA Services?
Online – Retail 22 21.36%
Bricks & Mortar – Retail 8 7.77%
Professional Services (accountants, business consultants etc) 73 70.87%
Personal / Lifestyle Services (life coaches, personal trainers etc) 51 49.51%
Software & Design 22 21.36%
Training & Coaching 39 37.86%
Financial Services 23 22.33%
Manufacturing 10 9.71%
Charities 31 30.10%
Other 29 28.16%
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Old 06-21-2012
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I thought it might be useful to find out what type of businesses are using VA services. So I've come up with this poll.

Please put a mark against the sectiors that your clients fall into.

Looking forward to seeing the results for this one!
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Default Re: Which Type of Businesses Use VA Services?
Are you asking which industries our clients are in or which industries use VA services? If it is the latter then all can be checked. However if it is clients, that is going to narrow down the list one or two.
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To clarify, it's YOUR clients. The point is that if everyone ticks the boxes that apply to them we might be able to see if there is one sector that uses VAs more than others.
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I service business coaches, professional speakers, authors and not-for-profit groups. There are others too but these are the main groups I've supported for the past 18 years.
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Very interesting! So far Professional Services is way out in front, with Personal / Lifestyle Services and Training & Coaching in joint second.

I'm curious to know what kind of Personal / Lifestyle Service businesses people have as clients?
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Come on peeps, is nobody else interested in this?
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I am! I was a freelance personal assistant first and expanding to virtual services. I have actually had quite a few really small jobs in personal services. Mainly scheduling and appointment setting, research, travel arrangements. Sometimes people want you to do pretty fun things, like narrow down rental listings to what they like. That's actually the type of work I enjoy doing the most. I like how it is... well, personal! I love the people I've gotten to know doing personal services locally and everyone I've met trying to switch my business over to virtual-land. I would love to get clients that offer more advanced personal services. Since I don't have a huge client base, I would say that creative arts, coaching, charity & non-profit would be my dream client base to work with. Not sure if that counts for much :P
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I used to do a lot of medical transcription and medical administrative work in my area. Sadly, our local hospital has decided to try to buy out all the practicing physicians and turn them into hospital employees, even using strongarm tactics in some cases. Apparently, having them as employees creates a much larger income stream for the hospital. I understand this is happening in a lot of areas. Newer doctor's are jumping at the chance because they cut out overhead, staffing, conversion to electronic medical records, etc., and actually get regular vacation time, insurance, and a steady paycheck. As a result, a lot of well-established doctors who had been in the area for years have left the area to practice in other towns. The hospital contracts with an out of country transcription and medical billing company as well. Ten years ago, I had all the business I could handle, I even had to turn clients away. Now, I have had to completely revamp my business in order to earn a living. I guess change has both advantages and disadvantages, but it is the only thing we can really count on.
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Originally Posted by PTS Virtual Solutions View Post
I used to do a lot of medical transcription and medical administrative work in my area. Sadly, our local hospital has decided to try to buy out all the practicing physicians and turn them into hospital employees, even using strongarm tactics in some cases. Apparently, having them as employees creates a much larger income stream for the hospital. I understand this is happening in a lot of areas. Newer doctor's are jumping at the chance because they cut out overhead, staffing, conversion to electronic medical records, etc., and actually get regular vacation time, insurance, and a steady paycheck. As a result, a lot of well-established doctors who had been in the area for years have left the area to practice in other towns. The hospital contracts with an out of country transcription and medical billing company as well. Ten years ago, I had all the business I could handle, I even had to turn clients away. Now, I have had to completely revamp my business in order to earn a living. I guess change has both advantages and disadvantages, but it is the only thing we can really count on.
Hi Paula
I got your name from your profile; many businesses take this strong-arm tactic, I am sad to hear that hospitals are stooping to that level.
When you said you are revamping your business, in what way? Are you going into a completely different niche?
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This is great to use for target marketing and keywords on websites. Great thread!
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I've worked mainly for business coaches and speakers. I'm looking to expand my marketing though.
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Originally Posted by PTS Virtual Solutions View Post
I used to do a lot of medical transcription and medical administrative work in my area. Sadly, our local hospital has decided to try to buy out all the practicing physicians and turn them into hospital employees, even using strongarm tactics in some cases. Apparently, having them as employees creates a much larger income stream for the hospital. I understand this is happening in a lot of areas. Newer doctor's are jumping at the chance because they cut out overhead, staffing, conversion to electronic medical records, etc., and actually get regular vacation time, insurance, and a steady paycheck. As a result, a lot of well-established doctors who had been in the area for years have left the area to practice in other towns. The hospital contracts with an out of country transcription and medical billing company as well. Ten years ago, I had all the business I could handle, I even had to turn clients away. Now, I have had to completely revamp my business in order to earn a living. I guess change has both advantages and disadvantages, but it is the only thing we can really count on.
PTS, I used to work for a well known medical facility as a medical records tech, so I truly understand your pain. Prior to being a medical records tech I was employed with the largest hospital in Alabama in a variety of positions for over ten years. At one point they hired a contract company to do their billing and transcription, recently I heard that they have outsourced all of their billing and transcription to a company out of the country.

I really hope that revamping your business will bring you the income & clients that are needed! Much success.
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What a range of industries I never even thought of.... Amazing I would never have thought about some of them. Thanks heaps
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Freat thread...hope more will chime in and share!
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I think this poll will be enlightening! My newest client is a political candidate. I honestly never thought to market to the political arena. The CM saw my work with someone else and made me an offer I couldn't refuse lol
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Interesting to think about all the potential business areas that could use VA services.

I work for the professional services sector - and haven't thought about all the possibilities.

Thanks for putting the poll together.
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Very interesting! So far Professional Services is way out in front, with Personal / Lifestyle Services and Training & Coaching in joint second.

I'm curious to know what kind of Personal / Lifestyle Service businesses people have as clients?
Coaches, definitely. Most of my clients are coaches and in fact other Virtual Assistants need another VA support. That is why I also market myself as a VA's VA.
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I just hired a Virtual Seo Assistant for my website...So I would say SEO....
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My primary niche is coaches, authors, speakers (usually a single person falls into all three of those!) but I also work with Insurance Reps, Interior Designer, and a Construction Company.
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I'm still in the start up phase and am not actively trying to find clients (I am responding to people I'm truly interested in working with), but some of the RFP's I've responded to, and referrals other VA friends have sent me have been a couple of coaches, and one person who in addition to a regular job has several online businesses.
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