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Old 04-28-2010
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I feel so lucky to have found this sight! This is a big job and I am so ready to do it! I am having a little anxiety about finding clients though! Any advice on how to go about searching out clients???
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Old 04-28-2010
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Shellea,

Welcome to the VA world. Finding clients is something that we are all anxious about in the beginning. Start by getting your name out there. Talk to whoever will listen. Get your website set up, business cards printed, join a few groups on LinkedIn or wherever your target client might be. If you are not on Twitter, set up an account and follow your target client. I have found clients just be seeing things that other people post and sending an email or reply of some sort. Just stay positive. It will happen. And remember that you are not alone.
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Thank you so much Pam!! I really appreciate your tips!
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Old 04-29-2010
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Your twitter tip is fabulous!!!

New clients always seem to come just when I give up on thinking they are out there. I am a newbie and my tip is for sure the website. I have gained clients just from my website alone!
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I'm just starting out too and am nervous about finding my first client, so you are not alone. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 05-01-2010
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Pam,

Thanks for the advice. I too am just starting out. I am just focusing on getting my name out there. I know in time the clients will come.

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Old 05-04-2010
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I feel so happy I found this sight, and now I am for sure going to twitter as my next step! Good luck and thanks for the encouragement everyone!
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Old 05-05-2010
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Hi Shellea,

Definitely make sure you have a solid, informative website to send potential clients to. The goal of a great website is to do most, if not all, of the "selling" for you so when clients come to you, they're pretty much ready to get started! You also should be clear on who your ideal client is, which is something that may come with time; as you start working with different people, you can determine who you most enjoy working with. You can also check out a really great free ebook at www.attractyourniche.com for help in this area. Then, once you know who you're targeting and have your website up and running, you can start sending your potential clients there by participating in forums they belong to, publishing articles, posting videos, and other marketing methods.

If you want help with actually creating a website that attracts clients, just PM me and I can point you toward some more free resources.

Hope that helps!
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I too am just starting out and am trying to get my name out there so that I can attract the clients. One of the most treasured advices I have received on this website is to tell everybody and anybody who will listen about your new business.
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Old 06-14-2010
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I have a friend that has made a good number of contacts/clients via Facebook. She is active in local organizations and get a lot of referrals. Personally, Twitter has worked a lot for me. I have "Virtual Assistant" as a saved search on there and I occassionally browse to see what people are saying about Virtual Assistant - some of which are people just saying they need a Virtual Assistant...and I take that as my cue to send them a note and see if it is something I can actually help them with. Sometimes that works. It also helps to establish your Twitter-savvy.
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I am starting out as well. I am anxious to get my first client and nervous at the same time. I wish you much success with your VA business.

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Default Re: Just starting, client anxiety!!!
I just visited your website, Its awesome!! I love the graphics!! Is this a Wordpress.org site? its so cool! I am just starting my business also. I've been involved in various office positions for over 30 years, and just decided to go into business for myself. I have joined a local Business Networking Group, but I too, am wondering WHERE will I find my clients? What tips can you offer? Thanks!
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Old 02-06-2011
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I have just got my first 2 clients, mainly through networking lunches. Meeting other business owners and saying what you do has worked wonders. Someone always need help! They were networking events for women, which changes the dynamic also.
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Old 02-06-2011
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Thanks for the advice. I too am just starting out. I am focusing on getting my name out there. I have had some luck but still need a consistent way to get more clients.
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I've now had my fourth contact and/or client from 2 networking events. They may not be in your town, but search and see what's around!
Now, to deal with the anxiety of having potentially too much work to do with a family.. (I know, a good problem to have)
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Old 02-07-2011
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Here is a fun idea to take some of the edge off. Attend a local expo on something you can relate to.

For example, I have recently got engaged and took the opportunity to attend our local Wedding Expo to get ideas for the wedding. But because I am always in business mode, I entered every drawing they had to see which businesses would respond to my entry. At the same time I gathered brochures and information so I could match the ones that didn't respond to my entry with a follow up call inquiring about how I could potentially help them with following up on their leads.

BTW, out of 120 entries only 6 companies contacted me for follow up. That's a lot of new business there!!
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