What skills do you have? More than ever before, businesses are looking for virtual help. Online business service providers meet this demand by offering services such as web design, bookkeeping, data entry, transcription, and content writing. Sometimes a number of these services are bundled together under the title “virtual assistant” or VA. All you need is an internet connection and an in-demand skill.
Here are 10 tips to help you earn money providing business services.
1. Specialize Your Skills
If you have any certain specialized skill that’s rare, use it to get clients. There are many business service providers around the world and some do their work for extremely low rates.
Theresa’s Tip: The way you get clients to pay premium rates for your services is to do something rare and different, or exceptionally well. Keep expanding your skills and learning new ones so that you have more to offer.
2. Specialize in Your Target Market
The same goes for your target market. If you can specialize in a certain niche and target businesses in this niche, you can get more business.
Theresa’s Tip: Rather than just being a content writer, focus on content writing in the home improvement niche.
3. You Are a Business
Many people start offering business services evenings and weekends, only to find themselves eventually in a position to quit their day job. 😉
But even if you’re only doing an odd job here and there, you need to treat it like it’s a legitimate business. This will make the eventual transition much easier. You’ll also need to have the proper financial and tax paperwork in order.
4. Offer Payment Options
It’s good to have as many ways of taking payment as possible. PayPal is the main online payment processor but there are many others as well whose popularity is growing. The more options you give clients, the easier it will be for them to work with you.
5. Use Freelance Sites While Working on Your Own
Freelance sites connect you with clients immediately, but you have to play by their rules. They also take a cut of your pay. If you have a site for your services, you have total control and there is no middle man, but it takes time to get a site off the ground.
A good strategy is to use freelance sites for quick and easy money while you build traffic to your site, and eventually a steady client base.
6. Shop for Domain Names
When thinking for a name for your business, check to see what domain names are available. Try to choose a name with a domain that’s available. This is much easier for others to remember and also offers you SEO benefits.
Theresa’s Tip: Only choose a “.com” domain because that’s what people think of most commonly. If another business has the “com” and you have “.net”, you run the risk of losing business to them.
7. Dabble in SEO
For your site, you need a strategy to drive traffic. It doesn’t need to be anything terribly complex. Don’t let those three letters – SEO – scare you. Research basic SEO strategies like guest blogging, social media or online forums, and use them to start drawing steady traffic.
8. Hook a Big Fish
You’ll get the chance to work for many different clients as your business grows, but the best case scenario is to have a few major clients who provide you with good, steady work. Try to seek out clients who need a great deal of work done and become their go-to person. It’s much easier than constantly looking for new clients.
9. Never Stop Marketing
You should never stop marketing your service, even when you’re being kept busy with plenty of work. Marketing requires momentum. It’s not the case where you can suddenly crank up your marketing when jobs get scarce.
10. Look to the Future
Also, when you’re busy with steady work and happy with your service, don’t make the mistake of forgetting about the future. You’re running a business and just like any business, you always need to have a plan of where to go next. Carve out a little time in your busy schedule to work on ways to keep moving forward.
Can You Start Providing Business Services?
Virtual assistants are now more popular than ever. A virtual assistant handles day to day operations remotely from home such as answering inquiries, setting appointments, and offering customer service. This is a wonderful way to earn residual income while working from home.
Is starting a VA business something you think you’d be great at? The first step in building a successful business, even a side business, is to create a business pan. If you need some help with this, I have developed a step-by-step Business Plan Training Course that will help you with the first steps of building a sustainable business.
Providing business services is an excellent career choice because there’s so much demand. Although some businesses outsource to the cheapest services possible, there are plenty that are willing to pay top-dollar for high-quality services.
If you run a virtual assistant business, I’d be interesting in hearing about how you decided on a niche to service? Also, did you go through any special training to sharpen or build your skills?
You success is my business!