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When I started my Virtual Assistant business five years ago when the online world was just starting to pick up. As my business grew and I niched down to just Pinterest Virtual Assistant. I would always have to explain my business and then explain where you can find clients for your PVA business.
Five years ago most people didn’t know what a virtual assistant was. And earning money online was just becoming a big thing. The other struggle was I wasn’t confident in my business. I always had to explain where I found my clients. I always hated having to explain to them that there is a ton of businesses that hired virtual assistants.
I felt like people were judging me and using my business as an excuse to be able to stay home. They didn’t know that I had a desire to never have to step into business outside my home again. My goal is to be able to earn a full-time income from home while working part-time hours.
Fast forward to today, and finding clients for my PVA business is much easier than it was five years ago. Hopefully, you will find a nugget or two in this post to help you grow your own PVA business.
If you have thought about becoming a Pinterest Virtual Assistant but have no idea how to start, I highly recommend you take this course: Become a Pinterest Virtual Assistant Today. It’s the course I took when I niched down and within 90 days I had three clients.
Find your ideal client
First, let’s talk about your ideal client. Your ideal client is the one who has everything you are looking for. Their business has a need that you can identify at first glance. When you can identify a need quickly, that usually means they aren’t aware they need help. But your service can help their business grow.
While thinking about what your ideal client should look like, will help your process of figuring out how to find your client. Maybe your ideal client is working for a blogger or maybe your ideal client is working for a small business. Knowing who or what you are looking for will help you narrow your search process
Some questions you can ask yourself:
- What are my strengths and services I can offer?
- Who do I like to work with?
- Does anyone I know have a small business who may need help?
- Do they sell anything?
- Is there a profession you prefer to work with?
- Where do you find your ideal client?
The very first thing I do when I think about taking on another client is I pray. I ask God to help me decide if it’s gonna be good for my family. If it’s going to be good for me and then I ask him to lead me to the new client. I pray and ask God for a specific amount of payment, how soon I want to take the new client and for a great working relationship with my client.
Usually, within a couple of weeks, I will have a new client making the exact amount of money that I had prayed about. If I don’t get a new client within a week or two it’s usually because something came up and it wasn’t the right time.
When I got my very first VA job I asked all my friends who had small businesses if they needed help. It was a little scary, but at the same time I didn’t really expect anyone to say yes. Then one of my friends did say yes and I have had her as a client for five years!
That was how I got my very first VA job.
I know many PVAs who have gotten clients through networking on LinkedIn. They have found a business they think would be a good match and ask their friends to introduce themselves to the other person. Once introduced they are able to pitch to the prospective client as a warm patch instead of a cold patch.
Direct prospecting means that you are have done your research and found a business you would like to support. Direct prospecting is good, but it may take more time because you have to build a relationship of trust. Once that is built you can send them a proposal of how you could help make their business stronger.
Upwork as a website that has jobs that are available for freelancers. Businesses will post work that is available on Upwork when they are looking for a freelancer or virtual assistant. Virtual assistants often find jobs they can do through Upwork.
Upwork is also a good place to look for Pinterest VA clients. When using Upwork, they do pay hourly, but it’s a great place to start when you are first starting your PVA business and looking for clients.
Facebook groups are my FAVORITE way to find new clients. Since I have niched down to PVA services I hang out in blogging groups and that is where I will find my clients.
If you have a particular service that you wanna offer then you would want to join specific Facebook groups for that. Let’s just say you wanna be a Pinterest VA then you would probably want to join blogging groups blog and so that you can prospect people in that group.
If you just want to have a VA business, you would look for Facebook groups for Virtual Assistants. Many of those groups have posts daily where people are looking for help.
A quick glance at pitching your client
You will want to do your research on your new client before you pitch them. By doing your research, you are showing them you are aware of their business and it shows them you take new clients seriously.
This will show your client that you have done your research and make them more comfortable to trust you with their business.
After you’ve done your research you’ll want to reach out to the client and send them an email where you pitch your services and how you can help their business grow.
Find clients for your PVA Business
I am certain there are other ways to find clients for your PVA business. The ideas mentioned above are just the ones I have known to work for me and some of my VA friends. If you are concerned that you won’t be able to find a client, don’t be worried! From what I have learned there are plenty of clients for everyone.
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Stephanie has been blogging at Sticky Note Mom for 4 years. Before starting her blog she worked in the finance industry working on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade to working for major financial institutions with personal financial planning and the mortgage industry. Now she shares all she has learned about frugal living to help others learn how to stop spending and start saving more.