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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.