Landing your first client is usually the most challenging part of getting started as a virtual assistant. If you’ve followed my previous advice on what you need to get started as a VA, you’ll be well on your way to success.
The next step is booking that first client! Without further ado, let’s talk through a few of my top tips that will help speed up the process of landing your first client.
One of the easiest ways to find your first potential client is through your current network. Friends, family, and past colleagues serve as a great starting point for your virtual assistant business and can help with booking clients. Even in this modern-day and age, never underestimate the power of word of mouth and personal recommendations.
Your friends or family may know someone in their circle who is struggling with time-management and organization, and they’ll be able to recommend you as the perfect person to help with that! This is one of the quickest ways to land a client and often leads to reliable and genuine connections because you’re being referred by the people who know you best!
So many people nowadays book services and buy products via social media. How many times have you scrolled through Instagram and have been tempted to purchase something? I know it happens to me almost daily!
Take advantage of your social media accounts to share your excitement about your new endeavor, and your followers will be able to share your posts to spread the word even further. With that said, make sure that you don’t post business-related content to your social media pages.
It’s against the Terms of Services of most platforms to post business content on personal platforms to be sure to create a business account and link to it for others to follow (more on that in the next step). I’ve made so many fantastic connections through social media and the vast majority of my clients come from my Instagram page.
Plus, by using the right hashtags, you can attract an audience from around the world. I’ve connected and worked with tons of people that I would have never been able to if it weren’t for the immense power of social media.
In addition to posting on your personal social media accounts, use the time you have before you get busy to create a separate account and branding for your new business. Find a style that suits your personality and business offerings, and start creating content specifically about your virtual assistant services and how you can help your ideal client.
Not sure who your ideal client is? I break down the process of how to figure this out in my free training, ‘How to Scale to $3K Months (In <4 Weeks)’. Click here to watch it right away!
By using hashtags, following similar accounts, and engaging with fellow virtual assistants, you’ll build your network and create connections that could lead to signing clients.
Plus, once you know which platforms your ideal client spend most of their time on, you’ll be able to effectively engage with and sign them! Also, take some time to look at your competitors in the field and consider the ones that most appeal to you as a consumer.
By seeing what works well for other people, you can incorporate those ideas into posts and branding of your own.
But make sure to never copy what someone else is doing – that’s illegal 😉 Starting out as a virtual assistant is such an exciting (& confusing) time! But I can say that starting my own VA business and working for myself has truly changed my life.
The flexibility that it allows is priceless, and I’ve made fantastic connections throughout my time working online so far.
Learn even more about signing your first (& next) client in my program, Scalable Service System.
This program shows you how to start your VA business and sign your first client in as little as two weeks! Some of my students have signed clients in just a few days after implementing the tips they learned and make back their investment by 5X!
After more than 10 years in corporate marketing, Steph Blake decided that she was ready to go full force in her virtual assistant business to help other entrepreneurs automate & organize the backend.
The end result? $14K+ months, completely booked out & ready to teach other women to do the same thing!
What began as a tiny dream to eventually help other moms stay home with their kids, turned into an obsession that she’s fully invested in as a business coach.
Today she shows women how to start a virtual assistant business and scale it to reach 6+ figures while working less than 20 hours per week.