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3 Ways To Build Your Virtual Assistant Business!

Starting a home based Virtual Assistant business is a big step and you should be proud of yourself for attempting such a big endeavor. However, once youve launched your new business, its time to get out there and find some clients.

Here are three ways you can grow your virtual assistant business quickly.

1. Referrals

One of the easiest ways to build your VA business quickly is to let others promote it. You can create a referral program that offers credits towards free or discounted services. With a referral program your customers earn a predetermined number of credits towards your services for each new client they send your way. You could also set this up as an affiliate program and offer a commission for each new client they send your way.

For example: each time they send you a new client, you pay them a set commission ($25 or ?) or it could be a percentage of the sale. Your business will determine the best way to handle this.

Referral programs can be a bit easier to manage that an affiliate program but its your Virtual Assistant biz so you can do whatever works best for you.

2. Partnerships

Consider partnering with others to grow your business. For example, if you provide transcription, you might partner with someone who moderates teleconferences and web conferences. Together you could provide a complete interview package. If you manage article submissions for website owners, you could partner with an article writer to offer a complete package.

Partnerships can be simple too. You can swap advertisements with a complimentary company. You can work to cross promote each other. You can also guest blog for each other. There are many opportunities to partner with others. As you network and meet new people stay open to the possibilities.

3. Social Networking Web 2.0

There are several social networking sites that use Web 2.0 as their basis. Including some you may have heard of:

* Facebook
* YouTube
* Twitter
* LinkedIn
* Wikipedia
* MySpace
* WordPress
* Blogger
* Flickr

There are many more, but you get the idea from the partial list. If you belong to any of these social networking sites, you have sampled a Web 2.0 platform. Each site utilizes user-generated content that is ranked by the search engines. Good content is found and the content producer gains a following that can be used to gain popularity on the web or increased visibility for a business. You can take advantage of these platforms to build business relationships which can lead to finding new clients or new partnership opportunities.

Growing your VA business takes three things – a plan, a positive mindset, and persistence! Be creative and have fun, and you will be surprised how easy it is to find clients that really need your services!

Next post I will go into more detail on how to use particular social networking sites to promote your VA business.