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Virtual Assistant Contracts

What are best Virtual Assistant Contracts to Use?

Virtual Assistant Contracts are an important element of running a successful residence business.

Prior to starting your a virtual assistant home-based business, you want to give some thought to the contracts you’ll use. A legal contract will ensure both you and your client have exactly the same regarding the services you will provide and the compensation you’ll obtain. Even if you are working for family members or friends, a good contract can avoid misunderstandings and hurt feelings down the road.

People can forget what is said during verbal agreements and something written down is a nice resource to review in the future.

There are many types of virtual assistant contracts you can choose from and what you use will depend on the types of services you supply as a VA. When you choose your target industry and are certain of the types of services you will provide, you can then create contracts that outline the services you’ll perform in detail, as well as your terms of service and compensation rates.

While you need professionally designed, legal contracts designed specifically for Virtual Assistants, you don’t have to spend a fortune. You can save a considerable amount of money by editing VA Contracts and just having a lawyer in your area review them.

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Finding Clients

Finding Clients: Where do I begin?

Many new virtual assistants focus on finding virtual assistant jobs rather than finding clients. What’s the difference? The distinction is actually quite important.

Clients are business owners that you can build a lasting relationship with and work as a team. Clients will work with a virtual assistant on a continual basis and may add more responsibilties as their trust in their VA grows.

Virtual Assistant jobs are often just one time projects. The VA does not have the time to learn much about the business and discover ways to help the business flourish. They simply perform the job for a set amount of money or often a low hourly rate. Once finished they need to look for a new job.

This is a tough way to make a living as a Virtual Assistant. If you want to build a profitable home based business, you need to find loyal clients that will use your services on a continual basis. Some virtual assistants even go as far as only taking on clients on a “retainer” basis. This provides a steady flow of work…and more importantly, a steady flow of income.

The best way I know to find clients is to market your business every way you can and to master the skill of networking. Attend offline networking events and carry your business cards with you everywhere you go. Have a good referral incentive program for your existing clients because word of mouth is a great way to build your business.

Once you set up your website, join some social networking sites and begin networking with other business owners who may need your services, or know of others who do.

Concentrate on finding clients to form lasting and mutually beneficial partnerships with, and you can build a successful home based Virtual Assistant business.