Virtual Assistants reveal who their first client was (and how they got them)

If you’re a new Virtual Assistant or thinking of becoming one, I’m sure you’re worried about how you will get new clients. So to help you get an idea of who could be that elusive and exciting first client, I asked members of my VA Handbookers Facebook group a load of questions about their first one including how they got them and what tasks they needed help with.

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The best things about being a Virtual Assistant

Although you may really want to set up your own VA business, stepping into the unknown can be quite scary. Because I know that going freelance will change your life in so many fantastic ways, I asked members of my VA Handbookers Facebook group what the best thing about being a Virtual Assistant was. This is what they said:

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Do you need a blog and what should you write about?

Members of my VA Handbookers Facebook group often ask whether it’s worth writing a blog. On one hand they hear that it’s good for search engine optimisation (SEO), but they also don’t want to write one if they don’t really need it – plus they’re not really too sure what to write about even if they do decide to start one.

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How to get awesome clients

If you want to have a satisfying and fulfilling freelance career it’s really important to have clients that you enjoy working with – because there’s no point in leaving a (horribly unfulfilling, tedious but secure) full-time job to still be miserable at work! A great client is a truly wonderful thing and they’re actually not as hard to find as you might think.

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How to manage difficult clients

Difficult clients can undermine your business, knock your confidence, feed your insecurity, make you doubt yourself and even make you start to hate freelancing – so it’s really important you know how to identify and manage all the different types. Remember that you work with your client, not for them so be proactive, steer the process and manage the relationship. 

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How Sarah Liddle set up her VA business after seeing friends go through life changing events

After seeing friends go through some serious life changing events, Sarah Liddle started to question what life was all about and where her own life was heading. Sarah also wanted to spend more time outside on her smallholding and with her family so she decided it was time to set up her own Virtual Assistant business.

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How Jo Lewis set up her VA business after being overlooked at work

After working for the same company for 13 years and then being overlooked for a well-deserved promotion, Jo Lewis decided she’d had enough. Working overtime with very little praise and appreciation, Jo had no time to spend with her friends or family, she was exhausted and her self esteem was really low. So she decided to change things.

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How Fay Blakey set up her VA business to spend more time with her little boy

After being made redundant, Fay Blakey wanted enjoyable, flexible part-time work so she could spend more time with her young son. She didn’t want to commute any more and she also wanted hours that would fit around school  So she started looking into setting up her own Virtual Assistant business so she could have the life she wanted.

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How Laura Coyle set up her VA business after being made redundant

After being made redundant, Laura Coyle didn’t want to go back to working for someone else and she wanted a working life that would reduce her stress levels and fit around her three young children. She didn’t want to waste her redundancy money so she decided to use it to set up her own Virtual Assistant business. 

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How Sophie Khaksari landed her first client within six weeks

After going on maternity leave from her job in HR, Sophie Khaksari wanted to establish a flexible working life that would fit around her young daughter. Sophie loved her job but felt she wouldn’t be able to provide the service she was used to providing and be the mother she wanted to be. So she decided to set up her own VA business instead.

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