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The business world operates far differently today than it did only twenty years ago. In fact, this new business world has created an enormous need for virtual assistants and the growth opportunities are many.

Today’s virtual assistant is the modern version of an administrative assistant. Most good virtual assistants have the same skill set as an administrative assistant but with added technical skills including graphic design, website design, search engine optimization, etc.

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  • If you’re trying to break into the virtual assistant market, you can begin by networking with other virtual assistants. Forums are a great place to start and a Google search on virtual assistance can bring you other opportunities. Always try to be active on forums. Ask questions that are intelligent, answer when you can, and always be courteous.

  • Start by building a website for your virtual assistance business. In fact, if you don’t take the time to put up your website, you significantly reduce your chances of success. You don’t have to understand coding to build a website. You can hire a website designer, or you can use one of the many software programs that allow you to building a website very simply. It may seem daunting at first but it doesn’t have to be.

  • Your website should detail your skills as a virtual assistant, as well as pricing and what type of services you offer. This is a very affordable way to tell the world about you and your virtual assistant business. You can then provide links to various correspondences to your website. You should also make sure you get your site listed in the search engines.

  • Put your profile on any of the freelance websites you plan to use. There are a number of them that bring clients and providers together. Most use a type of bidding system, which works well for both parties but it does keep things very competitive for the virtual assistant.

  • You can promote your website and any other freelance sites you are a member of in the signature of your email. Advertise online or in your local market, and consider finding clients through networking.

Here are some resources you could check out

www.virtualassistantsguide.com/start-a-virtual-assistant-business.htmlHow do you Start a Virtual Assistant Business? Here is your step by step plan for getting started.

www.powerhomebiz.com/vol40/virtual.htmOne of the hottest new home business today is the virtual assistant business. Know the ins-and-outs of this business and start earning from your home today.

www.entrepreneur.com/startingabusiness/businessideas/article71516.html – Interested in starting one of the fastest-growing home based businesses around? These existing business owners’ advice can help you get started.

www.vastartup.com/How to Start a Virtual Assistant business, Virtual Assistant Training, Coaching and Resources at an affordable price.

www.usatoday.com/money/smallbusiness/tightrope/2001-03-07-tightrope-howtova.htm – Let’s see what Jackie Eastwick, vice president of education for International Virtual Assistants Association, has to say:

There are many opportunities to have a successful virtual assistant business. The key is getting started and surviving the first part of the experience, which can be a bit rocky. Knowing the best way to get your virtual assistant business of the ground can help a great deal. Before long you’ll be a success!

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