Network, network, network! I’m finding that the best place to get administrative work is through business referrals and local networking groups.This applies to any customer based company but most especially to the general office, clerical and accounting functions.
As a Virtual Assistant, or any similar service, your new customer will want a recommendation of your skills. If you have a common association, your potential customer will more likely trust their recommendation. Canvas your (ex)co-workers and acquaintances. Make sure they are aware of your qualifications as you never know to whom they may be speaking. It is they who will give the referrals you need to help get your business started.
Spend time with a few key like-minded networking groups in your area. If you don’t know of any, a great place to start is MeetUp.com. In addition to their social aspect, MeetUp.com has a thriving community of small business groups that address many aspects of entrepreneurship. Be sure to choose a group that will help you focus and push you to grow. My favorite is a monthly group called Slick Chicks, ETC. If you’re in the Corona, CA area, look us up!
Most important is your family and core group of friends! Getting any fledgling business off the ground can be daunting. There will be times when the process is frustrating (to say the least) for various reasons. It is this core group who will pick you up, dust you off, and point you back in the right direction!