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!
Two of the best resources I have found since starting on this Small Businesswoman trip are the Small Business Administration (SBA.gov) and the SCORE Association (SCORE.org):
Looking for small business counseling and training close to home? Your local SBA office provides crucial small business counseling, training, business development help among other benefits. Their guidance and support will help create the foundation of your small business.
The SCORE Association “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association comprised of over 11,000 volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. SCORE offers free or low cost workshops on a variety of necessary subjects and free business counseling. The SCORE mentors deliver FREE, confidential, valuable advice tailored for your business needs. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, SCORE will help you reach customers and achieve your goals.
Need help but aren’t quite ready to hire yet? Or maybe you just need to get through that overdue project. I have years of experience ready to help you through it!
My name is CV and I am your Virtual Assistant. From my home office in Corona, California, I provide the administrative assistance required by your business without the overhead.
For over 20 years I’ve worked in every aspect of office administration and find it very rewarding to be able to offer those services under my own umbrella for the benefit of my clients.
The diversity of my experience uniquely qualifies me for almost any administrative project.
When you need someone to take that project and run with it, contact me and tell me what you need.