How to Build a Successful Virtual Assistant Business
Written by Janice Byer and Elayne Whitfield-Parr, this NEW book includes information and tips to help aspiring and established VAs with every aspect of starting and building a Virtual Assistant business.
From naming your business, to upgrading your skills, to expanding your business, we have put together everything you need to know based on our combined years in this industry and the input of successful VAs worldwide.
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an Expert Without a Budget: Write Articles (Part 1) by Janice D. Byer, CCVA, MVA
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of the most under-used forms of marketing a business that doesn’t
require forking out your hard-earned money is writing articles. The only
things you need to write articles are your expertise and your time.
articles helps you to be recognized as an expert in your field. I know
what you may be thinking, “what can I possibly write about?” Well,
what do you know a lot about? Is there something in your business or
personal life that you are really good at, something that your knowledge
on the subject would help enlighten others? Write about what you know.
articles when you are not all that familiar with the subject can take more
time than if you are already familiar with the topic but the rewards of
researching and providing the most up to date information will far
outweigh the time it takes to write it.
following are just some of ways to come up with article topics, either
those that you have experience in or those you will need to research in
order to compile.
ideas can pop into your head at any time of the day or night but are
soon forgotten. Think about having a notepad, micro-cassette recorder
or PDA handy in your home & office to record ideas. As
you are watching TV, reading the newspaper or an industry magazine,
jot down ideas. And be sure to carry it with you when you go out.
Don’t throw away your list as it will then be handy when it comes
time to write your next article.
your cues from others that you deal with during your daily routine.
When speaking with clients, acquaintances, or anyone, if they happen
to mention something they are having problems with or that they would
like to know more about, there’s an article just waiting to be
written. Do some research and put together a knowledgeable article or
list of tips.
social, economic and environmental happenings, as well as current
trends, can also be the subject for an article. How do these
conditions affect your business or affect other businesses? How can
your business provide a solution? Remember though that most editors
don’t want articles to be blatant advertising so make it a helpful
article that doesn’t come right out and sell your products or
source for article ideas can be the discussion lists, message boards
and chat rooms that you belong to. Use the ongoing discussions as your
research for your article. Summarize what is being discussed and be
sure to give credit where it is due.
If you are going to use the discussion verbatim, be sure to ask for
permission. Most will accept it as another great way to get free
can also write opposing opinions or follow-ups to other articles you
have read in newsletters, newspapers or magazines. If the article was
in one publication and you are writing a follow-up that will appear in
another publication, be sure to include a synopsis of what you are
responding to. However, if you are doing the article for the same
publication, make reference to the original article (ie. date
published, title, & maybe the author). Editors may omit this
information when printing your article or they may add more to it.
you seem to be having writers block and can’t come up with a subject
for an article, try doing a survey of your contacts to see if there is
anything they would like to know more about. You could ask your fellow
discussion list members and that may even generate an ongoing
discussion that you can use as opinions in your article. Again, if you
are using ‘word for word’, check with the originator before
our next instalment, we will look at where
you can turn to get your articles published.
Janice Byer, owner of Docu-Type Administrative & Web Design Services, provides professional, creative and affordable virtual office assistance and small business website design. She is a Certified Canadian Virtual Assistant (CCVA) and Master Virtual Assistant (MVA). She is also the author of Surfin' The Net - Docu-Type's Virtual Collection of Links, which is filled with the secrets of her success. Visit her website for more information and to get your copy.