The services a Virtual Assistant can provide for their clients are endless – it just takes a bit of creativity, skill and experience. Remember, the focus of a VA’s services is to be virtual but should not discriminate against local customers. Once a local client becomes comfortable with working with their assistant via the internet it really won’t matter whether they are just down the street or hundreds of miles away. It’s just a matter of educating your clients and providing excellent service and they will be happy with you as their Virtual Assistant.

Web Design

If you are a web designer there probably will be unlimited work available especially if you are good at what you do and your prices are reasonable. Most small businesses when starting out are on a limited budget and although they wish to have a professional website they most often do not have a large amount of financial resources available.

Creative Services

Most businesses require stationery, advertising material and a logo to ensure they have a marketable image. If you are creative or artistic there is quite often a need for someone to design a logo that stands out that can then be transferred to their stationery and advertising material. Desktop Publishing provides a service that is quite often needed because most business owners do not have the knowledge or the time to look after designing brochures, flyers, business cards or other related advertising material.

Writing Services

Newsletters

The writing of newsletter is very important and most VA’s recommend to their clients that they should have a regular newsletter to keep in touch with their own clients. This does not need to be difficult – it should provide the recipients with pertinent information they can use. The newsletter service could include writing, management and distribution and can be part of a monthly service the Virtual Assistant provides on a retainer rate.

Proposal / Grant Writing

Proposals are quite often needed when a client needs to submit a proposal offering their services or place a bid on providing a service or product. Compiling the necessary information into a compelling proposal takes skill and quite often the VA can demand a higher rate for this service.

Business Plans

Business Plans and Marketing Plans are a necessary part of every business and every business owner should have these plans in place. However, many don’t and sometimes that is why they may fail. Once again, the same as proposal writing these plans are comprehensive and require a great deal of work so a higher rate is usually paid for this service.

Press Releases

Every important event or announcement should be marketed through press releases and this can be a very interesting aspect of a VA’s business that can include distribution and monitoring the effects of the release.

Research

Knowing where to find information your clients needs to make decisions for his business can be very helpful and save the client many hours of work.

Power Point Presentations

Depending upon what the client’s type of business, this can be an important part of their function or advertising campaign. This type of service is in demand by coaches, speakers and presenters whether it’s for their presentations or sales promotions.

Organization

The role of most administrative assistants is to keep their employer organized and the role of a virtual assistant does not need to be any different. Looking after the clients schedules, making appointments and setting up reminders to keep the client on track is quite often part of the VA’s role.

General Administration

Many business owners require their phones answered and customer service issues taken care of by a service as well as taking inbound phone calls for setting up appointments or general information. It will depend upon what time zone you are in whether it is feasible to add this service to your list of what you can provide.

Sending mail and faxes, answering emails, message board moderation and ordering of supplies can all be done by a Virtual Assistant.

Bookkeeping

This is a specialized service that is high in-demand and requires knowledge and skill of accounting. Most clients will use Simply Accounting or QuickBooks and you must be skilled before offering to take care of a clients bookkeeping.

Advertising Campaigns

The organization of an advertising campaign may include both offline and online marketing and may include social media, networking and should include monitoring of each campaigns success.

There are many ways a Virtual Assistant can help their clients and it does not need to be just administrative services. By evaluating your skills and what you enjoy doing should lead you to the type of services you wish to offer. Be creative and be successful in your own Virtual Assistant Business.

The services a Virtual Assistant can provide for their clients are endless – it just takes a bit of creativity, skill and experience. Remember, the focus of a VA’s services is to be virtual but should not discriminate against local customers. Once a local client becomes comfortable with working with their assistant via the internet it really won’t matter whether they are just down the street or hundreds of miles away. It’s just a matter of educating your clients and providing excellent service and they will be happy with you as their Virtual Assistant.

Source by CarolAnn Quibell