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Hi! I'm Carolina and I'm writing from Portugal. I'm quite new as a Virtual Assistant and I'm looking for opportunities as an assistant, translator, CRM or even as a social network manager. If you need anything, please let me know, maybe I can help, specially if you are doing business with Portuguese speaking countries. Many thanks! Carolina
Greetings! Today I succeeded at completing my LinkedIn Portfolio and acquiring additional Connections. If you would like to Connect, please visit my page: www.linkedin.com/in/catherineterry (Sorry that I mis-phrased this earlier today. It was very early hours for us in the U.K. ) Catherine
I wanted to write to offer some encouragement to you new VA's trying to land your first client, or those of you just trying to get more clients via networking and social media. But let me state up front - it is not always a speedy process. This week, I signed three new clients. I have been in business for 14+ years, and usually get a steady stream of potential clients (PC) calling about my services - not every client that calls converts to a paying client (at least not right away!). This is important for you to understand!! It doesn't always happen right away - I consider these calls as "planting seeds". Some come to fruition and grow - others do not. That's ok! How I NetworK I go to live, offline networking events and conferences. Meeting people face-to-face really solidifies relationships. I visit online forums (such as this one) and reply to posts and offer help within post threads on topics that I am knowledgeable. I follow certain #hashtags on Twitter and reply and answer basic questions there too. I join Facebook and LinkedIn groups - again, replying and offering to answer questions or solve issues on which I am knowledgeable. I am part of a couple paid masterminds/groups - I join in on their mastermind calls. I offer my advice and help. At my discretion, I will also mentor people, and offer more one-on-one specific help - often at no cost. Generally, I try to be helpful, encouraging and engaging - letting others get to know me, like me and trust me. I offer value. All of the above is done on my own time schedule, at my own choosing, but it helps get my name out there, and brand me at as expert in what I do! I'm going to share real life examples with you, so you can see how these PC's become paying clients. True scenario example #1: PC #1 calls and was referred by someone I know online. I had met the referrer at a live event, so we've met face-to-face. I do NOT chat with this referrer ongoing, but we network in similar circles. She knows who I am - I know who she is. This PC had an issue, and the referrer knew I was an expert in this field and sent the PC to me. The PC called me last Friday and Monday she paid me and by last night, all the work was done and the PC (now a paying client!) was a happy camper and is going to be doing another project with me, possibly as soon as next week. Networking that first occurred TWO YEARS ago, paid off this week! True scenario example #2: PC #2. I get a call Tuesday evening from a former client who I worked with on a big project that lasted for more than a year. They loved my work! They have referred a few people to me, but in this case, the client was referring a relative to me that owns a project management company that manages several neighborhood associations. They needed someone to design neighborhood web sites - several of them, plus, provide ongoing monthly maintenance. Yesterday (Wednesday) the PC called, we chatted by phone and I will now be designing all their web sites going forward and providing maintenance! True scenario example #3: PC #3 and I first "met" on the Warrior Forum (which is the #1 internet marketing forum). I often visit that forum, again, offering help and advice. This PC posted in one of the forums I frequent, seeking help. I replied (as did several others) last week. We chatted by phone on Monday and late last night, I got the email that I am hired! This will be ongoing work, as this person is an offline consultant selling to others the services I provide. True scenario example #4: I have one client now, who originally contacted me one year ago to discuss my services. She was referred by another client of mine. It took her almost an entire year to finally sign up and become a paying client. So not every PC you talk to, will sign up immediately. Sometimes they aren't ready - and it's not always you, or your prices or anything at all to do with you as to why they do not sign up. Sometimes it really is them. True scenario example #5: I saw on Facebook someone needed help with a Wordpress issue. I knew it wouldn't take me but a few minutes to do, so I offered to do this for free! I did, she was thrilled. Then several WEEKS later, she sent me a message, she is wanting her blog re-designed, and she is now hiring me to do this work. So in this case, free help - turned into a paying client. I hope all this helped and encouraged you. It can take time, but if you are consistently putting yourself out there, networking and making those connections - it really will help build your business.