How tos and other online business info
for the savvy entrepreneur.
I love ConvertKit for so many reasons but probably one of the biggest reasons is how easy it is to use!
There might be a bit of a learning curve in terminology depending on which email services you’ve used before, but once you get the hang of that, the actual system is really intuitive and super easy to learn.
I thought it would be helpful to walk through some of the common tasks ConvertKit users will be doing on a regular basis - essentially create a body of 'ConvertKit How-Tos’!
A few years ago, when my oldest was born I decided that I needed to figure out a way to both contribute to our family and be available for my kiddos, whenever they needed me.
It took a bit of trial and error before I found my sweet spot. I worked with Apple, Inc. as a tech advisor from home briefly and also tried my hand at a couple of different sewing businesses.
None of the options I tried seem to work. Either they were not a good fit for my family or just not a good fit for me. Let’s just say, sewing is a great hobby for me to do twice a year…
Social media is a cool thing. We can connect with long-lost friends and family, share pictures, and keep in touch. You can also learn lots of cool things from Pinterest and watch funny videos on YouTube. But social media is also a great tool for your business, too! And I don't mean for marketing and getting sales.
Facebook in particular has been a virtual godsend for me because I am able to network with other VAs, find potential clients, but most importantly, learn!
This is one of the most common questions I come across in Facebook groups. People want some help with their businesses, but they have no idea what a VA can actually do.
Before diving in, I want to preface by saying no two VAs are the same.
We all have tasks that we are more skilled in than others. Some VAs only work with certain types of businesses, like coaches, brick and mortar, healthcare professionals, etc. Others are generalist VAs who do a bit of everything.
When I first got the idea to start my virtual assistant business, I didn’t know for sure the best way to get started.
There were a few classes I could invest in to learn how to go about starting my business, but I wasn’t able to take the plunge. So I became good friends with Google and learned enough that I was able to get started and am still going strong 2.5 years later.
But there a few things I didn’t learn by googling that I really should have done differently and I made a some mistakes....
As business owners, we’re often thinking about the next thing we can do to get another client, sell more of our products, have a bigger reach, and ultimately make more money. And I’m sure a lot of us spend time thinking about our goals and accomplishments and also where we would like our businesses to take us.
While it’s important to focus on these things, we also need to take time to think about how we can help others, too...
A highly requested tasks from many clients of VAs is to send an email out for them to their mailing lists, customers, other businesses, etc.
Usually the client writes the email and then sends it over to their VA to send out to the intended recipients(s). These emails can be newsletters, announcements, launch emails, list building, you name it. But the all require the same basic information in order to be sent.
Many businesses both online and brick & mortar connect with their customer and follower base through newsletters.
They’re a great way to share valuable ideas and tips and also keep your followers up-to-date of the goings on with your business.
But, like anything else with our businesses, they can take quite a bit of time to get together. After all, sending out a newsletter requires way more than just simply writing the newsletter copy. Or does it?
I can’t tell you how many times I see this very question in Facebook groups from aspiring VAs or people just checking into being a Virtual Assistant.
And I can tell you from my own experience… YES! You absolutely can start a VA business without any experience.
The world of virtual assistance can seem like there’s a shroud of mystery surrounding it. How do you find VAs? Can a VA actually save you time? The list goes on… My goal is to try to remove the vale and make things as crystal clear as I can. Today I want to tackle: How VAs charge for their services
These are the most common ways I’ve encountered that VAs bill for their services: