A lot of aspiring VA’s are paralyzed by the idea of setting up a website, and I don’t blame them. It can be a lot of work, especially if you’ve never done it before.
Luckily, you don’t need a website to get your VA business off the ground! There are other ways you can have an online presence without building a website. Although I recommend eventually having a site, I don’t want you to get hung up on building one and never putting yourself out there.
FYI, I know a VA who worked for over two years before she finally built her site, so it can be done! All you need are a few regular clients and you’ve got yourself a business.
Think about it: the purpose of a website is to tell people about your services, and there are plenty of ways to do that! The tips below are perfect for getting started and can be shared with clients that you send cold pitch emails to.
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HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR STARTING YOUR VA BUSINESS BEFORE YOU HAVE A WEBSITE:
Design a professional-looking online portfolio. My friend, Jay Jones of The Nitty Gritty Virtual Assistant, can teach you how to create a portfolio that reflects who you are, what your business does and why. Jay will even take the time to read and edit your portfolio as you complete each lesson. That’s a big deal! Plus there’s a private Facebook group where you can ask questions. Perfect for virtual assistants, graphic designers, or anyone in the service industry.
- Create a business Facebook page. You can include a document with your services and make it super easy for people to find. Invite people to like your page and make sure to post regularly! Note: Be sure to create a business Facebook page. A personal FB page won’t cut it. Luckily, business pages are easy to set up and look professional!
- Make a LinkedIn profile. You can list your services, your experience, get endorsements, and network all in one site! All kinds of people hang out on LinkedIn, but it’s especially popular with professional CEO types. If that’s your ideal client, definitely check it out!
- Create a Google Doc. Add info about yourself, your business, the services you offer and your rates. Make sure your spelling and grammar are on point by double and triple checking! Whenever you reach out to a client link the document in your email.
- Put up a “Coming Soon” page. If you’re setting up a website but it’s taking longer than you thought (this is totally normal, by the way) you can put up a “coming soon” page with your email address so people can still contact you if they’re interested in hiring you. This isn’t the most proactive marketing technique, but it’ll prevent people from hitting a roadblock if they happen to land on your page.
See? There are so many ways to start and build your business before you have a website. Don’t let the overwhelming prospect of creating a website stop you from being the rockstar VA you are!
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