Many new VAs 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.
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 when you send cold-pitch emails.
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR STARTING YOUR VA BUSINESS BEFORE YOU HAVE A WEBSITE:
Design an online portfolio.Any type of VA in any niche can create an online portfolio.
An online portfolio includes everything a website would, including an about me section, your services and pricing, a link to your calendar or ‘work with me’ form, and more.
You can create your portfolio in Microsoft Word or Pages and send a PDF version to potential clients. Another option is making it in a Google Doc and sharing the link. A third option is creating it in Canva and sharing the link.
(Want to learn more? We have trainings inside the Introvert VA Club on how to create one in a Google Doc and Canva!).
- Create a business Facebook page. Add your services to your page, create a FB cover image (Canva has free templates), and invite people to like your page. 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 and experience, get endorsements, and network all on one site! All kinds of people hang out on LinkedIn, and it seems to be growing in popularity with all sorts of business owners. It also doesn’t seem as “noisy” as Instagram or Facebook, which means you might get discovered more easily.
- Create a Canva website. Did you know you can create a one-page website using Canva? When I first wrote this blog post, this wasn’t even an option. Now that it is, I recommend going this route if you’re just starting out. The websites are easy to make and you can either connect your own domain or use a free one from Canva! To design your site, you can use a Canva website template or purchase a website template specifically for VAs!
See? There are 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 getting out there and getting clients!
Need more help starting your Virtual Assistant business? Learn how to create an online portfolio, FB profile, LinkedIn profile, and more in the Introvert VA Club.