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.
HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR STARTING YOUR VA BUSINESS BEFORE YOU HAVE A WEBSITE:
Design a professional-looking online portfolio. You can create a PDF in a Google Doc and include an ‘about me’ section, the services you offer, your rates, examples of your work, testimonials, and even a link to your ‘work with me’ form. (Want to learn more? We have training on this in the Introvert VA Club!).
- Create a business Facebook page. Add your services to your page (when you’re on your FB business page, click “services” in the left-hand column), create a 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, 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!
- 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!
Need more help starting your virtual assistant business? Learn how to create an online portfolio, LinkedIn profile, and more in The Introvert VA Club.