What Are Coach Virtual Assistants?

Virtual Accuracy CompanieskO′ch VA adj. 1. a highly specialized and niched virtual assistant who is in tune with their coaching clients and customizes solutions based upon their individual needs and goals 2. differs from a general virtual assistant as they only partner with members of the coaching industry [syn: Virtual Accuracy Companies]

vur′chu-al asis′tent adj. an independent contractor and entrepreneur who assists you in taking care of the administrative and technical side of your business or life. They assist you or your business on a contractual basis from a remote location. While most VAs perform administrative tasks they are more than just a home-based secretary. Before setting up their practices, most VAs held prominent positions in the corporate world. The Virtual Assistance industry comprises former corporate trainers, publicity agents, marketing executives, paralegals, executive assistants and many more. **This particular definition of a Virtual Assistant was developed by Virtual Accuracy Companies.

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09

Marketing Yourself Online

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As a coach, online marketing is a necessary part of your business. Without it, you risk running out of clients and will lack the ability to grow your business. Unfortunately, many service providers are so busy providing their services that they overlook this crucial step.

While it’s understandable that it’s difficult to put the time in to market your business when you’re already so busy, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s that marketing that will help you stay in business.

Here are a few tips to help you easily and effectively market your skills online:

Join a related forum or discussion board

If you offer a service of use to online business professionals, a good first step is to join a marketing discussion forum. You can start slowly and make contributions to the group where you feel appropriate. This will help you get your name out there so more people can learn more about your services.

Joining a marketing forum as an online service provider puts your business directly in front of many potential customers. Always remember to follow the forum guidelines and basic rules of etiquette when joining any discussion. First impressions do count, so keep in mind that while on the forum you are always representing your business ñ make it work for you.

Join a networking group

Networking with others in your field is important. Not only does it allow you the opportunity to bounce ideas back and forth between people in your industry, but it can also be a great source of friendship and support.

Networking groups also help you in other ways. If a fellow coach / solopreneur is too busy to take on extra work, she or he may pass the referral on to you. Likewise, you may be able to return the favor in the future. A good networking group is a fantastic way to get support, advice and even more business.

Become an expert

People trust and like experts. And as a coach you can become the “go to” expert in your industry. An easy way to do this is to write related articles for business owners to read. List them on your website and also submit them to the article directories online.

You can create an educational area on your website like a blog. This area can provide tips and articles related to your services. By conducting yourself as an expert in your industry, you let others know that you are knowledgeable in your field. If a potential client then visits your website and reads through your content, they are more likely to contact you for support.

Marketing your skills online is important. It is potentially the lifeblood of your business. And although your schedule may be busy, try to pencil in a little time each day for this important task. This simple step can make all the difference to the success of your business.

As a website owner, your goal is to have a steady stream of targeted traffic flowing into your site. Here are three effective and proven ways to drive traffic to your site.

Blogs are a great way to add traffic to your site.

You can add a feed burner to your blog which will enable your readers to stay up to date with new posts that you add. The posts can be delivered right to their email or homepage. As you add posts to your blog, point out new articles and other content that you have recently added to your site. The more you talk about your site, the more interest you will generate.

If you choose, you can add a blog roll to your blog that lists other blogs your readers might find interesting. If you add a link of someone else’s blog to your site, ask them to add a reciprocal link to your blog. Remember to focus on your target market and what they would find interesting. If your site’s focus is on making homemade organic baby food, trading links with a blog that is focused on bulldogs won’t add targeted traffic to your site. However, trading links with blogs devoted to organic food will have a better chance at increasing your traffic.

You can also increase the amount of traffic that comes to your site with article marketing.

It may sound complicated, but it is quite easy. You simply write articles and distribute them to article reprint directories. There are many directories out there, and you will want to distribute them to as many directories as possible. This can be done manually, or you can invest in software that can do this for you. Another option is to hire a virtual assistant to submit them for you.

By adding these articles to reprint directories, you are giving permission for other people to publish these articles on their sties for free. When other website owners publish the articles you have written, they will include a “bio box” at the end of the article. You choose what the bio box says and can include links to your site. The articles can be any length you choose and can be on any topic. If you don’t like writing, you can hire a ghostwriter to write the articles for you.

Having a newsletter is another great way to drive traffic to your site.

Include a link to your opt-in page everywhere; the pages on your website, the signature line in the forums you belong to, the signature line in your email, and don’t forget to add the link to your blog. The more people that see your opt-in page, the more subscribers you will get. By sending your newsletter to your mailing list on a regular basis, you will stay in your readers’ minds. Include excerpts from new articles and other information that you have recently added and to your web pages, including links that point to the full text on your site.

Do you enjoy digging online, or off, to find useful bits of information? Do you enjoy pulling together information as if they’re the pieces of a puzzle? If you’re skilled at research you can make money with your skills. Here are a few ideas and tips to help you get started.

There are many different avenues you can take as an online researcher. You can provide:

Ebook/Information product research
Keyword research
Marketing research
Genealogy research
Business research
Target market/consumer research

That’s just the beginning of what you can offer online. They key is to start with what you know. What type of research are you interested in or skilled at? Then, explore demand and potential competition. If you’re just looking to make extra money on the side you don’t need to worry about competition too much.

The First Step

The first step to making money with your research skills is to formulate a business plan. Begin with a definition of the services you will provide. Create a description of your customers. For example, you might offer keyword research for people who want to start a small online business. Your audience might be all aspiring entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs who are young or interested in a specific industry like health and wellness.

You’ll then want to explore how you’re going to market your services. If you’re offering an online service then you’ll probably want a website, webpage, or a blog. This is a wonderful way to promote your services. You can also use word of mouth, social networking, content marketing and advertising depending on your goals and needs.

The Next Step

Once you have a business plan, it’s time to take action. Begin creating your website, pricing your services and spreading the word about your services. Create policies and procedures so your customers know what to expect. This will also help you provide a consistent experience with every customer.

The Benefits of Online Services

There are numerous benefits to offering your research services online. For example, it’s easy to communicate with clients from all around the world. Email makes it quick and easy. You can also use web forms to give your clients a quick and easy way to get a hold of you. Online services also give you the means to receive payments instantly. There are online payment services like PayPal that are easy and inexpensive to use. Once you’re ready to begin offering your services you can begin marketing and looking for clients.

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