One year in business!
June/July marked my one year business anniversary! Although the idea of becoming a Virtual Assistant came to me many months before, it took me some time to officially start it. I say June/July, as in June I bought my domain name and paid my hosting fee but I didn’t officially start marketing my business until July 2020.
What a rollercoaster it has been! There have definitely been some highs and lows. Learning and growing is definitely something that I have done this year!
Starting a business can be scary and daunting as there is a lot to think about. Every business is different and therefore will have to consider a number of variables.
As a VA I have done the following to get my business up and running (some are compulsory and some I chose to do):
💥 Registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
💥 Took out professional indemnity insurance
💥 Registered with HMRC
💥Bought a domain name for my website
💥Bought an email address with my business name in it.
💥Registered on social media platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram….)
💥Opened a new bank account (I didn’t go for a business account)
💥Joined Facebook groups linked to business- some are industry specific and some are generic ones
💥Registered with free directories
💥Created the content for my website
💥 Regularly posted across several social media platforms whilst making some lovely connections
💥 Updated my website regularly
💥 Completed courses and training
Some common questions that I get asked on a regular basis:
Where did I gain my clients from?
Most of my clients were found through social media, primarily Linkedin.
How do you know what to post on social media?
If I am being honest….I post about everything & anything. It doesn’t have to only be business related. One post that created lots of engagement was over cereal packaging!
Is posting enough?
I believe that engagement is a big part of social media too. People buy from people and you need to gain virtual relationships. One of my clients said she chose me to be her VA, as I have supported her posts etc from minute one.
How long did it take you to get your first client?
It took me just under 2 months of regularly posting on social media to gain my first client. She is still my client now!
What services should I offer?
Whatever your business is, you need to offer services that you feel happy and comfortable with. How many you offer is up to you too.
One of the biggest things that I have learnt since launching my business is that you have to follow your own path and don’t compare yourself or other businesses, even those in the same industry to you. I have also had to accept that mistakes happen and things change. I have grown a lot in this last year and changed certain services that I offer, my branding and prices. These are all aspects of a business that will continue to change especially as you find your feet at the start of a business and see what things you most like and dislike.
Don’t forget that trying is better than not starting.
For information on business organisation, please check out my previous posts https://ghvirtualassistant.co.uk/2021/05/24/business-organisation/