Whether you’re a new Virtual Assistant or have been at it awhile, sometimes our business just needs a little oomph. We reach a stalemate and don’t know where to go next. Yet maybe the money isn’t there to hire an expensive designer or pay for a lot of advertising. There are several frugal tricks to boost the pizzazz factor without breaking the bank:
- Trade services with another Virtual Assistant. Maybe you’re great at content writing and she’s great at logo design. Figure out a fair trade that is a win-win. I have a Virtual Assistant helping me with a design project in exchange for a testimonial and referrals since she’s just getting started. She’s doing a fabulous job so I’m more than happy to return the favor.
- Find coupons and free offers. Do an internet search for coupons before you buy anything. You can often get free promotional offers from sites like VistaPrint. They have free business card printing; all you pay is shipping.
- Try Google Voice for phone services. As a Virtual Assistant I rely on phone and internet to communicate with clients, so I signed up for Google Voice. You can talk, use voicemail, have calls forwarded to you, and more. It also assigns you a phone number, which I like because there are times I don’t want to give out my personal phone number. I can use the Google Voice number and forward calls to my cell. Plus, if you have a pay-as-you-go phone plan, this saves minutes.
- Project management systems. Many of the online task management programs have great free options. I test drove quite a few before settling on the ones I use now. My favorites with great free options are the simple Todoist, the visual Kanban Tool, and, for the more complex, Asana. I use Remember the Milk for my personal to-do items. These tools will keep your Virtual Assistant business organized and present a professional front to colleagues and clients.
- Free trainings and downloads. There are a lot of great Virtual Assistant webinars, podcasts, printables, and other resources online for free. This is a great way to see different perspectives and approaches to Virtual Assistant tools and strategies. The Techie Mentor is a great place to start. (Disclosure: The Techie Mentor is an affiliate link. Susan has many resources I’ve used for several months and highly recommend if you’re leaning towards tech work!)
- Take advantage of the library…and not just local. Your local library can be a great resource for finding helpful business books. There is often an inter-library loan system, so if your local branch doesn’t have it they can borrow the book from another library. And did you know – if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow one Kindle book a month for free.
Those are things I’ve used to learn and grow my business. What tools and tricks have you found to help your Virtual Assistant business when you’re on a budget?
What will you do this week to give your business a boost? Share in the comments below!