Thinking of Getting Personal Assistant Service?

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    For a budding entrepreneur looking for a new line of business, putting up a Online Virtual Assistant service can be a good way of earning money. A personal assistant is someone who assists on daily business and personal tasks, and they usually do scheduling, travel arrangements, and research. Some personal assistant services also feature shopping and personal styling. As a home based task, this career path is great for people with a great sense of organization and innate desire to help.
    So, how does one get started? AS with all things, check for the demand in your immediate locality. Most of the clientele who use a personal assistant service are upper middle class and up, so if the demographics in your area are against you, you may want to consider making your service an online or virtual one.
    Draw up a list of virtual assistant companies that you are willing to offer, and think about pricing. You may want to scope out the competition so you have an idea of the service list and pricing range you can offer. As a budding business, do not fret if your service list is a bit to general or a bit too bare, you can fine tune as you go along. And as this is a business, you would want to think about pricing your Virtual Assistant Services services well. This is the time to think of, do I charge an hourly rate, or work on retainer? How do I go about charging expenses incurred, such as gas and call minutes?
    Then, it's time to set up your office and attend to the administrative end of things. This would mean setting up shop complete with a computer, a fax and phone lines, an email account, a cell phone and stock your office with supplies. This would also be the part where you will think about naming your business and branding your hire virtual assistant service. You would also want to create a website to get you visibility and so prospective clients can check you out.
    Finally, it's time to start marketing. As a personal assistant service is most often built on a good reputation, start networking and gaining referrals as best as you can. AT first most clients will be direct contact or personal referrals, but as you build your business you can expand to make the most of internet directed traffic. Think of great Virtual Secretarial Service such as special offers or promotions to get you started.
     

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