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Companies that Hire Virtual Assistants (WORK FROM ANYWHERE!)

Companies that Hire Virtual Assistants (WORK FROM ANYWHERE!)


– So you’ve decided you wanna
become a virtual assistant, but who exactly hires VAs anyway? There are business owners
and companies out there that are desperate for your
help, and in this video, I’ll cover the types
of companies that hire virtual assistants, where to find them, and things to watch out for
so you can work from anywhere. I’m Lauren Golden here with a
new episode of Free Mama TV, showing moms like you how to start and run a successful freelancing
business from home. Subscribe to my channel and hit the bell to be notified when I post a new episode of Free Mama TV right here every Tuesday. Have you ever heard the saying, you don’t know what you don’t know? Well, finding a gig as a virtual assistant can be kind of like that. If you’re new to the
industry, you may be tempted to only apply for VA
listings on job sites, or limiting your search to companies, like the one you’re working at now. But the truth is, there are so many other opportunities out there,
and I’d hate for you to overlook them. Simply moving outside
your current industry can open up a whole new world. Plus when you look at the
number of online businesses that need help, the
possibilities are limitless. I’m going to show you a couple of places you should be looking that you might never have even considered. And be sure to watch until the end, because I’m giving away my coveted 70 Skills Checklist that will show you exactly what these
companies need help with. First, let’s talk about
the types of companies that hire virtual assistants. Good news, businesses of all types, from solopreneurs to
corporations, hire VAs. Corporations and small businesses, such as brick and mortar stores,
dentists, financial firms, law firms, marketing firms, chiropractors, they all have a need to
outsource to a virtual assistant. Next up are solopreneurs. This could be authors,
speakers, or business coaches, all the way down the line
to virtual-based businesses such as e-commerce, those selling products on their own website, Etsy, Shopify, Amazon, eBay, course creators, all kinds of online-based businesses are outsourcing to virtual
assistants as well. I have a questions for you, are you already working
as a virtual assistant? If so, I want to know
what type of companies have you worked with as a VA? Tell me in the comments below. So now that we know
the types of businesses that look for virtual
assistants, all of them, let’s discover where you
can get hooked up with them. There are four main places where I look for clients as a freelancer, and now we’re gonna walk
through them together. Number one, job sharing sites. Now, if you are already a part
of the Free Mama community, you know that this is
actually my least favorite way to go about finding a client. And the reason why is
because it’s very reactive. On job sharing sites,
the company or business or solopreneur is actually
posting a position for a contract worker,
and you are responding. So by definition you are being responsive, you’re not actually building
a genuine relationship with that person, which in
my opinion, could potentially set you up to be treated like an employee, or to be more disposable to that person. With that being said, I
am married to a freelancer who has had a lot of success on one of these particular platforms. So some examples of job
sharing sites might be the job postings on
LinkedIn, there’s HireMyMom, there is Upwork, and there is also Bark. Now, there are a lot of
other ones out there, but quickly I wanna
touch on the difference between Upwork and Bark,
because these seem to be two really common ones
that I see a lot of people in the Free Mama community
using these days. Now, Upwork, you get to
create a free profile. However, you do have to be approved. So right off the bat, if
you don’t get approved, that’s kind of a bummer. You can appeal and you can
find other ways to get in, but it’s just super discouraging
way to start your business. And the way that Upwork
works is that you can bid out projects, but you can
also set up your own profile where employers or
businesses or corporations can actually seek you out for the things you specialize in as well. One thing to note is that on
Upwork, it is super important that you follow with their
terms and agreements, and those relationships, once
you are matched with a client, are supposed to stay
through Upwork’s platform. And the reason why is when they
pay you through their site, Upwork actually keeps
a percentage of that, and thus Upwork is a business, and that’s how they make money. So they are bringing together freelancers and companies for that purpose, but they’re taking a
piece of the pie as well. And like I mentioned earlier,
one reason I’m not a huge fan is purely because I think
competition can drive the prices down, and again,
you’re not really starting from a genuine relationship,
it’s much more transactional. Which again, it’s not bad,
it’s just not the typical way that I teach how to find clients. We’ll talk more about
that in just a second. The other platform that has become more common lately that
my husband has actually had a lot of success with is Bark. Now, unlike Upwork, you’re
actually paying upfront for the leads through Bark. So you’re paying for a
certain number of credits, which is gonna put you in front
of certain job opportunities as a freelancer, and you are
able to spend your credits in order to make pitches
and reach out to people. Now, my husband does
this very strategically. He makes sure that he
has exactly what service he wants to offer, so he’s niched down, and he’s also very specific
about who he will reach out to. He’s not casting a wide net. He’s actually casting a very narrow one and making sure that when
he engages with somebody, he has a very high percentage
of turning that person into a client, and therefore
making his investment worth it. Unlike Upwork, on Bark, since
your investment is upfront, and that’s how Bark is making their money, your relationship then
can go off the platform, and you are not having to give
a percentage of your profits from your work to that
particular job sharing site. Let’s move on to number
two, which is my personal favorite way to find clients
in the digital space, and that is through
social networking groups. So some of examples of this
might be if you’re on Instagram or LinkedIn, or my particular favorite, networking on Facebook
and in Facebook Groups. Now, when it comes to networking online, you have to think about
it exactly like you would with having a conversation
with someone face to face. You’re not just gonna
go into a Facebook Group and spam them with like, “Hey,
I build websites, hire me.” That’s not super appealing
to a lot of people. Instead, you are going to
have to put forth some time, and you’re going to have to be consistent, and build relationships with people. Comment on other people’s
posts, make your own posts. Make sure that you’re
not just being reactive. Don’t just look in the toolbar and search for job opportunities or
postings with your niche, although that can be an effective tool. But I really recommend
taking the time to build genuine relationships with people, because not only could those
people turn into clients, but they’re also going to
become your biggest advocates in your business and potentially
refer business to you. Here’s your pro tip, both
with job sharing sites and with networking online,
it can be super easy to lose track of time and
just go down a rabbit hole of pitches and conversations,
and all of a sudden you’ve spent an entire week
looking for jobs on the internet and you have nothing to show for it. So instead, block your time
and do it intentionally. Spend anywhere from 15
to 30 minutes a day, whether you’re going
to be applying to sites or building relationships
through social networks, and stick with it consistently,
and then walk away. It’s not doing you any good
to spend four hours a day on LinkedIn if you don’t
actually have anything to prove for it, so little
bit every single day. Consistency and frequency, and I promise the fruits of your labor will pay off. The third way to find clients
is through networking events. Now, a lot of people resist
this for some reason, and I understand that it
takes time and planning, and you have to find an event. And yes, you have to put
yourself out there in real life where other humans might
actually see and hear you. But the reality is there’s no faster way to build a relationship
with a prospective client than meeting them face to face. So some examples of places
where I like to network, first and foremost is FemCity. It is a professional women’s organization. So to all of my Free Daddies out there, this may not be an ideal fit for you, and there might not be a FemCity
location in your community. But it is something
definitely to look into. I have gotten countless freelancing
clients through FemCity, not just from women that I’ve
actually met at the event, but then referrals or
introductions from people that I was able to build a connection with by sitting down and
sharing a meal with them and genuinely talking about how we can support each other in business. Some other great resources
for you are your local Chamber of Commerce, or
if you’re not familiar with any networking events
inside your community or professional organizations, you really need to check out meetup.com. You can search for just about anything. So whether you are
really wanting to hone in and grow your business
in this season of life, or maybe you’re just
looking for a mom friend and you want a local
moms group, meetup.com is a tremendous resource
to be able to connect with like-minded people, or
even better, your ideal clients. Last but not least, if you
wanna hook up with some other Free Mamas, I invite
you to network with us. While we are all building
virtual businesses, I have still seen so many partnerships come from Free Mamas
helping other Free Mamas. We have some that are already hiring and subcontracting to each others, and also not everybody
does the same thing. So by growing your network in general, your source of referrals is
going to continue to grow. So you can find out
where we are heading next by going to
thefreemamamovement.com/meetup. Okay, last but not least, the fourth place where you can discover where
the companies are hanging out that are hiring virtual assistants would be by telling people what you do. Again, I know this is
scary for so many people. You got into virtual work possibly because you wanted to
hide behind a computer, and I totally get it. I love to geek out behind the screen, too. But the reality is,
there’s no greater source for your business than
your real-life network to send you referrals. They already know, like, and trust you, and for the most part, they
genuinely want to help you. So make sure your friends and
family understand what you do. Strike up conversations at coffee shops, at your school pickup, or
even at the grocery store. Remember, the goal should not be to turn everyone into your client. Most of your friends and
family are not a good client for you, that would be ridiculous. The goal, however, is to
make sure that everyone knows what you’re doing so
that they can connect you with the people that
you’re meant to serve. Over the last two years,
I’ve worked with thousands of aspiring virtual
assistants, and so this video would not be complete if I
didn’t mention a few things that you should watch out
for as you look for clients. Specifically making
sure the work is legit. In the online world, it can be easy to get taken advantage of,
and I typically see this in one of two ways: scams and abuse of contractor relationships. It turns out that IRS has
opinions on this, too, so make sure that if someone
is outsourcing to you as a VA, they understand the difference between contract work and an employee. If they’re trying to require exact hours or provide certain training or tools, that person is legally
required to hire an employee, not an independent contractor. And for more information
about ways to spot a scam, you can check out my latest
episode of Free Mama TV called “How to Avoid
Work from Home Scams.” Now that you know what companies
hire virtual assistants and where to find them,
what’s your next step? The truth is, the demand
for legitimate virtual work is on the rise, so if you’re
looking for freelancing work you can do from home, but
you’re not sure what you can do to offer to someone or to stand out, I have something for you. My 70 Skills Checklist
will help you discover exactly what business owners
are desperate to pay you to do. So grab this free checklist and figure out what you can do to get
paid using the link below. Also, if you want to
join a community of mamas just like you, I have a Facebook Group where thousands of mamas
come together for support and action-taking tips and motivation. If you liked this video,
please let me know by liking it below, subscribe and share it with your fellow mamas, and
comment below with hashtag #IAmAFreeMama if this video helped you find your next client. We’re gonna do that one again. Ooh, sorry. Freeze frame, what, what. We are just going to town. Not a sentence. Time out, one moment, please. Oh, God, could you see
that the whole time? That was pretty good. I think when I look at
myself it works out better. (upbeat music) What am I saying? We gotta get going, we gotta go. (exhales) (upbeat music)

Comments (10)

  1. LOOKING FOR FREELANCING WORK YOU CAN DO FROM HOME, BUT YOU'RE NOT SURE WHAT YOU CAN DO TO STAND OUT? DISCOVER EXACTLY WHAT BUSINESS OWNERS ARE DESPERATE TO PAY YOU TO DO! https://www.thefreemamamovement.com/70skills

  2. Lauren! Woot woot! You look great. I love this.

  3. very informative video.keep it up

  4. I love this Lauren, keep it up..

  5. Awesome Info! I have worked with so many different companies in my freelancing business!

    – Online Course Creator and Business Coach (the best in the biz 😉)
    – Apothecary
    – Podcaster
    – Women’s National Networking Organization
    – Pest Control
    – Sales and Marketing Coach
    – Instagram Strategist

    I have also worked with a couple of people in a personal setting helping them with data entry, website setup, and custom database builds!

  6. #imafreemama! Thanks for this video!

  7. Where do I find the link for the guide?

  8. Love this! Thanks for another great vid!

  9. what is the difference between freelance VA and just a Virtual Assistant who works from home? is there a difference? I know this may seem like a strange question but I have to ask.

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