Ep. 019 My First Client Part 2: Virtual Assistants Share How They Landed Their First Clients
I am so excited to introduce to Karin O’Grady from Virtual Soda. If you’re on Instagram, you might have seen her, she’s @virtualsoda. And before I introduce you to her, I just want to say that her logo is one of the most memorable that I’ve seen for a virtual assistant! It’s so fun and fresh. Definitely check it out.
So a little bit about Karin: Once her 10 years in tourism marketing and product development came to a close with the birth of baby number one Karin begun a successful parenting and lifestyle blog, Calm to Conniption. Baby number two joined her and so did her podcast, The Mummy Soul Sessions which was part of the Jackrabbit FM network. When baby number three turned up she tied a nice little bow around her experience and begun working as a Virtual Assistant in her business Virtual Soda, for all the people she had met along the way.
Specialising her work with online influencers and entrepreneurs, Karin helps like minded people and businesses with an extra set of helpful, skilled hands.
So here are a few highlights from Karin’s story:
“Through life, I had already met the people that I would eventually work with.”
“You may already know your first 5 clients.”
“You can’t sell a secret.”
I love Karin’s story sooo much because it unfolded so organically. There was an ease to it all! The main thing I took from the story is that when your skills and experience align with an industry that you enjoy and already have connections in, you will rarely have to hustle.
As you know, I don’t love to use the words hustle and grind when I talk about my work. I just don’t want my business to feel like that and I don’t want your business to feel like that either! I feel there is enough grind in the 9-5 jobs, and the reason I started my business was to find more freedom and joy. So instead of thinking about grinding until you find a client, think of how you can align your skills and talents with an industry that you enjoy. That’s when things will start unfolding organically for you, just like they did for Karin.
You can connect with Karin at the links below:
Next up, we have Regina Lewis.
Regina is the blogger behind Live+Work by Faith. Her passion is to encourage, educate and inspire women who want to use their gifts to work from home. When she's not working at the local ministry as a volunteer coordinator, blogging or tinkering with Squarespace, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching "Downton Abbey" to the point that it irritates her boys and people-watching from her front porch. (also a favorite pastime of mine!)
Here’s Regina’s story:
Regina’s story is verrrry similar to mine. My very first client, before I niched to life coaches, was also one that I found on a freelancing site. I learned a lot of lessons from that first relationship, like the need to set boundaries and how important it is to have a true connection with the people you work with. I mean really, there were so many good nuggets in there, Regina. Like the need to have processes in place and the importance of using discovery calls to gain true clarity. There was just a lot of wisdom in that three minute story, so I’d recommend listening to it twice!
And her reminder that the first client is the hardest, is sooooo true! Once you get the ball rolling, things become so much easier.
So if you want to learn more from Regina, she actually has some incredible resources for you.
She has a free course, a very affordable eBook, and a very affordable course on how to find, sign, and keep clients. Also, if you sign up for her email list, which I have, she regularly sends out emails packed with leads and job opportunities. You want to check this out, so again, head over to thesupportsquad.com and check out the show notes for this episode.
To all of you fabulous VAs: Jessica, Tiffany, Mari, Karin, and Regina, thank you for lending your voices to this podcast. Thank you for being trailblazers and lighting the path for new virtual assistants who are just getting started.
I’m excited to see all of you in The Support Squad Hangout on Facebook. We’ve been having so much fun in there lately and our community is expanding every single day. Make sure to join us so for my live Q&As and lots of support and advice. I’ll see you in there. Until next time, boss babe.
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