If you're new to FindVirtual, or to the virtual assistant world in general, howdy! (Yeah, I really talk like that.)
Why are you here?
Sounds like a simple question: you're a VA, this is the best VA forum; seems obvious.
Dig deeper. Why are you here?
In marketing, we're taught to sell benefits, not features. In other words, folks don't need a drill, they need some holes, and selling them a drill makes that possible.
What benefit are you looking for here at FindVirtual?
If you're looking to learn from other VAs, the best in the industry, you're in the right place.
If you're looking to share what you know with other VAs, both to build community and foster B2B connections, you're in the right place.
If you're looking for customers . . . are you sure you're in the right place?
Back to the first group: the students. Post a question and you'll be flooded with answers. Different perspectives, practical advice, and just plain "go get 'em!" cheers from people who want you to succeed.
That second group, the teachers: as they say down under, good on you! Some professional people think that sharing their knowledge means they'll get a smaller piece of the pie. That's scarcity thinking. You, though, know that when you share what you know, you're making a bigger pie, and everyone can have some! (I love pie. Peach pie. Man oh man. Sorry; where was I?) That's abundance thinking, and it's going to rule business in the new century, the new millennium.
That third group. The ones looking for clients. There's where it can get tricky.
See, if you're writing blog posts here to share your expertise, and someone comes by this warehouse of VA goodness and connects with what you have to say, you just might get a client out of it. That's excellent, and it's one reason this site exists.
And if you're specifically looking for joint venture partners; folks with complimentary skillsets so you can work together in teams—again, that's great. Being one member of a team of experts is much more satisfying than trying to be all things to all people.
Here's where the slope can get slippery: when we start using FindVirtual as a forum to sell our services to other members.
Consider: these aren't clients, looking for a VA. These are your peers, people just like you, who are also looking for work. (Let's pause for a moment and allow all those VAs with far too many clients to raise their hands. Hmmm . . . looks like they're not the majority. By a long shot . . . )
Selling is vital to business. If you're not selling, you're not in business, that's a hobby. But it's critical to your business, and, frankly, to the survival of the modern economy, that selling gets done right.
That means that we define selling as "having conversations with people to determine whether they have needs we're capable of filling, and whether they choose us to fill those needs."
Spam? That's something we fry for breakfast, not something we do to our peers.
Please, be very careful (or, if you're Elmer Fudd, be vewy cawefuw) not to spend your precious FindVirtual time trying to sell your services to your peers.
Connect. Learn. Teach. Collaborate.
And if you'd like to further discuss my heretical take on how business gets done, give me a shout. Sharing what I know is my second favorite thing in the world, right after music. Um, wait; music comes right after my wife. Anyway, sharing what I know is way up on the list, that much I know.