The virtual assistant business is one of the fastest growing online home-based businesses today. Many businesses need highly skilled professionals to provide administrative support and other specialized services, yet may not have the resources to hire full time staffs or the time to do all the things that needs to be done.
Johnita Glover and Tracy Jackson saw the the demand for administrative assistants who can work remotely, and started Virtual Business Consultants, Inc. Learn about the virtual assistant business and what you need to succeed in this business:
How did Virtual Business Consultants, Inc. started?
Virtual Business Consultants, Inc. was founded by Johnita Glover, CEO and Tracy Jackson President and COO who have over 10 years of executive and business administration experience. We have the experience of working in legal, accounting, non-profit and grant management operations. Our goal is to assist small business professionals and entrepreneurs in running their business efficiently and effectively while creating more time for them to focus on their core business tasks and income generating activities.
What services do you offer? Among the various services you provide, what are your most in-demand types of services?
We specialize in Administrative and Secretarial Services, Calendar and Email Management and Database and Client Management Services for entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations and small businesses. Our most demand services are calendar and email management, appointment scheduling, mail merging, document editing, event coordination and voicemail services.
What are the must-have qualities to succeed as a virtual assistant?
The must have qualities to succeed as a virtual assistant is adequate communication, patience and understanding of your clients needs and overall business functionality. As well as giving our clients the ability and know-how to delegating their work.
What were the challenges you faced when starting Virtual Business Consultants, Inc.?
The overall challenges we faced when starting Virtual Business Consultants, Inc was the ability to find clients that fit the ideal need for a virtual assistant. As well as, proposing and convincing potential clients how beneficial a virtual assistant can be versus a full-time employee.
What makes Virtual Business Consultants, Inc. stand out from its competitors? What are the factors for success in this business?
Virtual Business Consultants, Inc is client and contract specific. We are more than willing to develop a face-to-face relationship vs. other virtual assistant companies that restrict themselves to just online interaction. Virtual Business Consultants, Inc prides itself on developing a trusting relationship with our clients. We ensure that our services are very cost effective for businesses that may not have the resources to hire full time staff and pay benefits and taxes. The factor for success as a Virtual Assistant is being able to be a part of our client’s mission towards reaching their goals.
How important is customer service for virtual assistants? How does Virtual Business Consultants, Inc. demonstrate great customer service?
Customer service is extremely important we believe strongly in building lasting relationships with our clients, understanding them and meeting their needs to move ahead together. We understand the time and effort it takes to run a business, therefore all services offered are tailored specifically to the needs of each client.
How are you marketing your virtual assistant business?
We are marketing our virtual assistant business via networking events, online social optimization and local advertisements.
One of the benefits of being a virtual assistant is that it allows you to work from home. What are the challenges you face working from home? What do you need to make your home office work for this type of business?
Thus far we have not faced any challenges from working from home. We are able to conduct all tasks via MS Office Software, phone, fax and email. Because Virtual Assistance is a home –based business it is important to establish a level of comfortability and trustworthiness by arranging a face to face meeting with your proposed client or at some point as you work together to aid in building a lasting relationship.
What are your plans for Virtual Business Consultants, Inc. in the next 5 years?
Our plans for Virtual Business Consultants, Inc in the next 5 years is to open a local virtual office with a staff of virtual assistants to support companies and organizations worldwide.
What lessons can you give to other women entrepreneurs?
Our number one lesson for other women entrepreneurs is to establish and prioritize your goals. Establishing and prioritizing your goals creates destination points along your road to business success and helps you to keep focused along the way.