Blog post 21, October 31, 2018
My Work-From-Home Journey
Niche Down Your Services By Listening!
Hello everyone. Happy Halloween! Don’t you just love the fall season? Things have been moving right along with my business. I told myself that I would stay on schedule with my blogs, but have found that I am happy getting paid proofreading and writing when the mood strikes. One thing I have learned over the last few weeks is that when you are struggling to niche down the best thing to do is listen to what services people are asking you for. If you don’t have time to read this blog post, feel free to pin it to one of your boards and read later.
LIsten to Find Your Niche
Since the beginning of my virtual assistant side hustle, I struggled to narrow my niche. I didn’t want to say no to anything for fear of not getting a job. My mindset made me have self-doubt and fear in succeeding in my work-from-home business. It made me doubt my abilities and skills that I do have.
When I started networking at my local chamber of commerce for my business I offered a menu, more like a laundry list, of services that I can provide. I was asked more than once to set up a person’s website. But I let fear stop me. Fear limited the services I provided at the beginning. Have you ever heard of “Jack of all trades, master of none”? I so didn’t want to be that person. I stopped offering administrative support, customer service, and off-site e-mail management. This decision was made because of all the requests that I was receiving to set up websites; my niche chose me. I now solely focus on setting up a person’s website for their VA service or blog.
Put Your Niche Into Play
I am doing exceptionally well in my proofreading business. My VA business was doing okay. However, I am doing even better than before. Now that I found my niche in proofreading and all things website I feel like I am providing a more polished service. After I set up a person’s website if they aren’t comfortable with managing it, I will provide an ongoing service to do that for them. I also provide website maintenance. Nobody likes to click on a link to a blog and receive a 404 error. I will even set up and manage your Pinterest board for you.
These are images of my Pinterest viewers from August 4, 2018, to October 29, 2018. I was so excited to hit 32,132 viewers. It took me from May 2018 to August 2018 to figure out how to improve my Pinterest and Tailwind skills. I was more than excited to see how much I made my views increase with a few tweaks here and there each time a pin failed. Yes, it happens. You just go back and create a new one and try again.
The Best Thing About My Work-From-Home Business!
I think what I love the most about my work-from-home business is a few of things that can’t be traded for money. First, I love the freedom it gives me to schedule my doctors’ appointments whenever I can get in. Same with my daughter’s appointments. Second, I love being my own boss and giving my customers a product that I am proud of. Third, having the flexibility of not commuting is total freedom. Finally, I don’t have to take my three fur-babies to doggie-daycare.
My kids are grown, so I no longer have the stress of daycare. My only wish is that I would have done this when they were little, and I didn’t pay out for the daycare that I did. I was lucky enough to have my mom watch the kids some of the time, but there were years when I had to have them in after-school programs and daycare because my mom was short-tempered and was no longer use to being around bickering kids.
Now Stop Doubting Yourself and Succeed!
If you have no idea what to offer in your business, then you should grab a piece of paper. Start making a list of each job you have ever had. Yes, all of them. Now answer these questions. What skill did you pick up at each of your previous jobs? Did you learn a specific skill? Was there a skill that you wanted to learn?
Now, once you have that list made go to 150+ Services to Offer as a Virtual Assistant and highlight what you like to do and cross off what you don’t like. The services that you don’t know how to do, but possibly want to do can be highlighted in a different color. Now, think about how you can learn that skill and see if you want to offer it as a service. Once you learn about that skill that you didn’t know how to do, did you also learn that you did or didn’t want to provide this service?
Repeat this for each skill you don’t know; in the end, you will have a narrower niche of what services you can provide. This should be enough to get you started.
Until Next Time
If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment. I would love to know what else you would like to talk about. If you want to start your blog or set up your website let me know how I can help you. You can even send a question on the submission form on my website homepage or e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you, and I will respond to all e-mails and comments.
This week’s book suggestion is The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss 2009
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