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How can I get clients as a virtual assistant?

I'm a grad year student of the University of Lagos, Nigeria. I just completed a professional training to be a virtual assistant and I'm looking for entry level jobs. My areas of specialization include Internet/Online Research, Proofreading/Editing, Data Entry.

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Lynn’s Answer

Do you have an area of interest? For example, would you like to work in the finance industry, or healthcare, or marketing? Going towards an area of personal interest makes working much more enjoyable and interesting.

Once you've decided on the area or areas you'd like to work in, start by researching companies or individuals who may be interested in your services. Once you've compiled a good list of prospective companies, start sending out emails and resumes. Be prepared, this can take some time as you'll probably need to send quite a few emails before you find clients, or sometimes even get a response. When I started as a fresh new freelancer, I think I sent resumes to about 30 companies, as well as searched online job boards and used resources like Upwork and People Per Hour before I got my first contract.

When you send emails/cover letters, make sure they are unique to each application. Don't just cut and paste the same thing over and over. Take the time to tailor your application to the individual position and be sure when answering an ad to mention any and all items that the employer lists as important.

Best of luck!
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Ruth’s Answer

Well by listening carefully and giving the best advice to your clients since most people are living in depression

Ruth recommends the following next steps:

I suggest that whatever one is going through he or she must be able to speak out
Do not get peer pressure from from friends or colleagues
Do not stress yourself
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