Discussions via the VA forums get quite interesting and it’s good to see really meaty topics take place. Recently one of my team posted a series of questions for other members to answer and it gave real insight into the background of many, their experience, why they started out as VAs, would they ever return to the corporate world, and so on. One answer given to a question asked brought to memory something I’d done a couple of times (hopefully I’ve learnt from it) where I became dependent on one major client for most of my business (and most of my income) and therefore didn’t actively continue to market my business. I’d been lulled into a false sense of security. And this is what had happened to the particular member answering the question ‘what main piece of advice would you give a new VA?’ She had advised not getting complacent about finding new clients.
I made a mental note I should add this to the VA blog.
Today I received an update to another forum where someone had replied to a post I’d made a couple of months ago and the following advice had been given:
Today networking can be done locally and online globally – I strongly recommend you do both. You’re going to pick up an audience from both avenues and you shouldn’t depend on only the one source for building your business.
Similar advice. Don’t depend on one or two clients, don’t depend on just the one source for clients.
Ok, time I did post this topic.
Sometimes we get so focussed on getting a client – any client – and then putting all our effort into that one person or business to the detriment of our own business. Keep focussed and keep building! If you get too much work you can always refer it on to another VA – better to have too much than not enough! KMT