Canadian Virtual Assistants in High Demand

Canadian Virtual Assistants in High Demand

soc-proof1This post on one of the Facebook networking sites that I follow and participate in, sparked the idea for this post.

You see, it’s always advisable to know that you have a hungry target market for your services. And there is currently a very hungry market for experienced, reliable virtual assistants who can handle simple computer tasks in:

  • WordPress
  • AWeber
  • Wishlist Member
  • Social Media Posting (Facebook & Twitter)

I know many young moms who might be wondering what they can do to make money from home – and this is one viable option.

If you have the skills they’re asking for in WordPress, AWeber, Wishlist Member and Social Media posting, you can easily get set up and start charging $20 or more per hour for your work. If you’re skills are in other areas of computers or online marketing, there are certainly still opportunities but these are the HOT ones right now.

soc-proof4Of course, you’ll need more than one client to create your business, and you will constantly need to be upgrading your skills. It’s an easy business to get started in with some base skills, but nothing in online marketing stays stagnant for long – so to stay on top of your game and continue to attract clients a commitment to consistent education is essential.

And that’s why it’s good to know that there are many who are currently (as in looking for people this morning!) looking for people with these skills. (All these screenshots are from one conversation on just one Facebook network this morning)

soc-proof2 Why are Canadians with these skills in such high demand? In simple terms the current exchange rate on the dollar has made it difficult to hire US providers.

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So if you’re a Canadian resource with these skills, the market is ready and waiting for you.

Have questions? Feel free to book a coaching session!

Ten Tips for WAHMs

Being a Working At Home Mom (WAHM for short) can often turn into a balancing act. The duties of work and home begin to overlap, and often one can take over. Many moms decide to work at home to spend more time with their families, but end up dedicating even more time to work. Here are a few tips to help you juggle.

1. Get organized. Figure out what your goals and priorities are, in your business and in your personal life, then figure out how to achieve them. Then put your house, office, and life in general, together in a way that will help you achieve your goals.

2. Lists, lists, lists. One you have your plans and goals, make to-do lists. Try to organize your lists by priority. If something doesn’t get done, it probably wasn’t that important anyway.

3. Multitask. At some point, you’re probably going to get burnt out doing things that seem tedious or that you just don’t want to do. Try mixing it up. If something is really stressing you out, go on to something else and come back. As a WAHM, there’s always something else that needs to get done.

4. Set work hours, and follow them. Set work hours for times when the kids aren’t around, or don’t require a lot of attention. When your work hours are done, stop working. If you can’t manage to get your work done, you may need to reset your work hours, but you most likely need to look at how much work you can actually take on.

5. Make a separate space for work and family. While it may be easy to work and play in the same area, it helps to have a dedicated office area when you work from home. This will help you focus on what you need to be doing, and even help protect you from getting your work disrupted by your family.

6. Get the family to help. Sure, if your kids are young, they aren’t going to be able to help with much, but even very small children can often help organize the house or dry dishes. Make sure everyone does their part.

7. Take time for you. When balancing work and family, you often forget an important part of the equation: you. When scheduling your work and family, always schedule some time to relax, socialize, and do what you like to do.

8. Make friends. Even if you don’t get to see them a lot, friends are an important part of maintaining your physical and mental health. Remember to take time to keep your friendships alive.

9. Stay positive. One of the biggest keys to success is keeping a positive attitude. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish as long as you believe you can do it. Plus, you’ll be setting a great life example for your kids at the same time.

10. Remember that you are unique. Trying to fit into someone else’s schedule and someone else’s plan isn’t necessarily going to be successful. You need to tailor your plan into your family’s unique needs and find something that works for you.

The Traits of a Good Copywriter

Copywriting can be a profitable and rewarding career, and with the internet the way it is, it’s easier than ever to get started in the business. But before you spend time and money getting your business going, stop and consider whether you’re the right person for copywriting (and whether it’s the right career path for you).

While anyone can be a copywriter, there are some key skills you need to be successful. While some can be developed, there are others that you are simply born with. Here are some traits a good copywriter needs to have:

Good Communicator – A good copywriter has to be able to get the reader to want the product without losing their interest. This means the copy must be concise, but still descriptive and captivating. This takes someone who not only knows what people want and what draws them in, but also someone who can use that to their advantage.

Persistence – You’re not going to make tons of money right off the bat. You have to work to establish yourself. You also need to study copywriting/marketing to continue developing your skills.

Discipline – Most copywriters are freelancers who work from home. While this is obviously a plus, it can also be a huge, huge minus. Sure, you have flexible hours and the ability to do other things and spend more time with your family. You also have ten times the distractions and a lot more opportunity to slack off instead of getting you work done.

In addition to being in a distracting environment, you’re probably working on several projects at one time. A good copywriter can set priorities, goals, and a rigid schedule. And then (and here’s the hard part) stick to them.

Creative – Hundreds of new ads and sales letters are being written every day. To be a good copywriter, you constantly have to be coming up with new original ideas to grab and keep your reader (and convince them to spend their money).

Adaptability – What works today might now work tomorrow. You have to keep studying the latest techniques and know what works and what doesn’t. This comes in part from experience and research, but at the same time, also comes from a basic sense of what appeals to people.

Willingness to learn – A good copywriter not only has to be smart, they also have to be able to learn new things. They not only have to know how to attract and bring in readers, but they also have to be able to keep up with the hot products they’re promoting and the industries those products are in. This involves a lot of continued reading and research.

When getting into copywriting, it is important to remember that it is a tough business with a lot of competition. Even if you have the right skill set, you may also need a bit of luck to get ahead.

To learn more about starting a copywriting business in the Yellowhead East, be sure to get in touch with Patrysha. She used to be a copywriter and ghostwriter before joining Community Futures Yellowhead East, so she has tons of tips and resources to help make a career out of writing.

Be a Good Time Manager – Take Time to Think

Whether you’re a WAHM (Work at Home Mom) or employed outside of the home, being a good manager of your time is paramount. You want to be able to plan out your day effectively to accomplish what needs to be done. This is necessary to ensure no important details fall through the proverbial cracks.

If you work outside of the home you’re probably armed with a day planner or agenda of some kind. You know when you need to be in meetings or when the best time is to make phone calls. You know when your co-workers need you the most, and when you can take your lunch break and run quick errands.

As a parent, you probably have everyone’s activities and appointments marked on a calendar in a public location. This permits planning around soccer practice and orthodontist appointments. Your routine is set chores and errands. You know when is best for planning outside activities. You know when the kids get home from school and when the baby needs her nap.

If your office is in your home, time management takes on a whole new meaning. Not only do the previous tasks apply, you now need to use some time management skills to find that perfect balance between work and household tasks, caring for children, maintaining a relationship with your partner – and at some point in the mix you need to take care of yourself.

By considering some effective time management skills, you can have them lead you through your day. You will have the knowledge you need to keep you from forgetting children at soccer practice and showing up for a dentist appointment two hours earlier than needed. Here are some tips:

* Set a schedule – By creating a schedule you have the most important item already taken care of. Knowing in a glance what you need to accomplish is the most important thing you can do to keep track of your family while remaining as productive as possible.

* Choose office hours, and spread the word – This is a great way to prevent family and friends from wanting your time when it’s not ideal for you. Let them know they are important to you, but outside of your office hours is best for you.

* Schedule your day with the kids in mind – When your children are young enough to be taking naps, this becomes your prime work period. Chores such as dishes or sweeping the floors can be done when little ones are awake. Get as much work done as possible during naptime. Learn to multitask by throwing a load of clothes in the dryer or getting supper started too.

* Schedule regular breaks and spend some time with the children – It is important not only for your children but for you as well. Go for a walk, or sit and play at the sandbox with little ones. Show them that although you work from home, they are still most important.

* Write a to-do list – Put the most urgent items at the top of the list and work down from there. The important business work will be done first, and cleaning your closet can be done another day.

Take time for yourself. You’re still only one person. Life happens whether your work is done or not. Run yourself a bath, grab a good book or just sit with your husband for a bit. After all he’s the one you are going to receive the most help and encouragement from, so these little gestures will let him know how much you appreciate it.

The Copywriter’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Copy that Sells

Copywriting is a good way to make money as a freelance writer. You are essentially a salesperson who’s writing about a product is designed to make each reader fulfill the call to action at the end whether it be clicking a button, buying a product or opting in with personal information. Even in print, the audience wants to feel engaged with the product. That personal connection is what persuades them to buy. If you want to break into this area of freelance writing, then “The Copywriter’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Copy that Sells” will provide you with the tools that you need to give it a go.

This book, now in its third edition, teaches you valuable nuggets of information to connect with readers the way they want to be treated. Learn how to create headlines that get people reading, keeping your copy readable for everyone, how to begin your sales letter and the characteristics that all print ads need to have. For those that write copy for emails and other online press releases, learn the skills need to make sure they are opened by your target every time. If you want a successful copywriting business, begin with this book.

 

Tips on What Makes a Successful Affiliate Program

Affiliate programs are a great way for small businesses to get started selling their products without a lot of capital. The problem is that a lot of people already know this. That means if you’re going to have an affiliate marketing program, you’ve got to do it right. Here are some tips to get you started on your way to a successful program.

Find your niche. Running an affiliate program doesn’t require much capital to start, but it can take up a lot of time finding and maintaining relationships with affiliates. That’s why it’s very useful to have a specific niche for your programs. That way you only have so many affiliates and can often resell to affiliates and customers. You can make a profit without spreading yourself too thin.

Find the right affiliates. Sure, a popular website is a great way to get started when looking for someone to advertise your products and services, but it also has to have the same target demographic as what you’re selling. If you’re marketing help with your home business, a website for stay-at-home moms is probably better than one targeted towards children. The more specific to your niche, the better. But try not to be too specific, or the audience of the websites will be too small.

Treat your affiliates well. After you’re done doing that, treat them better. There are thousands of affiliate programs out there for your partners to choose from. If they don’t work with you, they’re very likely to find someone else to work with. That means you not only need to pay your affiliates well, you also need to treat them well, be prompt, and keep up a great professional relationship.

Find the right incentive. Among the other decisions you need to make, you’ll want to find the right incentive program for your affiliates. While pay per click is going to make the job easy for your affiliates, pay per sale or client is going to inspire them to do a bit more on their page than just click. If you provide a large percentage per sale, affiliates will often write entire sales letters for your product or promote it in other ways. You may also consider special benefits for affiliates like free or reduced price products.

Find the right kind of link. There are all kinds of links you can use to get someone sent to your website: embedded text, banners, search boxes, and other less common methods. You can also have them link to specific products, your main webpage, or a store front. If you want to actually sell products or find clients, you need to research all the choices and make the right decision for what you’re trying to do.

Be creative. Affiliate marketing is about getting people’s attention, just like commercials on TV. Whatever method you choose, you have to be creative, whether it’s through your banners, your website, or your affiliate incentive program. You have to get people’s attention and give them a reason to use you over the other guys.