Offer complete information. Never assume that service providers know exactly what you’re looking for. Offer them with detailed instructions when writing your project description. This must include the number of articles you need, the required amount of research, the keywords to target, your proposed topics, the length of each article, the SEO writing techniques that should be used, the deadline, and the amount of money you’re willing spend. Encourage service providers to voice out their questions and clarifications if they have any.
Tell your service providers what you want. Never assume that these people know exactly what you’re looking for. Create a very detailed Project contribution and ideas and send it via email. This must contain the number of articles you need, the amount of research needed, the kind of resources to be used, your preferred format and writing style, etc. Have your service provider read the project description and encourage him to ask all of his questions. Don’t let him get started unless he fully understands your requirements.
Be honest in the details you provide, especially when mentioning the timeframe. If you are saying that you will finish a job within 4 days, make sure you have 4 days free. Repeat this commitment in your bid description.
But for those of you who feel that you have “graduated from IKEA,” which is known for its innovative albeit disposable style, how would you like to be able to economically create modern style in your home that was less “cheesy” than your average DIY project?
The list of what VA’s can do it limitless. I had one client who is starting an ecommerce website have his VA research where he could find a drop shipper for the products he was looking to sell. I personally have used a VA to design documents, proof read documents, design logos, research products that I am in the market for. Currently, I am having a VA research the best lawn mower for my needs and provide a recommendation, as well as finding me the best deal.
Your profile is (usually) the closest you’ll get to a face to face meeting with your client, so you want to make sure it’s up to date with your latest samples. You can also add your logo to your profile which makes you look more professional to a potential client. Also, consider making a promotional Youtube video (or outsourcing it if you aren’t so inclined) that a client can access from your profile. This can be a short video of you describing your skills, a ‘demo reel,’ a funny viral video, or testimonials from your clients. The key is to give the client an instant insight into the quality of your product. Most clients will check you profile before even reading your proposal, so this is the first and best way to make an impression.
Know and establish your goals. Before you go ahead and find service providers, spend a couple of minutes knowing exactly what you would like to achieve and write them in a piece of paper. You’ll most likely to get to where you want to be if you know exactly what you’re looking for.
Do not only look for funding. Sometimes, it may be a grant for a school a program. Home Depot provides grants only in the form of tools, materials or services. Some grantors will state, “I will grant laptops.” If this is what you need, apply for it.