Monday, November 9, 2009

Online Printing for Small Business

Many of you know that I would like to do some freelance photography to gain some extra income. Also, many of you know that I work three jobs, but I'm not sure that I've ever really discussed my being a Virtual Assistant. I probably haven't discussed it much, because I only have one client right now. I am the Virtual Assistant for the attorney whom I worked for when I lived in Ohio. The situation works out wonderfully for both of us. In fact, it works so well, that I wish I could find more clients like him. If I had enough Virtual Assistance clients, I would be able to work from home and save a heck of a lot of money on fuel and save a lot of wear and tear on my vehicle.

In order to get more clients though, I would need to promote myself... a LOT... and then some more. I would need to have some brochure printing done to help explain to the prospective client what Virtual Assistance is and how it could benefit the client. Of course, my current VA client would absolutely sing my praises to any prospective client, but I would need to sing my own praises too. That's where I tend to have trouble. I'm very good at what I do, and once given the chance to do some work for someone, the work speaks for itself. However, it's that initial 'selling myself' that I have trouble with.

In addition to my promoting myself, I would also need to do mass mailings, post fliers, and of course, have some great business cards. I would definitely choose an online printing company for my small business printing needs. Anyone working on building a small business also works at keeping start-up costs down, and online printing through a company such as PsPrint is a less expensive solution than pricey print shops.

Now, if I just had the marketing skills (and self confidence) to get out there and promote myself and my work! Maybe once I have my website development certificate and can add website design to my list of services... maybe then I'll be ready to promote myself more. We'll see.

2 comments:

TimeforLifeVA

Good luck finding your confidence and promoting yourself! It can definitely be a hard chore, but you are right, it is absolutely necessary to run a full time VA business.

Best wishes to you!

Rikki

Aiping Wang

In the business sector, small businesses are the most affected by the recession. So if you are used to running your business without the need to use any promotional materials, it's time you start practicing. You need to have strategic marketing effort to promote your products or services.

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