Is this business model profitable?

by imfreelance 9 replies
Hello everyone,

I have become a member here at the warrior forum to start a VA business. I have been a va for several years always working with local clients.

I would like to offer my services on the internet for a flat rate package of $97 week for 10 hours.

I was wondering if anyone thinks this is a good idea and how I should begin?

Is there a market for such a service?

Building a website is kind of a big project and I was wondering if anyone has any advice on how I could get this business going?

I already have the domain name IMFreelance.com

Thanks so much,
DT
#main internet marketing discussion forum #business #start
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  • Profile picture of the author Monetize
    I certainly don't want to discourage you but you probably
    know that you will be competing against overseas VAs that
    charge $1.00 per day to produce high quality results. Web
    development is a critical skill to have these days, it would
    be difficult to market yourself without a site or without the
    skill set to develop even a simple site, so I'd recommend
    you brush up on those abilities.

    I personally would not pay an hourly rate, I would pay by
    the job, as some ppl tend to drag their feet in completing
    assignments.

    The best way to get started is to post your services to
    the barter networks. That's what I would do.
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    • Profile picture of the author aceriker
      I certainly don't want to discourage you but you probably
      know that you will be competing against overseas VAs that
      charge $1.00 per day to produce high quality results
      Where on Earth can you hire a VA for $1 a day?! I'd say $5 - $10 an hour is pretty reasonable.
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      • Profile picture of the author Monetize
        Originally Posted by aceriker View Post

        Where on Earth can you hire a VA for $1 a day?! I'd say $5 - $10 an hour is pretty reasonable.
        I saw this story on CNN - VAs for $30.00 per month

        Too busy for errands? Outsource!
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      • Profile picture of the author rocker123
        in our country Philippines you can try to find some i guess.
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    • Profile picture of the author Deepak Raj
      Originally Posted by Monetize View Post

      I certainly don't want to discourage you but you probably
      know that you will be competing against overseas VAs that
      charge $1.00 per day to produce high quality results. Web
      development is a critical skill to have these days, it would
      be difficult to market yourself without a site or without the
      skill set to develop even a simple site, so I'd recommend
      you brush up on those abilities.

      I personally would not pay an hourly rate, I would pay by
      the job, as some ppl tend to drag their feet in completing
      assignments.

      The best way to get started is to post your services to
      the barter networks. That's what I would do.
      I really need $1/day VAs, can you point me in the right direction? If you have the real deal, PM me!
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  • Profile picture of the author nosmarketing
    Personally I think its all depend on your past feedbacks.

    I'm a internet marketer and I would not hire a VA unless I know they have a track record of good service for past clients.

    I think one of the hot market right now for VA is telephone assistants. Especially if you are US base which a lot of people are looking for fluent english speakers.

    Just know that your target market would be people who are already making good amount of money online who NEEDS a VA. If you want to build a stable client base that is.

    Hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author aceriker
    I think it would be difficult to find a decent person to be your VA for $1 a day. I live in India (I moved here from the UK) and the freshers earn about $130 a month. The average wage in our company is about $400 a month. You need a VA to be very good at English, be able to understand your requirements and have enough common sense and initiative to carry out the tasks accurately. To find someone like that in India you would need to pay at least $10 an hour.

    Just giving some perspective on actual prices in India Vs what the Media and Tim Ferris are telling everyone

    Peter
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave777
    If you're interested in growing your VA business online the right way. Here's a great VA network to get involved with to learn and study the best marketing methods & ideas to achieve those results...
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  • Profile picture of the author Amy Bass
    I always wondered how I could find a VA. The trick is finding one that is both competent and trustworthy.
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