How many clients can you handle?

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Hello guys.

So im on the verge of looking for new clients. Then I got to thinking how many clients can I handle before needing to get a VA.

Now Im wondering how many cleints you guys are able to handle. Do you need a VA or are you able to get the work done yourself, plus outsourcing cause cmon thats a no brainer. Anyways would love to know what your perfect number is, whats to low and to high for your amount of clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author vndnbrgj
    It all depends on what service(s) you are offering.
    If you are just offering SMS then you could handle over 100 by yourself.
    If your are doing SEO, I wouldn't do any more than 20 solo.
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  • Profile picture of the author rbecklund
    We have about 20 active clients for seo and/or webdesign and we are pretty close to our limit between two people (I think we are getting a new one as I type this...). Getting clients is almost a full time job. Our webdesigns are all custom - no templates or generic themes - so they are time consuming.

    But I wouldn't worry too much about what to do when you need help, you'll figure it out along the way. The big issue is getting the first few clients.
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    • Profile picture of the author stone2010
      Originally Posted by rbecklund View Post

      We have about 20 active clients for seo and/or webdesign and we are pretty close to our limit between two people (I think we are getting a new one as I type this...). Getting clients is almost a full time job. Our webdesigns are all custom - no templates or generic themes - so they are time consuming.

      But I wouldn't worry too much about what to do when you need help, you'll figure it out along the way. The big issue is getting the first few clients.
      I like this response... Get the clients and worry about it later, there is plenty of ways you can deal with it which would be a good problem to have... Getting clients is the toughest part in this business
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    The best way is to break your work into modules so one module is client acquisition, accounts, graphics etc.

    So when we got up to about 50 clients we found collecting money and paying bills that could not be automated was not productive so we got a book keeper once a fortnight to handle it all.

    Our job is to produce products and service our customers so as our business kept growing we get people to do the repetitive tasks.

    I don't like giving one person all the work as I think it can become a security risk.

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  • Profile picture of the author TGforever
    Yea, Im doing seo mainly the rent a site module. 20 sounds like an easy number to handle by my self. But who knows lol, I was going into this with a partner and we were gonna tackle a big project with about 60 clients. I had done my part and got most of the grunt work done but everything failed on his end. Why I think having a VA over a unpaid partner would be so much nicer cause you can fire them. :p
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  • Profile picture of the author checklinks
    I can handle some projects because i am always busy with other works.
    But I will complete those projects which i can handle.
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  • Profile picture of the author dropbear
    If you are serious about your business, as soon as you get your first client get a VA. They can be 40 hours per week or part time..It is a worthwhile investment..Your time is the most valuable and should be spent building the business/getting more clients. Not doing basic $2/hour work.
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    • Profile picture of the author ADG
      I think it first starts with the lifestyle you wish to have.

      How much is your time worth?

      Then I would make sure I have a system in place to accommodate the lifestyle.

      Too many clients simply leads to a job in itself and possibly no free time.

      Too few and you may never reach your lifestyle goal.

      It's not always the number of client's that is important but how much they spend and how often.

      The pricing of your services, number of clients and how often the pay for your services is combination to work off of.

      As far as partnering goes, make sure you have a partnership agreement, a written structure of responsibilities not mention the all important financial aspects. You don't want to be the workhorse and have to split profits.

      Look at the current situation, evaluate and respond accordingly.
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