So now youâ€™ve joined up you need to know how to get the most out of Ecademy.
(If you still havenâ€™t joined you can do it here: http://www.ecademy.com/?xref=103223)
Firstly you need to spend a bit of time completing your profile. Itâ€™s a clichÃ©, but a true one, that people do business with people, not faceless businesses. Upload a photograph, write your â€™50 Wordsâ€™ and put a bit of your personality into it. Iâ€™ve previously got business through the fact that â€˜yogaâ€™ and â€˜horsesâ€™ were contained in my 50 words, not because they have any relevance to my business, but because the persons reading the profile identified that we have something in common and that moved them to contact me over a competitor. Do bear in mind that in this profile you are trying to present a professional image so avoid anything that may be misconstrued by your clients, for example, how many times have you read a CV and found under hobbies â€˜socialising with friendsâ€™? An employer might interpret this as â€˜gets drunk and turns up to work with a hangoverâ€™ and so might a potential client. Also consider that these profiles can end up being listed in Google, great if you remember to include a link to your web site as Google loves inbound links to web sites (more info), but worth remembering that anyone who â€˜Googlesâ€™ you may see this profile.
Once youâ€™ve completed your profile you need to join some clubs. Firstly, of course, you need to join the Virtual Assistant Club, not run by the UKAVA or me but by fellow VA Kerry Anne Orr who does a sterling job of welcoming newcomers and keeping us all in order. The VA Club is a great place to start networking with other VAâ€™s, are you looking for associates for holiday or sickness cover for example, and to find out whatâ€™s going on in the industry. Join up, click on the Forum button and introduce yourself â€“ youâ€™ll find a warm welcome: http://www.ecademy.com/module.php?mod=club&c=4450
Next I would suggest you find a local Ecademy club. Local clubs usually meet up monthly for face-to-face networking and you can also access the list of club members, great for introducing yourself and making contact either prior to or post face to face networking events. Under the search tab (under My Settings and Help on the right of the page) select Clubs and search for your town or city. Then keep your eye on the club to see when the next networking meeting is taking place and get along to it.
Finally I suggest you join some clubs that relate to your niche. Now this is a bit of a trade secret and Iâ€™m not sure if I should be sharing it but now itâ€™s too late now! Again under the search box, search for clubs and enter a word relevant to your target customer, see what groups appear and join some. Before making any posts in these groups, read the Home page of the club to make sure of the etiquette. Some are business clubs and are therefore happy for you to tout for business, others are more for information sharing and they will frown upon you openly asking for referrals or advertising your services in an upfront way. When you know what you can and cant post, get in there and start networking with your niche.
To find out more and claim your free basic membership, visit: http://www.ecademy.com/?xref=103223