3 Ways to Get Clients (+ Make Money) as a Virtual Assistant

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I started my Virtual Assisting business in March of 2017 and within 4 weeks I had filled my roster and replaced my 9-5 income 🎉. Online businesses are popping up each day, and the need for Virtual Assistants will only grow as more of our world population comes online. 

So, you're probably thinking "yeah that's cool Sara, but how do I replicate your success and make money with MY Virtual Assistant business?". 

I've gotcha girl! 

Here are 3 ways to get clients (+ make money) as a Virtual Assistant: 


1. Hang out in Facebook groups. 

This is my #1 tip and it's so successful you should be RUNNING to Facebook right now. Go find some entrepreneurial Facebook groups (here are a few suggestions: 1,2,3). Hang out in there to understand who is there and what their business needs are. When someone asks for a recommendation for a VA, respond! When someone asks for tech help (something that often happens in these groups) help them! When one of these group members runs a free challenge, ENTER IT! That's actually how I got my first 2 clients, just by entering a challenge and giving tons of free value. 

2. Use your network.

I know VAs whose clients come entirely from a business I know NOTHING about. Examples of this include realtors, lawyers, MLMs and writers. While most of my business comes from online entrepreneurs that is DEFINITELY not the only space where business owners are hirings VAs. Use your professional + personal network (via email, Facebook, Linkedin) to let people know you're open for business and that you'd love to help them.  

3. Take a client on trade. 

My 3rd client was one I took on trade and it was so beneficial. She had a product and service based business and we traded services for a few months in addition to a stellar testimonial and referrals.  Taking on this client helped me get more experience with a platform that I didn't know much about (Instagram), add another testimonial to my website and book more clients from her referrals. Win-win!


Sara Wiles runs a Virtual Assisting, Online Business Management + Event Planning company for female online entrepreneurs. She spent 8 years traveling the US producing high-end corporate (and a few celebrity) events before becoming an entrepreneur. After just 4 weeks of starting her business, she filled her roster, replaced her 9-5 income and brought on a team. Sara is also a mother, champagne enthusiast and four-letter word addict. 

She loves helping women start or scale their Virtual Assistant or Online Business Management businesses. She's works with driven, high-achieving women just like you to show them the ropes, save them time and money and support them in achieving their financial goals. Click here to book a mentoring session with Sara! 

Getting Real: When Life and Biz are Both Shitty and Ah-mazing

In this episode, we talk about how leading with AMAZING is needed to balance the shitty things going on in our lives and business...and how to manage it all. Because here's the thing: balancing life and business is damn hard. So grab a glass (or two!) of champagne and join us as we embrace this crazy entrepreneurial journey all while giving yourself permission to feel it all.

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Ready for #lessbullshitmorebubbly? Join us LIVE at The Happy Thoughts Show

Have you ever wished that you could just sip some champagne and shoot the shit with some other entrepreneurs that really GOT this crazy rollercoaster? Like ALL the life AND business stuff that it brings up?

Us too. All the time.

That's why my best friend Lacey Craig and I have created our new FB Live show, called Happy Thoughts.

Because here's the thing… we are PRETTY obsessed with being entrepreneurs, doing it our own way, creating success and being pretty darn happy. 

BUT, we also know that ALL thoughts on this journey aren't happy. Heck, all thoughts each day (hour?) aren't happy. 

And we're kind of over everyone pretending otherwise. Or putting pressure on themselves to feel good 24/7. Cause it just doesn't serve any of us ya know?

So we're bringing our champagne drinking selves to your FB screen every Tuesday at 8pm EST. 

We want to have real conversations, real connections, and REAL dialogue (and maybe a little advice and inspiration) around this crazy journey called entrepreneurship… and all the ups and downs that come with it.

Also, we're a pretty good time. 

Join us here, then make sure to watch this video to let us prove it to you and get a sneak peek at what's to come!

Here's what we chat about in the video: 

  • (1:52) what Lacey is really guilty of in her business (and what we're doing differently)
  • (4:20) intentionally cultivating an experience around creating your next big thing
  • (6:40) a not-so-secret secret to success in your business
  • (10:10) the question to ask yourself when starting your next project
  • (13:10) the importance of taking time to celebrate and honor all that you've done (rather than racing on to the next big thing)


Then mark your calendar - we're going live for our first Happy Thoughts episode on 8/8 at 8pm EST. 

And truth be told? Lacey's got something she really needs to be open with ya'll about. 

So we're diving right in and opening with that in our first episode (I mean, why not dive into the deep end of the pool?!).

We would love your love, support, and positive energy to be part of it (cause vulnerability is a bitch… am I right?) join us here

What "Overnight" Success Really Looks Like with Lacey Craig

A few weeks ago, my best friend (and badass Business Mentor and Success Coach) Lacey Craig and I chatted on camera and I'm so pumped to share the convo with you today. We both experienced success really quickly in our businesses, but in this video, we're sharing the truth behind our "overnight" success.  We open up about what we did, if it was worth it, and if we'd choose to do it the same way again. The video is below.

Here's what you'll learn in this video: 

  • (2:45) - Our stories behind "overnight" success
  • (3:45) - The work, effort, and commitment required for quick success
  • (5:50) - Trading services or working for free?
  • (8:15) - Would we do it again the same way?
  • (10:05) - Quick growth or growth with ease? Stop comparing your growth or making yourself wrong.
  • (12:00) - Giving yourself grace after deciding what you want and the importance of being attached to showing up and doing the work, while not being attached to specific results.

Have you experienced a similar "overnight success" in your business? I'd love to chat about it! Shoot me an email here

Catch Me in The Fearless VA Mastermind with Eveline Traxler

Last week, my amazing client and friend Eveline Traxler launched a new program called The Fearless VA. It's a one-of-a-kind mastermind experience for up-and-coming Virtual Assistants and it's going to be AHHHHHMAZING!

Combining the best of 1:1 coaching, mastermind experiences, and VA training programs, Eveline has created a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has ALL the pieces new VAs need, in one place.

You'll cover everything from business planning to legal basics, building your portfolio to signing clients, and everything in-between. You’ll get unlimited access to Eveline via a private Facebook community, and access to NINE (!!) incredible guest experts (including moi!). 


And the best part? It’s at a price that your brand new business’s pocketbook will love.

I'll be participating as the expert in all things VA 101. I built an insanely profitable VA business in less than 2 months, filled up my services and was so busy I had to hire help. I'm so pumped to bring my expertise and knowledge to other budding VAs and watch them build their own businesses. 

To learn more, watch this video.

And then, head right on over to www.evelinetraxler.com/the-fearless-va

Questions? Feel free to shoot me an email! Hope to see you in the Mastermind! 

FREE VA Help...you read that right!

Next week I'll be participating in Brittney Rossie's Summer Giveaway in her group Business BasecampThe giveaway officially starts on May 22 and runs through May 31st and there are tons of amazing products and services for business owners. 

On Tuesday, May 23rd, yours truly will be going LIVE in her group giving away a 2 HOUR VA PACKAGE to one lucky winner. 

I've you've been needing VA help, here's your chance! Be sure to join her group and the giveaway here.

The Newest FREE Platform That's Saving Me SO MUCH TIME in my Biz

I'm all about helping a fellow entrepresister out, so today I am sharing this ahhhhhhmazing new video filming/screen sharing platform that has saved me crazy amounts of time in my business. 

Girlfriend, meet LOOM! Loom (tagline: Quick Videos, Faster than Typing) is a completely FREE platform that allows you to record exactly what you're doing on your screen WITH audio AND video of you. Yes...REALLY! It's saved me stupid amounts of time explaining things like processes and flows to my clients, contractors and peers and it's something you should absolutely check out ASAP. The platform is super easy to use and I was able to start filming and sharing videos within 10 minutes of being introduced to it. So much winning, right?!


To help you see how it works, I filmed a quick Loom for you below. 


Again, the platform is 100% FREE! You start off with a limited number of options, and with each referral you bring onto the platform, you get additional options. 

Sign up for your own account using this link and please let me know how you're liking it and what you're using it to do! 

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WTF to Outsource

Most of my clients come to me knowing they desperately need help in their business, but have no idea what exactly to outsource to a support team. So, during our first strategy call we dive deep into their unique business and figure out the tasks that they love, and the ones that they absolutely loathe. It takes some time, but by the end of our call we have an entire list of tasks that they are so ready to get off of their plate and onto mine. 

Because I know so many business owners get stuck in this place, where you just don't even know WTF to outsource, I've made a super simple 3 step workbook that you can use to figure out EXACTLY what you need to outsource to your support team so you can stop doing the work you hate and start working in your zone of genius.

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Once you've finished your workbook, shoot me an email at sara@sarawiles.co to talk through what you found out you need help with in your business!

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