Beyond social media (offline event)

April 7, 2019 No Comments

What would you do if Instagram or any other social media platform goes down again?

What if they completely shut down? Would that mean that you are no longer in business?

Your business does not have to be on hold. Come, let me show you how to keep it running no matter the downtime.

You will be shown how to register your business with Google and other business websites that target Nigerians.

I will also touch email marketing (there will be another event for this topic where I will show you from scratch how to start your own email marketing).

Event details

This event will hold at Yaba, Lagos on Saturday, 11th May, 2019 from 2pm to 5pm. Please be punctual.

Agenda

  • Theme discussion: BEYOND SOCIAL MEDIA
  • Refreshment
  • Q & A on business visibility
  • Business listing (class activity)
  • Networking

Why you should attend

  • Increase your business visibility online beyond social media platforms.
  • Meet new people in business and get first hand advice from experience.
  • Get collaboration opportunities and open numerous possibilities for your business.

FEE

N2000 only

Please note that only 50 seats are available.

Virtual assistant course – Module 3

March 9, 2019 No Comments

Personal branding is important for you as an intending virtual assistant. One of the reasons for this is because in your new job, you might have to do personal errands for some clients. The way you present yourself is important in attracting the right clients. Do not go too hard on yourself to create a brand. All you need is to be yourself and be consistent.

When you create a personal brand that is based on who you are, you would attract clients who will stick with you.

What is personal branding?

Personal branding is the picture you create in people’s mind when they hear about your name or business. It is how you stand out among competitors and how easily you are remembered by any of your branding elements.

I have prepared this module in audio format. Listen to the audio below.

Listen to “Toyin Adekola’s show” on Spreaker.

Learn more about the virtual assistant course and enroll HERE.

Download the worksheet for this module HERE.

 

Virtual Assistant Course – Module 2

May 30, 2018 No Comments

We are gradually making progress with this course. Thanks to all participants, I feel encouraged.

The second module of this course is niche discovery and we’ve treated it partially in the break down of Module 1. If you missed it, go here to register for this course, take the first module, and I will also send you the worksheet and  suggested answers to each question in the Module.

What we will be doing in this Module is just to shed light on niche discovery and why it’s essential for anyone looking to become a virtual assistant.

What is a niche?

Dictionary.com defines niche as a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment.

The above definition is perfect for describing niche in a virtual assistance business.

First of all, you need to be comfortable with using typical work tools such as a computer system and productivity tools.

There are several apps and tools for several skill set and industries. You need to really look at all the options available and match them to your skill set.

E.g. If you know how to design websites using templates from content management systems such as WordPress, that’s a skill. The next thing you should do is match your skill to design apps such as Canva and image editing tools such as Lunapic, etc.

With the above, you will be able to position yourself as a virtual assistant who designs websites using WordPress. This is your niche and it’s quite different from being a programmer who codes websites from scratch.

As you can see, both of you are into building websites but with different skill set.

Of course, you don’t have to remain in your comfort zone. You should expand your skill set by all means and learn new things everyday.

In the world of virtual assisting, the more skills you have coupled with the more experience you gain, the more rewarding it becomes.

Exercise

  • In your notebook, list your skills and match them to work tools using the example I gave above to find your niche
  • Refer to the worksheet in Module 1 and match your niche to industry(ies) you would like to serve.
  • Write down a rough pitch. E.g. I help event planners create beautiful websites that convert.
  • Go ahead and match more of your skill set with work tools.
  • Hit the reply button to send me your skill set and rough pitch so we can modify them together.

See you next week with Module 3.

Are you new here?

This is Module 2 of my free blog post Virtual Assistant Course where I am showing participants how to become a virtual assistant and earn from anywhere. Learn more and signup here if you also think this course is for you.

Virtual Assistant Course – Module 1

May 14, 2018 12 Comments

This is the first module of the Virtual Assistant Course

ARE YOU READY TO BE A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT?

There are numerous ways you can earn from home and one of the easiest ways is to become a virtual assistant. This job is easy to setup and there is no limit to how much you can make. This is the Virtual Assistant Course – Module 1, I will publish other modules every week. Learn more on the EARN FROM HOME page.

At this stage we will identify your readiness to start a VA business.

What you need

  1. A dedicated note book

Answer the following questions in your notebook

  1. What exactly is your industry? E.g. dressmaking? Legal? Digital marketing? Makeup? Events? Catering? Baking? Etc
  2. Why do you want to become a VA?
  3. What skills do you have?
  4. Do you mind working with your competitors to help them sell better and manage their businesses more efficiently?
  5. Can you comfortably make use of a laptop/desktop computer?
  6. How many hours a day can you commit to VA work?
  7. For how long (days, weeks, months) are you ready to be consistent in marketing your business with or without clients?
  8. Do you have a safety net ( e.g. other means of income, supportive friends or family, etc ) that you can fall back on if you don’t get client on time or if your business fails?
  9. What/who is a virtual assistant?
  10. What does he/she do?

Answer the above questions before the next Module as I will be treating each point in my newsletter of 19th May, 2018.

Do subscribe to my mailing list to receive these breakdown and also gain access to ask questions or suggest improvements for this course.

Would you like to become a virtual assistant? Let me know in the comments.

This post was first published on March 16, 2018 and republished on May 14, 2018.

The next module (Module 2) comes up on May 21, 2018.

Go here to join the Virtual Assistant Course mailing list. Do not miss this step as this is where I will be sending breakdown and other materials for each module.

How to land your dream job with internship

April 27, 2018 6 Comments

One of the easiest way to land your dream job is by interning. The following is a practical approach to land your first internship position. I used this approach to land 2 posts in the past and I would like to share them with you as my contribution to your career development.

Before I proceed, this is why you should start your career by interning with organizations within your industry.

Advantages of graduate internship

  1. An internship position is easier to secure than a full time job
  2. It places you at a higher competitive advantage in the job market
  3. An internship experience will prepare you for the job proper
  4. It will help you grow a quality network of professionals in your industry
  5. Opportunity to earn while you learn (some organizations pay their interns well)
  6. Even if you want to own a business, it is a shortcut to getting practical experience before starting.

The approach I used to land two internship opportunities

  1. I decided on the industries where I would like to work. One of my highest choices was the Legal industry.
  2. I conducted a Google search for top law firms in Nigeria
  3. I narrowed my search to the ones in Lagos and two other states in South West
  4. I visited the websites of my choice law firms and checked the ‘Practice’, ‘About’ and ‘Our People’ pages to get familiar with the values of the firms and also get to know the decision makers.
  5. I then sent the message below to the second most senior person on ‘Our People’ page
  6. I also attached my CV to the mail. If you don’t have any job experience, add your youth service or any position you held during school and list your duties.
  7. I repeated the steps above for 10 law firms and followed up with one phone call, one email after 2 weeks.
  8. The firm that was interested in my application got in touch with me.

The message I sent

Expression of interest to intern in your organisation as a (position)

My name is (my name). I am a graduate of (course) from (institution). I am interested in (my course in adjective form – e.g. Business Administration) and I admire your organization’s value on administration which is why I would like to intern with you.

In recent years, I have gathered both practical and theoretical know-how of business administration to some extent, as such, I am assuring you that I will be a valuable addition to your team throughout my stay.

Some of my skills are (list up to 4 skills). I am  a (list attributes – e.g, fast learner, good listener, etc).

I anticipate your favorable response.

Thank you.

My name.


The above is just a guide of what worked for me.

Did you previously worked as an intern?

How did you land the position?

What was the experience like?

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