Here are the FAQs as well as the Terms and Conditions for my Your Daily Vitamin job alerts. In purchasing anything on this site, including a trial, you agree to these terms and conditions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
What exactly are the Your Daily Vitamin Job Alerts?
YDV is a membership website where I post virtual assistant and other types of online jobs that can be done remotely. Some of them are exclusive listings from folks who have contacted me specifically saying that they need help finding a VA and the rest are compiled from the various forums and groups I’ve hunted for over the past 4 years. It’s taken me quite a while to develop this system for finding jobs but I have enough work for myself and my subcontractors so I’m passing these listings on to you so they don’t go to waste! Take advantage of them!
Is it just VA jobs? How much do they pay?
Nope! It’s VA jobs but also those that would appeal to copywriters, strategists, web developers, social media managers and other types of online service business owners and freelancers. Some folks call it a VA request, others are asking for a remote administrator. It’s really just a difference in the name since the work you’ll do for each are very similar. Some jobs are project-based but most are for ongoing work paid on an hourly basis or on a monthly retainer. They can vary from $10 per hour at the lowest up to hundreds per hour or thousands per month. But the average is probably in the $25 to $45 range. Some don’t have a set payout in mind and are willing to negotiate with the applicants based on experience. The jobs cover a wide range of experience levels from beginner to an advanced consultant and a wide range of industries so there is likely to be something for everyone.
How many jobs will you send?
When I started the program it was called YDV because I thought I could send at least one job per business day. Once everyone found out I was doing this though, they started sending me more jobs! The average is more like 6 per day. And I didn’t even raise the price. Hey, more vitamins = more nutrition for your business. You’re welcome.
How are the jobs sent?
The jobs get published on the membership site as soon as I find them. You can access that at any time during the day at virtualassistantclinic.com/category/yourdailyvitamin. Only people who have paid for this service and are logged in can see them. Once each business day I’ll also email you a list of the new jobs posted that day, both to remind you to check out the listings if you haven’t and to give you a convenient list you can look through to see if there are any relevant opportunities you’d like to apply for.
How does this compare with other similar services?
I haven’t joined any of them so I can’t say for sure but from what I’m told, I’m posting WAAAAY more jobs than they are. With IVAA’s job alerts, it can be a week or even two weeks in between postings. And they likely have thousands of people competing for the same spot. Since I started this April 1 and only advertised it within my group, your chances are much better. Less than a month and a half in, we’ve already listed 250 jobs! The best part of my listings though is that I don’t just post the jobs I’ve personally networked to get (exclusive listings), I also post any other publicly available job postings from all around the web. How convenient is that? You just have to login and respond. I’ve done most of the work for you.
What’s a good timeframe for responding? I just joined and I see jobs from a week or longer ago that I would be a good fit for.
Most people tend to hire someone or at least narrow down their list from the folks that reply within the first 24 to 48 hours after a job posting. So the very first day you see a posting you like would be the optimal time to reply. However, there is no harm in messaging the older listings just to see. I wouldn’t spend a lot of time on anything older than a few days though – perhaps just message them and ask if they are still looking. If you hear back that they are, then spend more time on a formal response or proposal.
When can I expect to get new clients from this? Should I reply to everyone??
When you’ll get new clients depends on a few things: how well crafted your responses are, how well your skill level matches what that particular person is looking for, when you respond, and there’s a little bit of luck involved too. I had one person tell me she had three new clients within days of subscribing. Several others have gotten two new clients the first month and many more have at least one new client. While not everyone should expect 3 clients their first week, if you diligently reply and follow all my tips, you should certainly expect that you may win several new clients over the course of a year. Don’t reply to every single posting though. Reply only to those where you either have the skills the poster is looking for, or you’re willing and able to learn them quickly in exchange for a lower rate. Apply strategically and systematically rather than constantly and generically and you will see the best results.
A lot of people give a Facebook Link to respond to. But they don’t always reply within a few days. How else can I contact them?
Each potential client gives the contact info they feel most comfortable with. Some prefer email, some use an online form, and some give their Facebook link. For those using a Facebook link, there are a few tricks you can use to make sure they see your message and it doesn’t get lost in the dreaded “message requests” folder. Please keep in mind though, that timing is everything. If a person hasn’t responded, it could be because they are still collecting applications and plan to respond to qualified applicants later, or it could be because they’ve already decided who they’re going to hire. To increase your chances though, follow one (or more) of these tips:
- Send them a friend request! You can create separate lists for clients/potential clients so they don’t see what you share with friends and family. But yet they still feel like part of your inner circle and can see public updates and messages from you.
- Many clients have their business page linked from their personal page. Business pages ALWAYS send a notification (and even reminders if you don’t respond) so send a message to their personal page AND their business page to make sure they see it.
- In the same vein, many clients have their website linked from their personal or business page and most websites have a contact form which sends an email directly to the business owner. You can try contacting someone through their contact form – just make sure to use this option sparingly if they’ve requested to be contacted on Facebook.
- Be patient! Some clients hire right away, some take days or weeks to collect applicants. Following up is important but make sure not to follow up so often that you become a bother because that certainly won’t get you the job.
But I’m a newbie VA. Most of these postings are asking for skills that I don’t have yet.
No worries. Sometimes we get folks specifically asking for a newbie because they’re willing to train and hoping for a lower rate. But even if the posting doesn’t specify that and you think it’s something you could learn, reach out to the person and tell them that! You might be surprised. You likely have a ton of skills from whatever jobs you’ve done before that you can draw from but if not, the listings will give you a great idea of what you should be learning.
Do you give me my money back if I don’t get a new client within X months?
No. The reason I don’t offer refunds on this service is simple: I bring the job postings to you – it’s up to you what you do with them. You wouldn’t ask the newspaper for a refund if you didn’t get any of the jobs posted in the classifieds, would you? What you’re paying for is my time to network and post the listings and run the service. I can’t control who people hire and why. If you’re having trouble though, feel free to contact me and I can give you a few pointers on strategy. I like to keep my customers happy. If you feel the listings aren’t working for you, let’s talk. 🙂
Do you give me my money back if I received a promotional free trial and forgot to cancel?
Again, no. From time to time I may run a free trial giving you a week, two weeks, or even a full month of the listings for free. This allows people who have never tried this service access to see how they like it before having to pay. This service is so helpful to VAs, I know that once you try it, you will want to continue. If not – okay. Just cancel within 30 days by following the instructions below. If you love the listings, do nothing and you will be charged a low fee of $25.95 every 30 days with the ability to cancel at any time. Please do not ask me for a refund because you forgot to cancel your subscription. I have hundreds of subscribers so if I did this for everyone I would have to raise my rates. Forgetting, not using the listings, or not seeing the results you want is NOT a valid reason for a refund and will not be honored. If you have extenuating circumstances like a death in the family, please let me know and we will work it out.
What’s the best way to respond to the job postings? What types of responses win the most clients?
The best way to respond depends on what type of job posting it is and the client who is looking but as a general rule your response should cover four things: that you can help them with their request, why you’re the best person to help them, how you will help them (examples welcome here) and how to contact you. You should also make sure to carefully follow any instructions given for responding or your response may be discarded before it is read. If you’re just writing to tell people that you can help them and providing contact info, you likely won’t have a lot of success because others will be sending more detailed responses and even formal proposals. One of the members to the listings actually wrote a helpful blog article recommending the service and detailing how she’s been successful with her responses which you can read here: How to Prepare for Client Leads. Note that you don’t necessarily need to use a resume (most business owners don’t use them) so referring clients to a detailed skills sheet, LinkedIn Profile, website etc. may work in place of that. The point isn’t necessarily to follow Vena’s process exactly, but that she is successful because she prepares a detailed, timely, specific response to what the client is looking for, and provides both social proof of her skills and examples of the types of results that can be expected. It isn’t enough to just tell the client that you can help and link your website. You have to show them in your response that you are willing to go above and beyond. If you don’t put a lot of effort into your response, the potential client is likely wondering if that is the same level of effort they might expect when working with you as a VA. Wow them!
Should I follow up after responding?
Yes, Yes, YES! Many people submit responses to these jobs and then wait for the client to follow up. That would be a big mistake. Send them a response and then within the next 2 or 3 days follow up with a brief note or email reiterating your interest in the position and letting them know that you’d be happy to offer a free consultation to discuss working together. Link up your calendar even and suggest a time. Even if the client already selected someone else, they will be impressed enough to remember you because very few people actually follow up. In fact, some clients specifically wait to see who will follow up to make sure people are really interested in the job and not just replying to every opening with the same canned response. The more clients that have you on their radar the better. Even if you don’t get the job this time, they may remember you when they need another VA. If you felt this was an ideal client for you, you might even follow up a month or two later and ask them if everything is working out with their new VA and if they need any additional help. I’ve had clients that I had to follow up with for years before landing large accounts. It’s a long term game with some clients. But it is important work you’re doing in putting your name out there. 😉
Do you update the listings once the jobs are filled?
Yes, but only when I find out about it. Like I said, most people rarely follow up. Most folks hire their VA and then go on about their merry lives without even telling me. You can assume that if a posting has been on the site more than a week or two, it has most likely been filled. (I don’t delete the listings because that would create a broken link, I simply put a message on the top stating that the job has been filled.)
What other strategies do you recommend for getting clients?
I’m glad you asked! The listings service is a great way to get your hands on new leads for folks that are looking to hire a VA now, but networking should be an important part of any VA or online service business’ strategy to success. You can do online networking, in-person networking, or better yet, both. Get within groups where your ideal client hangs out, blog and post articles on LinkedIn that show how you’re an expert in your field, and talk to those you already interact with about your VA biz. Let people know what you do and eventually, clients will start finding you!
I’m having trouble getting any responses and getting frustrated. Should I keep trying?
Yes, absolutely! I thought I was a failure my first three months as a VA. I had a few decent clients that I had gotten right away and had a couple more for project work but from month one to three I really wasn’t finding much more in terms of ongoing work. But I was networking my butt off. Guess what happened in months 3 to 6? My business exploded. All the networking WAS paying off, I just didn’t know it yet. If you’re struggling, keep going. It only takes one person to love your response and become an amazing new client. There are a lot of potential clients out there and as you go, you’re learning a lot about what types of people are looking for VAs and what types of responses work best. You’ve got this! Don’t give up yet!!
I have enough clients now that I’ve gained a few more through all this networking and the listings. I can’t take on any more! How do I cancel?
Hold up. You can cancel at any time but is that really a good reason to cancel? You’ve gained so many new clients from the listings that you want to stop??! Why not take on some subcontractors you can outsource some of your work to? Making money in your sleep while someone else does the work?! Sounds like a plan to me. If you need coaching and guidance on how to set up a team, try one of my coaching packages.
If you still want to cancel, you can do so by following the instructions below. Please be aware that once you cancel you will no longer see the listings (i.e. if your subscription is set to end July 31st and you cancel July 17th, you won’t be able to see the listings from July 17th to 31st). As soon as you cancel, your membership status will be “none” and your password will no longer grant you access to the site. Please do not cancel and ask me to manually extend your subscription until the end date – if I did this for everyone I would have to raise the price of the subscription. Set yourself a reminder to cancel the day before your renewal is set to go through if you want to use your membership up until the final day of the week/month you paid for. Also be aware that emailing me is also not considered as a cancellation. You need to cancel your subscription yourself from within your PayPal account – please do not rely on me to cancel your account for you.
You can cancel any subscription or recurring payments that you have set up through PayPal including YDV by using the following instructions:
- Log in to your PayPal account.
- Click Profile near the top of the page.
- Click My money.
- Click Update in the My preapproved payments section.
- Click Cancel, Cancel automatic billing, or Cancel subscription and follow the instructions.
If you’re having issues cancelling, please contact me.
I love this service and have a few new clients already!! Can I tell other people about this?
Of course. I’m currently working on an affiliate program to thank people for recommending me but in the meantime, let me know who you recommended and I’ll send something your way in return. I’m glad you’re enjoying the service and appreciate you greatly for supporting me and the work I do!
One of today’s postings is perfect for a friend or another group I’m in – can I share the posting?
Unfortunately the membership applies only to you. You cannot share the jobs you find on the listings with anyone, place them in your own jobs listing service or elsewhere on the web or use them in ANY other way than for your own personal use to find clients for yourself or your subcontractors. Of course you are welcome to share the service with your friend or group and if people decide to sign up they will be able to see those past postings just like you can. Those violating the terms of service will have their subscription (and any future charges) cancelled and they will be banned from accessing the site. No partial refunds will be issued for people banned due to their own violation of the terms of service.
I have another question not mentioned here. Who do I contact?
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