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Facebook: What can it do for Virtual Assistants?

What is Facebook all about and does it have any benefits for virtual assistants?

Facebook is one of the top ten Web 2.0 applications and social networking sites in the world. Started as a social experiment, Facebook was originally designed as a way for college students and friends to keep in touch and create interesting profiles and pages for others to look at. Many kids and college students latched on to Facebook. Members can upload pictures, leave messages on the profiles of others, and search for friends who have profiles.

Although started as a social website, Facebook is not just for the young teenagers and college students however. It’s now also a networking tool for business owners, including virtual assistants. It’s a great way to connect with other business owners and find potential customers. A plus for new virtual assistants with a tight budget is that joining Facebook is free. When you register, you will get a member home page where you can create a profile and tell others about your virtual assistant business.

Virtual Assistants can use their Facebook profile to tell others all about themselves. Many times, business owners never really have a chance for potential clients to learn more about the person behind the business. With the emphasis put on advertising, growing the business and promoting their products or service, clients don’t have a chance to get to know the person they are doing business with.

Social networking pages on social sites like Facebook, give customers and other business associates a chance to find out about you as a person, and people like doing business with those they know.

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Anyone can join Facebook for free and put their profile up quickly . Facebook also has groups you can join that bring together like minded people according to business, personal, or other social factors. Groups talk to one another; share business tips and create a useful connection in many different ways. You don’t have to push your business but can find potential clients in a natural way by building connections, much like you would in a face to face networking event.

Virtual Assistants can use Facebook pages to showcase their services and give customers a place to ask questions and post comments about the services they have used. They can talk to each other and compare notes. Take advantage of the free exposure a popular social networking site like Facebook can give you and your business. Be sure to have a link back to your website so that potential clients can learn about your services.

Facebook can be a useful tool for new virtual assistants looking for clients and exposure to their website.

Social networking on the Internet is a popular trend that will certainly continue to grow and can be used to your advantage while building a business. Virtual assistants have an advantage with social networking since we are already working in virtual offices and skilled with Internet technology.

Facebook has a variety of uses both for business and personal reasons. If you have not yet created your Facebook profile, I suggest you get one started today!

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