You know that thing is hard and difficult? you have a brilliant idea for business and not get money anywhere to put it into practice. So we said in a previous post that an idea was not enough to build a business. (See Even if you do not believe it: an idea is not everything )
In addition to this brilliant idea that makes the heart beat like crazy, you needs, large or small scale, get money for that boot. No matter how innovative is the idea, you do not pass the gate without funding.
This means using every resource to have on hand to help you take your business to the next level. Most businesses start out with money provided by the owners, their savings and home equity loans, many also use plastic money (yes, credit cards)
In fact many startups are supported by the TDC. So much so that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, fully funded their efforts through the use of the TDC. At this point be very careful, because if you run up a huge debt and damage your credit rating, to obtain further funding will be very difficult.
Friends and family.
In the earliest stages of starting entrepreneurs also tend aa seek money from family, friends, relatives and colleagues. Many startups are achieved as well. That funding is usually informal. It probably will not have to write a business plan in advance, however, and no matter how well known to investors is wise to draw up a contract to avoid misunderstandings. Clear accounts remain friends.
Uff how difficult it is for a loan with these people, because the banks mostly be dealing exclusively with an intermediary, that is captured at a rate deposits, places these different instruments and so on, but few are devoted to study your case and indeed provide this much-needed money.
They demand that your company has at least two years of activity and require collateral as security. The exception to do with builders or companies that handle expensive equipment such as heavy machinery and have already signed contracts. But most governments in Latin America especially, have agencies supporting small and medium enterprises.
Like any government institution, must be patient and try to present a good business plan, especially as clear and understandable as possible, to provide it and may have even to give a guarantee for that.
If yours is a technology business, belongs to a minority, or is a community of women, it is likely that in his country there are organizations that manage budgets funded institutions such as World Bank, IDB, or any similar body. Just to compete for that money is uphill, so if you apply and win that can be a guarantor to obtain funds from elsewhere.
Whenever someone comes along and, with enough money you are willing to risk in new projects. Often these are former entrepreneurs. That in addition to providing money they can offer experience and useful contacts. Where can you find them? One possibility is to look for places where these people meet, clubs, associations, professional associations or similar where you are always aware of new businesses to invest.
The bad: they have become more sophisticated so now many are interested in companies that have already started.
It’s easier than winning the lottery than a daring capitalist to invest in starting a business and less on the initial phase of it. However, if your company has a history and promises high performance, it’s worth a shot. Your best bet is to use the net to find a reference.
Make sure you have a tight business plan. You also have to be willing to relinquish control over major decisions and to sell your business or having to make an initial public offering at seven years of receiving the investment.
Customers and suppliers
Some customers may be willing to help finance the development of their product, if customized for them. As providers, they may be able to fiarle inventory, always ensure that you will pay for the material on a particular date.
The need for independence makes teleworker are increasingly attractive for both self-employed and for small and medium businesses that want to minimize their costs by reducing its payroll staff.
And in that sense, virtual assistants and business represent an interesting model for entrepreneurship for the following 3 reasons:
It’s a business you can operate from home
You can develop part-time
Requires a moderate investment of resources
However, like any business, so that it is profitable for your pocket, you need to shape and develop a plan that allows you to effectively sell your services as a self-employed.
What is the concept of Virtual Assistant?
Basically refers to a person who acts as secretary and assistant but that is not physically engaged and laboring at the site of the company, but performs tasks remotely from home.
What tasks runs a Virtual Assistant?
Regular functions can provide a virtual secretary and do not require his presence in office are among others:
Provide company information
Send and reply to emails
Sending and receiving mail
Payments for services
Control of agenda
What resources are needed to provide service Virtual Assistance?
Secretarial and administrative skills
Telephone and fax
Availability of computer (although it may be provided by the contractor)
Desk and basic office supplies
How much does a Virtual Secretary?
Like any self-employed, the fees are quoted per hour as the rate usually varies depending on the number of contracted hours and the type of company and requested features. The average round but $ 5 to $ 15 per hour.
It is essential that you are registered as a small contributor or independent professional tax registration in order to issue invoice for your services, which is a requirement of the company hiring you to post your services.
Steps to Starting Your Virtual Assistant Business
Determines how much time you can spend virtual assistant or secretary and you must specify it in your presentation
Prepare a presentation of the services you want to offer and focus on those where you have more experience (translation, secretarial, graphic design, etc.).
Identifies the type of companies that you would like to direct your services, make a list with addresses and phone numbers to visit
Visit each company and contact any manager or human resources staff to make a presentation of what you offer
Prepare a fund that lets you start providing your services until you receive the first payments and do not limit you perform your duties effectively
Prepare a business plan where you write your ideas in detail, you can see a guide on how to make your plan on this link
Make sure you have bills and all legal requirements required to operate your city as a worker (a) self (a)