Planning is Key (Part Four): What Services Should I Offer?

This is an interesting question now you’ve given the AC route considerable thought. Throughout this series of articles you

This is an interesting question now you’ve given the AC route considerable thought. Throughout this series of articles you would have noticed that I constantly say, “if this is the right route for you” and now is where you have to be brutally honest with yourself  and list your skills, your strong-points and your weaknesses to give you an idea about the direction in which you wish to go with your business. There are many things to mull over like offering a broad spectrum of services or sticking to two or three services and creating a niche for yourself in the virtual world.

You may have prior experiences at the companies where you have worked but you need to change your mindset as now you are taking the entrepreneurial path and that is a whole different ball game. You need to breathe and think like a business owner which in itself requires a number of other skills if you’re going to be successful. In any case you can take your current skills and build on them so you get better and better but to start you must look at your personality as a whole to determine your strengths and your weaknesses and list the services you would be fit to offer potential clients ensuring a job well done.

Much of this would depend on how much time you have, I mean are you going to be a full-time Administrative Consultant or will you only be doing this part-time? This is an important factor because some AC services require you to be available to your clients a few hours a day and normally during their office hours so bear that in mind when you’re brainstorming.


What Type of Services Do Administrative Consultants Offer?

There is an immense amount of services a Administrative Consultants can put out there. Think of various types of businesses and think about the type of work they generate to get the ideas flowing but take a look at this impressive list I’ve put together and I’m sure you’ll be surprised at the amount of fields you can become involved in:

Word Processing Bookkeeping
Translation Services Real Estate Services
Legal Administration Insurance
Web Design Database Creation
Academic Research Proofreading
Event Planning Marketing & Press Releases
Internet Marketing Internet Research
Sales Customer Services
Phone Answering Admin Support
Blog Maintenance e-Book Writing
Data Entry Digital Audio
Digital Photography Digital Video
Mail Services Directory Publishing
Email Management Fax Services
Graphic Design Human Resources Services
Editing & Retouching Interactive Training
Programming/ Software Design Powerpoint Presentations
Personal Assistant Website Maintenance
Office Management Technical Support


Analyze yourself...

Analyze yourself…Crucial to your business so choose wisely

This list is only intended to orientate you a little but don’t limit yourself to the services listed here as they can be expanded on according to your own skill level but you’ll agree that Administrative Consultants have an extensive catalogue of services to offer and areas you can personally get involved in and make your own. With thousands of Administrative Consultants out there perhaps it would be a good idea to focus on a couple of the above ideas and find a way of standing out from the crowd. Analyze the services you’d be comfortable in offering before branching out and exploring new skills but beware of guaranteeing a client a particular service only to find you can’t deliver. It’s not good business sense and it will soon earn you a bad reputation in the AC world.

The next obvious question would be: How should I price my services?

Hang on! We’ll be discussing that in another chapter so stay tuned for that and make sure you don’t sell yourself short.

About Sabrina L. Williams

Although I was born in the UK, I moved to the Canary Islands, Spain at a young age and I haven't looked back. The Canaries is a fantastic place to live, I mean you can do all types of outdoor activities practically all year round because of the great weather. Horses are my poison but the islands are also a superb spot for water sports so they do attract a lot of attention from people around the world. Anyway, enough about that. Back in 2011, I made one of the biggest, scariest yet best decisions I'd ever made and set-up my own business in the middle of a recession. I love what I do as no two days are the same, plus Spanish law keeps me on my toes as it is constantly changing (often without warning!) so there is always something new to learn. As I've branched out in the world of Administrative Consultancy, I decided to create a blog to discuss topics of interest to others in my industry and my clients, share tips and experiences, to see what new ideas people have for improving their businesses and the like so I hope you'll find the time to join me on this venture...

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