Creating compelling marketing materials is an exercise you cannot afford to skip or rush through. Your marketing materials are critical to your overall marketing strategy and brand. One of the important components in your marketing materials is "your story".

In The BeginningYour story, of how you decided to become a Virtual Assistant is a great way to educate your target audience about you, your expertise and your passion. Your "why" is just as important as your expertise because it makes you relatable. Marketing your business should be authentic and real. You don't want to come across as sales-y or pushy. No one likes the used car salesman approach. So make your marketing materials stand out with your story.

How do you include your story in your marketing materials?

Writing a heartfelt message to your website visitors on your "About Me" page is one way to convey your story. Many people look at the "About" tab first to see who they are visiting. Who does this website belong to? Why did they start their business? What is their passion? And most importantly, they are looking for a connection with you. Why should they hire you?

While you want to be honest about your story and your journey to becoming a Virtual Assistant, you don't want to share private information. No one really wants to hear the sordid details of your divorce. As much of a hardship as this is, that's a little too real for a first time visitor.

Instead, focus on your main "why", really drill down as to what motivated you to start your own business and work so hard. While divorce is an unfortunate event in your life, the real motivator was that you had to find a flexible career that allowed you to take care of your children. Almost anyone can relate to you wanting to provide for your children and raise them on your own. By giving your website visitors a compelling "About Me" page, you are giving them a reason to find out more about you, your services and your expertise.

Another way to use your story in your marketing materials is to relate to your target audience based on the solutions you provide. For example, you could add something like this to your services page:

"Taking care of your family, your house and a successful business isn't easy. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to take care of everything and everyone else...let alone yourself. I know exactly how you feel, and I want to help you. I can help you get back some precious time in your day by taking care of tasks like..."

By using an example like the one above, you are speaking directly to their problems, identifying with them as someone who knows what it feels like to be overwhelmed, and then offering them a solution.

Author's Bio: 

Sydni Craig-Hart, The VA Success Coach™, is Founder of Executive Assistant to Virtual Assistant!, a company dedicated to providing Administrative Professionals with the support, tools and resources they need to create a highly successful, profitable Virtual Assistant business. Visit to listen to Sydni’s FREE audio class “How to Start and Grow A Profitable Virtual Assistant Business ...In Less Than Six Months”.