If you’re still on the fence about hiring a VA, you shouldn’t be. There are thousands of ways a virtual assistant can help you and your business. Your time is better spent GROWING your business instead of being bogged down with the minutiae that occur daily. So, what tasks can a VA do?
Here are 15 to get you started:
1. Email management
It’s so easy to get sucked into the never-ending email cycle. Don’t waste your time getting rid of junk email when a VA can do that for you!
2. Calendar & event management
A VA can also manage your calendar so that you never miss an opportunity, event, or meeting. It’s easy to overextend yourself so don’t put yourself in that position.
Do you have a weekly or monthly newsletter? Delegate that to your VA! Most platforms allow sending a test email so you can see what it looks like before it goes out to your readers. Just be sure to use clear communication with your VA so he/she knows exactly what you expect.
Many VAs can handle website design, edits, and updates. If something is outdated or needs to be changed, just create a task for your VA to take care of it.
5. Event Planning
Planning an event can take up a lot of your time so delegate as much as you can. Have your VA check on possible venues, menu options, and handle the RSVP tasks.
6. Social Media
Although it’s important for marketing your business, social media can be a huge time suck. A VA is trained in the skills necessary to make the most of social media without getting sucked in.
If you have a blog, and you should, have your VA research and draft the posts for you. Of course, you’ll have to review them for accuracy and style, but that requires a lot less time than doing it all yourself.
8. Financial management
From sending invoices to your clients to keeping your books balanced, a VA can handle all aspect of your business accounting. Keep in mind, however, there may be a learning curve if you’re using a system that’s not widely recognized, such as Quickbooks.
Some people like to have personal reminders of upcoming events instead of relying on technology to deliver them. If you’re one of those people, a VA can handle this for you.
10. Streamlining filing
Organizational skills are a must for any good VA. As a business owner, you may not have a certain system in place yet because you may be too busy. However, a VA can create a system and make sure that all of your documents are filed accordingly.
It’s important to have a support system in place for yourself, your employees, and your clients. A VA can handle most of this very easily simply by being the point of contact. Don’t get bogged down trying to be everything to everyone.
12. Proofread & edit
If you’ve been working on something for awhile, you know that things can be overlooked, such as proper grammar and punctuation. A VA can read through your content to see if it makes sense and pick up any errors.
Every business needs procedures in place that determine how things are handled. Creating these can be cumbersome, especially if you’re busy running your business. You can delegate this task to a VA who will devote the time necessary to document exactly how things are completed.
14. Travel arrangements
Need to take a vacation? Travel for business? Your VA can do that for you. Simply provide him/her with your destination and other details and you’ll be set! Your VA will also give you some options of the best attractions in the area, things to do, and best places to eat.
VAs are great at researching things so you don’t have to. Simply provide the topic and your VA’s fingers will fly! Be sure, however, to give implicit instructions on how you want to receive the research (email, Word document, Excel spreadsheet, etc.).
The moral of the story here is to delegate as much as you can! Your VA is there to help you accomplish all of your goals and set newer bigger goals. Remember, you can’t be everything to everyone so stop trying!
What does your VA do you for?