55 ways a virtual assistant can grow your business today
If you are getting to the point in your business where you’re feeling swamped, hiring a virtual assistant can help take the pressure off.
It wasn’t until recently when I personally took the plunge into the realm of freelance that I appreciated just how multifaceted this type of support really is.
You could be forgiven for thinking that a virtual assistant only takes on the more traditional aspects of a personal or administrative assistant but without taking up desk space in your office. Whilst a VA can of course offer you diary and inbox management, the remit of an online assistant does not stop there.
In this article we’re going to take a look at how you can identify the tasks you would like some help with and how hiring virtual services could be just the ticket to save yourself time in your business.
How can a virtual assistant increase your productivity?
Imagine how productive you could be by delegating time consuming procedures that distract you from your other goals? If you don’t know where to begin, a good place to start is by identifying the areas that take up your time.
For more tips on how to track and manage your time, check out my post on the 9 hustle habits you should be doing on a daily basis.
To build a picture on how you spend your time, download a tool such as A Time Logger that records your activity.
Supplement this with questions like: which areas of your business do you dislike? And, what would you prefer to being doing with your time?
Once you have the low-down on how you actually spend your time – I know, we’re all guilty of falling down an internet rabbit hole – you can start to align this with your business goals.
What takes up the most of your time?
Now you’re starting to build up a picture of what exactly you want to delegate you can turn your attention to finding someone to carry out this role for you.
What does a virtual assistant do?
As you will appreciate, no two businesses are the same. Therefore, the scope for online support can span a wide area. The following list gives you further ideas on the kinds of work an online employee could assist you with.
Schedule meetings and appointments into your calendar
Clear out and organise your inbox
Design and format the slides for your next speaking event
Remind you of important notes and events
Streamline your electronic filing systems
Research and book flights and accommodation for your business trip
Transcribe your conference notes
Carrying out research
Acknowledge and respond to customer emails
Convert documents to PDFs
Phone answering services
Online customer service (emails, chat and social media)
Offline customer service (inbound/outbound phone calls)
Project support and management
Provide project support
Marketing and events
Build your next newsletter campaign
Organise your next event
Flier and brochure design
Writing, blogging and social media
Publish and promote your next eBook
Article and guest posting submissions
Create and maintain your social media presence
Podcast editing and submission to your platform
Proofread and edit documents
Webinar setup and maintenance
Online ad promotion
Creating landing pages
Graphic design and creative
Create a new logo
Set up templates to match your logo design
Facilitate building a mobile app for your business
Design and maintain your new company website
Website or blog design
Website or blog maintenance
Accountancy and bookkeeping
Keep on top of your bill payments
Manage your affiliate programmes
Pay per click management
Real estate services
Ebay sales assistant
How can a virtual assistant help your business?
This list is of course not exhaustive. There are endless permutations of skills that you can outsource that relate to your business needs. Identify what you would like to outsource and be sure to match your expectations with the skill set of freelancers and self-employed workers online.
I featured a really detailed guest post covering many points on why you should hire a freelancer that explains in further detail the time saving benefit of outsourcing your work. Is struggling with parts of your business that you are not comfortable with a feasible way to spend your time? Decide what is more important to you: to learn every aspect of your business, no matter how complex or whether you will be competent, or delegate to someone else who can efficiently complete the task you outsource.
Where can you hire a virtual assistant?
You can try websites such as Upwork and People Per Hour to find a virtual assistant in just about every category you can think of. These sites allow you to create a job advert and prospective candidates will contact you, or you can approach people with relevant skills.
I have used Upwork as a freelancer and successfully found several wonderful clients to work with.
You could also try through an agency such as Timeetc. where you contact them with your requirements and they will match you with a suitable candidate.
Would you hire a freelancer online or would you search for work yourself online? Let me know if you have any questions on the role of a virtual assistant or if you’re just getting started yourself.
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