What is a Virtual Assistant?

What is a Virtual Assistant?

A Virtual Assistant is someone who delivers administrative, creative, and/or technical support services to other organisations from a remote location. Virtual assistants are particularly in demand by businesses that require help but do not want on-site staff at their location.

What are the benefits of having a Virtual Assistant?

  • Flexible working hours.
  • Create long term relationships by providing on-going services.
  • Business growth may lead to the outsourcing of extra work to subcontractors.
  • Services offered can either be specialised in a specific area or just general business support.
  • Reduced workload, as Virtual Assistants would manage some of your crucial tasks.
  • You pay according to the requirement; Virtual assistants will only bill you the hours they work.
  • Virtual Assistants strive to provide quality service.
  • Less time and money spent on recruitment.

 

20 Tasks you can outsource to a Virtual Assistant:

  1. Email management
  2. Calendar management
  3. Hotel & travel bookings
  4. Bookkeeping
  5. Website editing/design
  6. Brand development
  7. Invoicing and accounts payable and receivable
  8. Online customer service and support
  9. File Management
  10. Event Management
  11. Personal errands (such as purchasing gifts)
  12. Minute taking (virtually or in person)
  13. Creating spreadsheets
  14. Researching
  15. Social media engagement
  16. Converting files
  17. Planning holidays
  18. Creating graphics in Canva
  19. Data entry
  20. Email marketing

 

Next steps to get a Virtual Assistant:

Outline tasks you can outsource, focus on tasks that do not require your expertise

Whether you want to scale your business, stop doing tasks that annoy you or just want more free time.

Often, the best way to find a VA is through recommendations from your professional network. A referral from someone you know, and trust is a much more reliable and is usually based on skillsets and not the cheapest cost. Professional groups and LinkedIn can also be great sources. Hiring a Virtual Assistant is one of the most important decisions that you can make for your business. Until then, you will continue to waste valuable time and energy on tasks that do not contribute to the growth of your business. Having other people in your team helps to free up your time so you can focus on tasks that have the biggest impact on your business and income. I think you can see hiring a virtual assistant could be key to your success. Hope this helps you decide whether a VA is right for your business. A VA is a game changer!

So, what now?

Get outsourcing, that is what!

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