WHAT IS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT AND HOW CAN THEY HELP?
All of us could use a little help from time to time. The great thing about using a Virtual Assistant is that you can use them on an as-needed basis. You don’t have to worry about filling their time, providing a workspace or fussing with payroll. I am willing to bet there are 10 things now that you could delegate to a Virtual Assistant that would hand you back a chunk of invaluable time. Talk about a return on investment that is almost instant! Time is so precious these days so wouldn’t you like to have more? Let me explain a bit about what a Virtual Assistant is and how they can help.
A Virtual Assistant (also called a VA) is generally described as an entrepreneur who works remotely from home and assists people or businesses with administrative, creative and technical tasks online.
HOW THEY CAN HELP
Virtual Assistants are becoming more and more commonly used and are an absolute hidden gem. They can handle almost all the same tasks as an in-house assistant with many benefits. VA’s are typically independent contractors who work on a contract or freelance basis and can give a multitude of services. Some specialize in certain fields such as real estate, technology or medicine. With today’s technology, there is not much that you cannot outsource to a Virtual Assistant. Here is a list of the common tasks that Virtual Assistants typically offer:
- Database Management
- Online Email Management
- Word Processing
- Travel Arrangements
- Research – Online
- Presentations – Conversion to Power Point etc.
- Calendar Management – Online
- Expenses and Bookkeeping
- Social Media Management
- Client Care
- Website Management
- Desktop Publishing
Each Virtual Assistant will have their own strengths and specialties so be sure to do your research and find the right one to fit your needs and wants. It is also important that you and your VA be a personality match, especially if the Virtual Assistant you hire will be reaching out to your clients. You want them to represent you, your business and your brand effectively.
Could you use a Virtual Assistant? What are some of the items you could delegate today?