EARN A DAY OFF : 10 TASKS YOUR VIRTUAL ASSISTANT CAN DO FOR YOU
Entrepreneurs often wear many hats – salesperson, writer, brand advocate, web expert, frantic googler, superhero. While entrepreneurs are often multi-skilled people, there are only so many tasks that can be accomplished in a day. With a business to run, entrepreneurs often find themselves struggling to complete so many errands that are important, but do not directly affect the core goals that they have set for their business.
If you are an entrepreneur who has found himself in this situation, delegating some of these roles is the next best move for you. Have you heard of ‘You’re not running a business, the business is running you.’?
Tasks that you can delegate to your Virtual Assistant can be divided into 3 categories:
- Things you don’t like to do – If excel files make your eyes bleed, and keeping tabs of receipts does not excite you, your VA will diligently organize these data for you.
- Things you can’t do – If you are allergic to Photoshop, find a VA who’s a natural at it.
- Things you don’t have time to do – Wake up and smell the coffee, not drown in emails.
There are many tasks that a virtual assistant can accomplish for your business. While one VA can’t accomplish all of them, it is important to identify the tasks that your business needs and find the best staff that can perform these functions for you.
1. Customer Service
Keeping your customers happy is a continuous challenge that requires a considerable amount of time. Answering inquiries, making follow-ups and constantly educating your customers on how they can maximize benefits from your products already sound like a full-time job. Interview virtual assistants that are already trained in providing excellent customer service.
2. Social Media Management
Successful businesses are on social media, so are your customers. If you have social media pages for your business, you have taken the first step. The next step is to devote time to establishing a presence, post valuable content and start meaningful engagement – or find a capable VA who can do all these flawlessly.
3. Accounting and Bookkeeping
How does your record book look like? Is it clean and orderly? Or, would you really rather not look? Keeping tabs of accounts payable and accounts received, reimbursements, and tax returns are just some of the essential tasks your Virtual Bookkeeper or Accountant can do for you. Interview a bookkeeper who is trained in BAS & GST or a CPA. You may need to turn over some information and log-ins so it doesn’t hurt to hire from a reputable agency.
4. Creative design
Not everyone is gifted with an artistic hand. If you have a vision for a blog cover, an eBook layout, or a product brochure, but don’t have the technical knowledge to execute it, hire a Virtual Assistant that is skilled in tools and products to produce the imagery that gets your point across.
5. Web development
Not all virtual assistants can be web developers, but a talented web developer can be your VA to help you build web pages, manage your database, and implement updates to your website. Your schedule and stress level will significantly improve if you have a web developer guiding you through the world of codes and scripts.
6. Content writing
It’s important for every business to share relevant and valuable content. However, not all entrepreneurs have time to write, schedule and update content consistently. Collaborate with a virtual assistant to create the content that best represents your brand and resonates with your customers.
The hiring process is one of the most crucial parts of any business. Hire a Virtual Assistant who is well versed in recruitment platforms such as Zoho Recruit, Seek & more. Get a recruitment expert who can create a profile and conduct initial interviews of the staff you want.
8. Prep Work
They say luck is when preparation meets opportunity. When preparing for various business opportunities such as a sales call or a presentation your Virtual Assistant can help you research, convert data into a more manageable form and help you polish your presentation.
9. Telemarketing and Appointment setting
End to end sales, Lead Generation, Debt Collection, Appointment Setting, and Surveys are just some of the tasks that a virtual assistant can do for you. Hire virtual assistants that are well versed in handling calls and getting your sales strategies into action.
10. Miscellaneous tasks
Miscellaneous tasks can be any essential tasks that take a substantial amount of time but can be delegated to capable hands. Tasks such as weeding through emails, booking flights, booking appointments, replying to blog comments and answering support tickets are ‘small’ things that take hours the time you could have spent on growing your business.
Whatever takes you away from achieving the goals that made you want to start your business, it’s time to delegate them to a well-trained staff. There is a wealth of capable virtual assistants who are soon to be valuable and cost-effective members of your team. A lot of them work with us.
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