10 things a virtual assistant can do for you
We live in a busy world where a lot is expected of us, both personally and professionally, sometimes it's hard to see a way through it all. Virtual assistants can be your saving grace, picking up tasks that often get neglected due to lack of time, or often overlooked due to other tasks ranking priority. We say no more - don't sweat the small stuff, get someone else to sweat for you. If you've ever wondered what activities a virtual assistant could pick up, then wonder no more. We've highlighted 10 things you can delegate to get stuff done, and this really is just the tip of the iceberg.
Here are 10 tasks a virtual assistant can take off your hands:
1. Social media marketing
Social media management is a perfect task for virtual assistants, especially if you're on more than one social media platform. Virtual assistants can handle comments and questions, and they can regularly share updates about your business. They can play a key factor in improving your company’s social media presence to increase brand recognition, brand loyalty, and brand authority.
2. Data presentations
Creating a presentation is time consuming. If you're tied up with a lot of work and have an urgent presentation to pull together, just delegate your requirements to a virtual assistant. Let’s say that you are preparing a PowerPoint presentation. You know what you’re going to talk about, but you haven’t assembled the actual slides yet. A virtual assistant could do the slides for you and save you a few hours. They could even handle the research part. No one need know you got help. We call it resourcefulness not cheating!
3. Proof reading and editing documents
If you'd appreciate a more polished and professional edge to your business communications you can use a virtual assistant to proof read, edit and help you write your reports, e-mails, in fact any correspondence. Attention to detail is essential when it comes to writing, proof-reading and copy editing. There’s nothing more embarrassing (or costly) than getting a document printed or giving a presentation only to find that it’s littered with spelling mistakes, poor grammar and rogue apostrophes.
4. Online research
Let a virtual assistant do the research while you run your business. They can provide regular content for your blog, newsletters or articles, research what is trending and report back to you. The only thing you need to do is to provide clear instructions for the research project and that’s it.
5. Database entries
Keep your databases current. Whether you need to enter data in Word or Excel, you will lose time on such petty tasks so play to your strengths and delegate the small stuff.
6. Content writing
Blog posting is one of the biggest components of successful content marketing. It’s also one of the most time consuming chores. The heart of your website is its content and that includes pictures and videos as well as text, all delivering important information to your customer. You need content that is professionally written, accurate and engaging to ensure you keep the reader’s interest.
7. Email management
To keep you from wasting time in your email inbox, virtual assistants can filter your most important emails and respond to the rest on your behalf. As your business grows, so do your e-mails, trawling through hundreds of emails can be really stressful. A virtual assistant can update contacts, unsubscribe you from newsletters that are no longer relevant, filter messages and delete spam and junk mail before they fill your inbox up.
8. Travel research
An assistant can search and book flights and make hotel reservations on your behalf as well as working to a specific budget. They can also book train tickets, apartments, reschedule flights, map journeys and plan or schedule meetings at your intended destination. This neededn't just be for work, travel a lot for fun get someone else to do the leg work!
9. Event planning
Virtual assistants today are managing the calendars of many clients online. Tasks include dealing with meeting invitations, scheduling appointments with clients and helping to plan events. You could let a virtual assistant plan your next company event or outing for you. Making sure that you can relax and enjoy the event knowing that all the detail has been taken care of. A virtual assistant can research venues, contact caterers, communicate with suppliers, line up speakers, manage online registration processes and more.
Many small businesses choose to share their bookkeeping systems with their virtual assistants who can then follow up on tasks such as outstanding invoices or unpaid bills. From managing payroll, sorting out VAT returns or providing monthly management accounts; a virtual assistant can take the strain.
More than you thought huh? And there's so much more that can be handed over. If you’re looking for a fantastic virtual assistant that can help you streamline your business and manage tasks you just don’t have the time to complete fivesquid is the right place to find one. We can feel that weight lifted from your shoulders already.... if only a virutal assistant could put the kettle on...