25 Tasks To Outsource To Your Virtual Assistant

July 28, 2014

One of the common questions I’m asked by new clients (or clients-in waiting) is, “I’m too busy  to breathe but not sure how to get started with a virtual assistant”.  It’s a bit like tidying the house before your new cleaner starts … people think they need to catch up or write procedures before outsourcing to a virtual assistant.  Not so!!  If you were organised enough to be up to date with procedures as they should be you probably don’t need one!  A virtual assistant is the parachute before you hit the ground … or the runway you use to take that plane up into the air!

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Here’s a simple template to help you get started with your VA (any VA!) today but for those of you who know you need to be working smarter and are just not sure which tasks a virtual assistant can help with, here are some ideas:

Tasks your virtual assistant can do for you:

  1. Organise your Twitter lists
  2. Update your social media profiles
  3. Connect with clients, prospects and contacts from your social media profiles
  4. Send regular newsletters
  5. Answer your tech questions
  6. Manage your emails!!!
  7. Research and post blog posts
  8. Content marketing
  9. Website updates
  10. Budgeting
  11. Paying your bills
  12. Chasing those slow payers
  13. Filing tax returns
  14. Organising your events, workshops and courses
  15. Drafting correspondence
  16. Giving your forms that professional look
  17. Branding … all of it!
  18. Editing, proofing … in short we’ve got your back
  19. Presentations with impact
  20. Transcribing all your notes
  21. Sending out customer feedback surveys
  22. Supporting your existing team
  23. Capture all those business cards into a database
  24. Manage your diary / calendar for you
  25. Market research .. making sure you have the info you need to make your decisions

The 25 items above took me 10 minutes (self imposed time limit!) but there is so much more available in terms of support.  A good great virtual assistant can become your right hand (wom)man. Because many of us work with a wide variety of businesses and industries we pick up tips on how to work smarter … and believe me, we are constantly learning as the tools available to you change, almost daily.  We can also introduce you within our network to other professionals who can help you.

So if you’re working away under that constant feeling of overwhelm.  Stop!  There are a huge number of virtual assistants online, find one you click with, feel comfortable with and trust.  Then start sending through those tasks.  There is no reason in today’s world of available support that you should be bogged down … buy yourself some time and get searching for your very own VA!

What’s one task you’d love to move off your desk?


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