Staffing and delegating are two of the most difficult issues for entrepreneurs to overcome. It’s not easy to know when you’ve reached a point where you can expand your team without straining your budget, if you really need to and how to find the right person for the job.
That’s why so many of them hire virtual assistants. The popularity and range of services offered by virtual assistants have skyrocketed in recent years. They can be game-changers for small companies.
Of course, if you’ve never worked with a VA before, it might seem a bit confusing, and you’ll have a hard time deciding which tasks you can delegate to them. So let’s look at a few examples.
Organizing Your Schedule
At first glance, keeping track of your schedule may appear straightforward, but as your company grows, you’ll be compelled to take on more responsibilities, turning your calendar into a complete mess. Moving things around on your calendar and rescheduling appointments without missing crucial deadlines becomes increasingly challenging over time.
A virtual assistant can organize your schedule for you and remind you of meetings and deadlines. They can also schedule and reschedule appointments and make sure you always know what you have planned for the day and the week.
Email is one of the most aggravating chores for a busy entrepreneur. Emails can take up a large portion of your time, and even though you try your best, you somehow still manage to miss something important, resulting in disgruntled clients or business partners – probably because you receive a zillion emails and a zillion other things to do.
So why not do yourself a favour and hire a virtual assistant? It’s perfect for remote work. They can delete your spam and organize your inbox according to your preferences. You’ll know what emails need to be answered right away and which can wait. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and frustration.
Doing research takes a lot of time, but it’s necessary. You want to know the latest developments in your industry, market trends and what your competitors are doing. Plus, every time you want to present an offer to a client or a potential business partner, you need to do research for the presentation.
This is another good task for a virtual assistant. They can go through the data and make a file with the most relevant details for your goals.
If you often travel for business, they can also research the best travel arrangements, including flights, accommodation and restaurants. You’ll save time and money.
These days every business needs a strong online presence, and social media platforms are among the most powerful tools you can use to achieve that. At the same time, they can be so time-consuming.
Look for a virtual assistant with experience in social media management and digital marketing. You can give them clear instructions regarding your brand’s voice and tone, as well as what kind of information to post and what to avoid.
If you’re not comfortable letting them post on your behalf, you can let them research the metrics on both your accounts and those of your competitors. The information they gather will make it easier for you to understand the kind of content that will work best with your target audience.