A Virtual Assistant (VA) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office. Because VA’s are independent contractors rather than employees, you are not responsible for any employee-related taxes, insurance or benefits. Another advantage is that you avoid the logistical problem of providing extra office space, equipment or supplies. These days, a VA is someone a lot of busy professionals like yourself just can’t do without!
You can hire a VA to work for only the hours or tasks that you need them for. If you just need someone for five or so hours a week to take phone calls while you’re in meetings or onsite with a customer, they can do that. If you need them to work more hours one week and less the next week, they can do that too! Budgets are tight these days and many VA’s can schedule the work you need done within your budget setup.
So, what can these fantabulous VA’s do for you? Well, besides giving you the feeling of a big weight being lifted off your shoulders, here are just a few of the ways you could benefit from hiring a Virtual Assistant:
- Upload blogs or email newsletters
- Respond to emails, set up email lists and schedule email deliveries
- Transcribe voice memos, conference calls, webinars and more
- Manage your calendar/schedule and plan your travel
- Research (this is a big topic for which I’ll give examples later)
- Compile data into organized spreadsheets
- Any time-consuming or repetitive tasks
- Manage your social media accounts
Over the next few months I will be unpacking each of these tasks and show you what each item would look like for a small business owner and how to communicate your needs to your Virtual Assistant. Stay tuned! I can’t wait to show you some real life examples.