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10 Tasks You Can Outsource to a Virtual Assistant


ThinkstockPhotos-178609380One of the biggest reasons for struggling to grow a small business is the fact that entrepreneurs and small business owners wear way too many hats. They’re busy doing everything instead of focusing on what’s most important and what’s bringing the money in. If this sounds like you, it’s probably time to start outsourcing some of your business tasks.

Most entrepreneurs are ready to get on board with outsourcing their work, but they just don’t know what tasks they can outsource in the first place. Here is a list of 10 tasks that you can outsource to a virtual assistant so you can start focusing on growing your business:

 

  1. Email Management

Emails are probably the most time consuming thing you can deal with as a small business owner, but you need to respond to your potential clients in order to grow your business, right? Emails are an interruption. Just imagine how many hours you lost working by managing your own emails. Virtual assistants can provide you with email management so you don’t have to get interrupted by worthless emails and even important emails from clients and potential customers.

 

  1. Phone Calls

Phone calls interrupt you the same way emails do. And if you have any type of call-to-action or even a simple phone number on your website, you’re going to get a lot of phone inquiries and you definitely don’t want to lose business by ignoring these calls. This is where a virtual assistant would come in. Virtual assistants can help you with personal calls, client inquiries, vendor calls, and anything else you need assistance with.

 

  1. Scheduling

You’re a business owner, you’re busy! Every business owner needs a secretary. A virtual receptionist can assist you with keeping your peace of mind by taking over your scheduling efforts. Virtual receptionists can remind you of your appointments you have as well as schedule any personal or business-related meetings you don’t have time to manage.

 

  1. Bookkeeping

Bookkeeping isn’t for everyone. It’s a tedious, difficult task that takes patience and skill. Virtual assistants have the knowledge and expertise to help you manage your bills, invoices and payments so you don’t have to.

 

  1. Data Management

Whether you enter data into Word or Excel on a daily basis, it’ time consuming! A virtual assistant can help collect and organize your data for a presentation, case study or any other data-related task.

 

  1. Travel Research

If you’ve ever taken a business trip you know how time consuming it can be to find cheap airfare, hotels and other transportation. Hiring a virtual assistant will relieve you of some of the stress related to business travel. They’ll even help you find the tourist places worth checking out during your free time!

 

  1. Marketing

Social media management, website maintenance, blog creation, online advertising, and more can require a lot of training and knowledge that not every business owner attains. Virtual office assistants are trained in tasks such as these and can help save you an incredible about of time and money when it comes to your marketing efforts.

 

  1. File Storage and Organization

Let’s face it, some people are just not great at organization. As a small business owner, you’re not expected to be! However, being organized is crucial to succeeding in a busy environment. Virtual assistants can help you systematize and put processes in place to help your business efforts become more organized.

 

  1. Reporting

Reporting can be a tedious, long process that we really don’t have time for but must do in order to understand how our business is doing, what needs to be changed, and what we need to do to

grow as a company. Virtual assistants can help with any reporting process for weekly, month, quarterly and yearly reports to help you understand your business, your marketing efforts and your successes.

 

  1. Client Relations

Virtual office assistants can help support your client relations process by sending invoices, thank you letters or following up after project completion, very daunting tasks that no business owner wants to do themselves.

More and more businesses are benefiting from the services a virtual office assistant can provide. Discover the key benefits you can achieve by off-loading administrative tasks, and how to best utilize your virtual assistant to free up your time.

Download this helpful eBook on how to work efficiently with your virtual office assistant and learn how to best off-load common administrative tasks.

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