Outsourcing to a Virtual Assistant

Using a virtual assistant can shave hours from your workweek, but knowing which tasks to delegate can be tricky, whether you’re starting or growing a business. Most virtual assistants are a contract or freelance workers who do their jobs from home and focus on tasks that are similar to those of an executive assistant or secretary.

Entrepreneurs can use virtual assistants for everything from making vendor or customer service calls to sending out thank you cards to prospective clients. It’s important to build trust, just as you would with a permanent employee. Not sure where to start? Here are some ways you can use a virtual assistant to improve your business.

Bookkeeping

Keeping tabs on bills and other bookkeeping matters can be one of the easiest things to assign to a virtual assistant. 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.

Online Research

You can easily farm out Internet research to virtual assistants. Common requests include finding information on corporate websites, exploring new products and vetting potential employees or business contacts.

Managing Email

To keep you from wasting time in your email inbox, some virtual assistants will filter your most important emails and respond to the rest on your behalf.

Scheduling

Because many scheduling tools are available online, virtual assistants are managing the calendars of many clients. Tasks can include dealing with meeting invitations from others, scheduling appointments with clients and helping to plan events.

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