There are hundreds of tasks you can potentially outsource in your business, but listing them all individuality would be incredibly overwhelming. This blog will be a 4 part series to help you identify the areas in which are most common to outsource or delegate to a virtual assistant.
As an overview, a virtual assistant (VA) is is an entrepreneur who provides professional administrative, technical or creative assistance to clients from a home office.There are extra benefits to hiring a VA besides the ability to delegate time-sucking tasks such as, accountability of having team members.
As you interview and learn more about VA’s you will find that there are several different terms that are used interchangeably with VAs and that VA’s do not specialize in every area. You may see generalists or VA that specialize in the below areas.
When interviewing consider your list of tasks and the skills you are requiring from your potential VA partner.
Here are a few specialized tasks that you can outsource to a Virtual Assistant:
- Website Design, Support & Maintenance. Websites are not a “set it up and forget about” area they require continual maintenance and that does not include the updates or new pages you may want to add to your website. Outsourcing to a VA that specializes in WordPress or Squarespace allows you to focus on the areas you are most passionate about.
- Social Media Management & Marketing. For most entrepreneurs, we use social media to grow our business and connect with your audience.
- Blogging. This can include ghostwriting (someone who writes posts for you under your name) or setting up the posts and creating blog graphics and scheduling which can take just as much time as writing the content.
- Email Marketing. Newsletter setup and scheduling can be a daunting task for many entrepreneurs. Instead, hand this task off to your virtual assistant.
- Graphics & Brand Design. DIYing your brand can certainly eat up a lot of time as you perfect what your vision is for your brand. This is a perfect opportunity to outsource this task it enables you to streamline your visual identity and reduce your to-do list.
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- General Administrative duties. Administrative work, creating document briefs, updating excel sheets, calendar and appointment management are all tasks that consume our daily list but do not necessarily move your business forward, which means they are great tasks to outsource.
- Email & Inbox Management. Most business owners tend to get overloaded in their inbox and this is where a VA can provide support. Support in this area typically includes sending follow-up emails, respond to inquiries, filter emails and sort according to priority.
- Accounting & Bookkeeping. This is one of the most dreaded tasks of small business owners. Instead of spending hours a month figuring it out (and also worrying if you are doing it right) delegate it out to a trusted individual that specializes in this area.
- Research. Whether it is market research for a new course, product or if you are looking to track down stats. This is an easy task to delegate out to a virtual assistant, provide a simple layout of what you are looking for and hand it over.
- Personal Assistance. You are so busy that sometimes personal tasks get pushed to the end of the list. A virtual assistant can support you personally with calendar and appointment scheduling, mailing, ordering office supplies (hello, Amazon) and even dinner (setting up your Hellofresh and Blue Apron subscription boxes)
These top 10 business areas are just the tip of the iceberg on what you can outsource in your business. As a rule of thumb, any item can be outsourced to a VA if it frees up your time so you can focus on the areas that bring you joy and build revenue