Your business is growing. You’ve got a lot of clients and work is lined up. You’re ready to launch a new book or program. How do you keep the momentum going and make it grow even more? Delegate to a virtual assistant!
A virtual assistant is an independent contractor that works from anywhere and can support your business in the tasks that you don’t want or need to do. They can also help you in areas where you lack expertise. And unlike an employee you don’t need to pay their benefits or salary and they work on the projects and tasks you need them to, and that’s it.
This is only the beginning…
Here is a short list of virtual assistant services that will bring value to your business:
1. Conduct online research
Find more places to guest blog, discover the keywords to use specifically on your business website, or research the location for your next workshop.
2. Implement new online tools for your business
Have you been wanting to try a new project management or analytics tool but don’t have the time or energy to learn how to use it or set it up? Delegate it to your VA and ask them to give you a tutorial once it’s ready to go.
3. Help you develop new business systems
Systems are the foundation to a well-running business and a VA can help you document, record and organize yours. With screen recording software and a shared folder system, they can get all your systems recorded and saved so you can refer to them at any time.
4. Work with customers or clients
Managing customer inquiries or follow up can be time consuming, so outsource it to your VA. They can communicate with your email as you, or you can set up a specific account linked to yours for them. Make sure you go over the tone and language you usually use with customers and approve messages at the beginning.
5. Manage and secure your website
A techie VA can help you keep your website updated and running properly. If you’re getting more visitors and more comments, you’re likely getting more spam and having more potential security threats. Keeping your website updated and secure will save you lots of headache and money in the future.
6. Engage and post on social media
Social media is all about engagement with your friends and followers and a VA can help you with some of the tasks like posting content, liking other pages, and responding to comments. At the beginning you should set clear guidelines of who to follow and how to answer, and you should schedule time to engage yourself as you are the person your fans want to hear from.
7. Support your business blog
It’s standard practice to have a blog for your business so why not let a VA handle the editing, formatting, image sourcing, linking and SEO-optimizing after you’ve done the writing? These may be things you can do, but if you don’t want to it’s a great set of tasks to delegate, and frees up your time to focus on the work you love to do.
8. Execute a product or program launch
You can hire a VA for a short period of time to help you with a product or program launch. You know there are lots of moving pieces and parts running up to the big event, so get prepared, plan out everything and hire a VA to do everything you don’t have to do yourself.
Boosting your business, one task at a time
You may feel overwhelmed at all the things you need help with, but start with listing out your daily and monthly tasks. Circle the things that YOU yourself do not have to do. Then number from highest to lowest the things that would bring immediate value to your business, and now you have a starting list of tasks to delegate to a virtual assistant.
What’s one task or project a virtual assistant could help you out with right now? Leave a note in the comments.
P.S. When you’re ready to take the jump into working with a virtual assistant, make sure you and your business are prepared: start with my Delegation Done Right Guide and you will be setting yourself up for success.