What does a virtual assistant do? Since I have gone freelance as a virtual assistant, I regularly get asked what it is I do.
A virtual assistant can do the majority of tasks that you don’t have time to do or that you would rather delegate to free up time to do something else, whether that be more work or give yourself a bit more time for your personal life.
It could include researching for events, looking for hotels, drinks reception venues, flights, holidays and hire cars to get you the information for the best prices that fit with your criteria. A virtual assistant can also arrange delivery of equipment and communicate with the venue staff.
Proof reading books, blogs, newsletters, articles, adverts or brochures – check for any typo’s, spelling mistakes or grammatical errors.
Setting up and overseeing a giveaway on your blog, website or social media outlets. Giveaways can increase brand exposure and bring in potential readers and customers.
If your VA is local to you they could do house checks and house cleaning if you are away on business, holiday or in hospital. They can water plants, arrange for pet sitters/boarding, open/scan and email post to you.
For bloggers, a VA could partake in comment threads, Instagram instants, source stock photo’s for a piece you are writing, check and amend broken links. They could also help you write an effective blog post outline.
Social media management, updating social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and scheduling Tailwind. Responding to social media posts and developing discussions. Checking online for company mentions and customer feedback. Searching for interesting posts, news and articles to attract site visitors.
Design, I can design social media designs such as Pinterest images or put you in touch with companies such as Logojoy that help small and mid-sized businesses over come the branding hurdle by offering design packages.
Social tasks such as ordering gifts, writing thank you cards, sending invitations.
Outsourcing tasks, researching other professionals in specialised fields that would help you with any tasks such as getting your site better with SEO, sourcing PPC training, or setting up adwords for you. A virtual assistant could source app developers if you wanted your business to have an app.
The above is not at all exhaustive and if there is something you would like to delegate I would suggest asking a virtual assistant, if the one you approach can’t help, they will more than likely be able to recommend someone who can.
*I was invited to review LogoJoy and compensated for my time, but my opinions are my own