As a business owner, you probably have a lot on your plate. There may not always be enough hours in the day to get everything done. A never-ending to-do list can be frustrating and overwhelming. Fortunately, we live in a digital age where an abundance of virtual assistant services are available. If you’re feeling swamped, there are seven tasks you can outsource immediately.
1. Posting and Responding on Social Media
Networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are gold mines for lead generation. However, they also require a lot of upkeep. A virtual assistant (VA) can handle the more time consuming aspects like posting content from your blog and curating content from relevant industry sites. You can also have employees promptly respond to comments so that you don’t leave leads hanging.
2. Online Research
Sales and marketing research as well as researching industry trends are extremely important. This is what enables you to create valuable content and identify potential opportunities. A manual approach can be a time drainer. A VA can do the heavy lifting and provide you with actionable intel.
3. File Management
Do you save and store files digitally on platforms like Google Drive and Dropbox? Things get out of control in a hurry without ongoing file management. A VA can stay on top of this at all times so that your files are labeled, categorized and organized for easy retrieval.
4. Invoicing Clients
In terms of the financial/accounting side of things, a VA will be able to handle basic invoicing as well. They will ensure that all invoices are created correctly and go out on time without having to handle it yourself.
5. Proofreading/Editing Blog Posts
It’s really important that your blog posts are flawless from a spelling and grammatical standpoint. Glaring errors make you look unprofessional and can be a deal breaker for would-be customers. There are numerous VA services that will proofread and edit your blog posts to ensure they’re error free. You can even have freelance writers handle content creation entirely.
6. Creating Analytics Reports
Whether you’re monitoring the effectiveness of your SEO campaign, social media or PPC, you’ll need access to accurate reporting. A VA will take care of the more arduous elements of this process so that you have continually fresh reports at your fingertips.
7. Sending Email Blasts
According to research from Statista, “86 percent of consumers would like to receive promotional emails from companies they do business with at least monthly, and 15 percent would like to get them daily.” Why not have a VA take care of engaging and maintaining your email subscriptions? They can write emails, feature relevant promotions, respond to inquiries and so on.
If you’re pressed for time, hiring a VA makes all the sense in the world. These are just a few of the tasks you can outsource, and there are many other possibilities depending upon your specific needs. For more information on how the process works and advice for getting started, listen to this podcast from outsourcing expert Chris Ducker.