One of the questions I get the most is, “How will a virtual assistant help me?” Business owners often feel overwhelmed and stuck, but they can be reluctant to hand over the reins to someone else.
In addition to the main services I offer (writing and posting blogs, email and calendar management, social media updating, transcription, etc.), here are five things that I can also do for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
1. Bookkeeping & Invoicing
Two of your favorite things, right? Not. A virtual assistant can pay bills online, prepare end-of-month reports, track accounts payable and receivable, and more. You can also email your hours for each client to the VA, and she or he can prepare invoices for you.
Even better: use an online time tracking service like Toggl.com to track your billable hours—that way, your virtual assistant can log in, prepare invoices, and send them to you to look over before they go out to your clients.
2. Human Resources
Need to hire a new employee? A virtual assistant can help you post job listings, filter applicants and send you the most-qualified candidates, schedule interviews, respond to candidates, and more.
3. Event Planning
A virtual assistant can be a lifesaver when it comes to planning your next event. Your VA can research venues, get quotes, send out event announcements, confirm that the necessary equipment (stage, projector, refreshments, etc.) will show up on time, and maintain contact with you to help with any troubleshooting during the actual event.
4. Word Processing
Take a lot of handwritten notes that you need typed? Easy. Use a mobile phone scanning app to turn your physical notes in digital PDFs. Email the PDFs to your VA to type up and return to you in Word format (or whatever format you need them in).
5. Travel Reservations
Planning a trip? A virtual assistant can research flights, car rentals, and hotels and send you a list of the top picks. Then, she or he can manage the reservations for you. Bonus: while you’re away, your VA can respond to routine requests and forward important messages to you as needed.
Interested to find out how a VA can help you save time and money? Contact me to schedule your free consultation.