The number of virtual assistants have skyrocketed tremendously over the past few years. There are, literally, tons of courses available online that aim to teach aspiring virtual assistants or VAs to start and grow their own businesses.
I have been working remotely for over a decade now and have picked up so many different skills along the way which have been really useful.
I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked what I really do for a living, like yes, they know I offer virtual solutions, but they want to know what exactly it is that I do for the clients.
Well, truth be told, with the skills I have, I am a jack of all trades. I can build you a website, create content, manage your social media accounts, email and calendar, take over your day-to-day operational tasks, manage your projects and teams, and the list goes on…
Sometimes, I wish I could just clone myself so I can get more things done in a shorter amount of time – which is essentially, why I started my VA business in the first place. I know I’m not alone. I know there are people out there who would love to HAVE MORE TIME FOR THE THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER – like growing and scaling their business, spending more time with family, and focusing on things that bring them joy.
Virtual Assistants: Remote Wonder Worker
Having a virtual assistant in your team will help you minimize workload, utilize resources efficiently and maximize time for other areas that need your focus.
If you are not new in the world of freelancing and remote working, then chances are, you must have already heard of virtual assistants. They are those who provide professional support to entrepreneurs and business owners in a remote setting. Think secretary, or office assistant – but working from home.
There are general or all-around virtual assistants that help you with easy and repetitive but TIME-CONSUMING administrative tasks, and there are also specialized virtual assistants that only focus on their area of expertise, like real estate, SEO, or setting up business systems and automating workflows.
There are so many skills that a virtual assistant can focus on and specialize in. Needless to say, they can do so much more than just administrative tasks.
In this evolving world of tasks and job completion, they can help you with the following areas as well as
- Monthly Reports
- Data Entry
- Event Management
- Website Design
- Content Creation
- Logo & Graphic Design
- Social Media Management
- Community Engagement
- Lead Generation
- Appointment Setting
- Email & Calendar Management
- Customer Service Support
- Administrative Tasks
Outsourcing Virtual Assistants: A Basic Guide
Luckily, the world is never short of talented and credible individuals that can potentially be a part of your team.
However, the outsourcing process should not be rushed. The selection of virtual assistant naturally take time and fair considerations.
You need to choose a person that you can comfortably work with and has the skills required to help you run your business.
The process usually follows these steps:
- Posting a job listing on freelancing platforms and other job marketplaces
- Interested freelancers respond to your listing
- Sift through all of the applicants and conduct an interview
- Hire your first virtual assistant!
There might be cases where you get too many applicants, including bogus ones, that will slow down your selection process. To avoid this, you can post a job listing on reliable freelancing platforms to maximize your search.
If none of these freelancing platforms work out, you can always find a virtual assistant through Facebook groups, Linkedin, or better yet, I can just help you find the best virtual assistant to match your needs.
Once you have chosen your wonder worker, you can start the onboarding process so that he or she can start work immediately.
You can do more research on this, or maybe ask other entrepreneurs how they do their selection process, but remember, there is a no one-size-fits-all approach in outsourcing a virtual assistant.
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