Virtual Assistants and Your Business

Why you really do need to find and partner with a highly competent VA

Denise Griffitts, 'Your Partner In Success™' is a happy nerd in stilettos who works from her beautifully appointed home office with the enthusiastic assistance of her feline office assistants and one woefully outnumbered dog, Abbey Rose.

A long-time virtual assistance industry expert, online business manager, and web developer Denise Griffitts is also the host of the very popular podcast called Your Partner In Success Radio which has been identified on INC. com as one of the best business podcasts you need to be listening to now.

Virtual Assistants and Your Business

“People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because they despair of writing eloquently.” Anna Quindlen

The fact that you will no longer spend time on routine tasks associated with your business is the most prominent reason for hiring virtual assistants.

VAs can be the perfect answer for almost any business that does not require a physical person sitting at a desk. Hiring a VA is the solution to freeing yourself from the mundane, thus allowing you to increase productivity and double your efforts in making your business grow.

Here are just some of the ways that a virtual assistant might help in your business, whether online or offline:

  • Manage your social media efforts. Most likely, by now, you probably have a social media presence. Social media mentions can be valuable for growing your business, and a virtual assistant can take charge of entering data, posting content and responding to emails or blog comments.
  • Set your appointments. If you have a business where you need to set appointments, a virtual assistant can handle your schedule and send you reminders – making sure you have all the documents you need.
  • Manage ‘paperless’ records and provide bookkeeping services. All businesses must perform this tedious task if they are to remain profitable. A virtual assistant that can help manage this area of business and set you free provides an invaluable service.
  • Research and upload valuable information. If your business involves research (such as a content provider), a VA can help you research topics and then send it to you for review. Some business owners spend untold hours in research that relates to their companies.
  • Respond to emails and manage email lists. Internet marketers, who keep extensive mailing lists for their email campaigns, can benefit greatly from having a virtual assistant. VAs can answer and send pertinent emails and set up a list according to categories of clients.
  • Use spreadsheets to compile data for your review. VAs can create and manage spreadsheets compiled from information that you have sent them. Thus, saving you time and energy.
  • Hire employees. If you need to hire employees, a VA can help you perform preliminary research on possible job candidates.
  • Help plan your calendar and coordinate travel plans. When traveling, let your VA know the particulars and have them book your reservations.
  • Research and prepare presentations. Today, it is popular to hold webinars and to create videos for blogs and websites. Your VA can create those presentations for you before you tweak and then deliver them.
  • Coordinate shipping details and place orders. This task is one that you will gladly release to a skilled VA. It is time-consuming and can be a real hassle, especially if you have to spend long hours on the phone.
  • Transcribe conference calls and compile business meetings. As a business owner, you will likely see the value of being able to look back at a carefully composed transcription of an important conference call or business meeting.

VAs offers a wide variety of skills, such as blogging, website development, social media management and many more. Surely you will find one that is the perfect fit for you and your needs – whether online or brick and mortar.

As you can plainly see from what we have discussed thus far, a virtual assistant can manage almost everything to do with your business that does not require a physical presence. There are other skills too that pertain to certain job types – such as a virtual assistant to a real estate agent or a legal professional.