One lesson that entrepreneurs need to learn right away is that virtual assistants can help grow your business. Entrepreneurs are risk takers; they want to be in the driver’s seat and lead the company toward long- term growth and sustainable success. There’s just one problem: You can’t do it alone.
You need help. More accurately, you need assistance of the virtual kind. Here are 5 types of virtual assistants that every business needs to go to the next level:
The foundation of the Virtual Assistant lies in the ability to provide administrative support. Entrepreneurs often find themselves overwhelmed with the sheer volume of responsibilities that accumulate for every overlooked task.
You need a Virtual Assistant who can handle the following administrative services:
- E-mail Filtering
- Calendar Management
- Appointment Setting
- Follow Up Calls
- File Management
- Phone Handling
- Transcription Services
- Preparation of Presentation Materials
- Bills Payment
- Online Interviews
By delegating these tasks to a Virtual Assistant, you can allocate more time to attending to the core functions of your business.
Many businesses fail because the owners were not able to consistently keep track of the flow of money. You cannot support expansion programs more so fund operating expenses properly if you do not know where your money is going.
You can hire a Virtual Assistant with an accounting or clerical background and can render the following services:
- Payroll Preparation
- Preparation of Financial Statements
- Preparation of Cash Disbursement Schedule
- Accounts Management of Payables and Receivables
- Inventory Management
IT/ Website Support
If you have a website, you should have it audited from time – to – time for upgrades, maintenance or improvements.
You do not have to keep the Virtual Assistant for IT/ Website Support full- time. But it is absolutely important to have him or her on speed dial for immediate repairs. Remember your website is your place of business online. If it breaks down, you may lose a fortune on unearned revenue.
Can you imagine waking up one morning and the first thing you see online is a warning that your website has been hacked?
- Trouble shooting
- Web Analytics
Online Marketing Service
It doesn’t matter what the nature or industry of your business is. You need online marketing services. This is the most cost efficient approach to marketing. Statistics fully support the value of online marketing.
A Virtual Assistant can manage the following online marketing services for you:
- Search Engine Optimization or SEO
- Social Media Marketing
- Pay- Per- Click Advertising
- Online Advertising
A significant component of online marketing is content writing. People are highly influenced by the content that they come across. This is the reason why businesses regularly outsource blogging work.
It is not part of their core competence and they want the blogger to manage the entire project. The objective is to deliver fresh, engaging and relevant content that compels readers to take action.
Your Virtual Assistant can create content for the following:
- Web Copy
- Marketing Copy
You do not have to hire these 5 types of virtual assistants at one time. You can start out with administrative support, accounting and have IT/ website support on call. As your business begins to gain traction, you can bring in the online marketer and the content writer.