5 Tasks A Virtual Assistant Can Do Better Than You
So, you believe there’s no one out there who can get the job done. You want to take control of as many aspects of the business as possible. Sharing responsibility is uncomfortable. As an existing or aspiring leader, you have to set an example for others. A great place to start is stepping outside of your comfort zone. You can’t do everything yourself. You know how the saying goes: “A jack of all trades is a master of none”. You’re just dabbling, especially in areas in which an expert is needed or preferred. If you want to be more effective and get more work done, it would be best to hire a virtual assistant (VA).
To be relevant, successful, and competitive in running your business, it’s crucial to enlist the services of a virtual assistant that carries out personal assistant (PA) tasks. The use of such professionals has risen significantly in the UK in the past 12 months. You can hire someone locally or from another country. UK virtual assistants have years of experience, often speak foreign languages, and have many skills and talents. You may be the CEO of the business, but you don’t have to be great at everything. A virtual assistant can do pretty much everything. The question now is: What can a VA do better? Well, keep on reading to find out.
1. Inbox Management
A neat email inbox helps you recover important messages when you need them. That’s why it’s important to sort out your incoming emails and eliminate distractions. But what if you have no time to spare? If this is the case, delegate inbox management to a virtual assistant. Stop living in your inbox for a change. The VA will achieve and maintain Inbox Zero. You won’t have to worry about emails piling up. Put your virtual assistant to work and create a streamlined inbox. You have so much on your mind already, you don’t need to waste your energy on your email inbox.
You can delegate several types of emails, including those that include tasks you’re not great at. For example, if you don’t have PowerPoint skills, there’s no point in attempting to lack your expertise by using special effects. Since the task doesn’t match your strength, let the virtual assistant handle it. They’ll have the presentation done in no time. Equally, you can delegate emails containing tasks that can be broken down into actionable steps. All you have to do is remain involved with the quality checks and final approval.
One of the most critical aspects of growing your business is employing the right people. If you get it wrong, the time and energy invested in training and managing the new hire will adversely impact the business. The good news is that a virtual assistant can help with the entire employee lifecycle. More exactly, they’ll help you select, interview, and train people. A seasoned VA can offer guidance on how to cultivate organizational and job-specific competencies. You can focus your attention on other aspects of running the company without the headache of HR responsibilities. Thank your virtual assistant for checking important tasks off your to-do list.
3. Project Management
Project management matters because it ensures that what is being delivered is right. The last thing you want is your team to move without direction, control, or purpose. If possible, delegate it all to someone with experience in this area. There’s no better time than now to bring in a virtual assistant who excels at project management. They’ll lead the teams and execute projects to achieve the goals you’ve set for the company. If your day is filled with recurring tasks like email blasts or scheduling, a VA is the best person to take care of them. They’ll be responsible for the final results the team delivers.
4. Blog Commenting
Blog commenting is a simple strategy for building links back to your site. It refers to the comments visible at the bottom of the blog post. You post comments on web pages with a backlink to your site. This practice is helpful in terms of attracting traffic, leads, and adding a social touch. Through blog commenting, you can share knowledge. The more conversation you engage in, the better. You’ll get lots of traffic to your site. Here’s an idea: work with a virtual assistant to market your website.
Surprising as it may seem, blog commenting is still effective. But who has the time for that? A virtual assistant can help you advertise your business in multiple ways. As an entrepreneur, time is your most valuable commodity. There’s a certain amount of work involved when it comes down to blog commenting. It’s not as simple as it seems. It makes sense to go to a VA with your digital marketing needs. You’re not the expert, so stick to what you know best. Being an entrepreneur is stressful; don’t create more stress by trying to do everything yourself.
5. Client Relationship Management
Managing client relationships is critical for any business. For this role, relationship skills are essential. These skills don’t automatically come with the CEO title. Successful relationship-building requires a combination of soft skills, such as empathy, listening skills, emotional intelligence, verbal communication skills, etc. If you’re not up for the challenge, delegate more and worry less. A virtual assistant can deal with incoming inquiries, offer technical support, answer phone calls and emails, update the information on your website, and more. Ask your VA to remind you of client birthdays and anniversaries ahead of time.
All in all, make a not-to-do list. This will help you focus on the most important things in your company. It’s time to learn how to delegate and stop doing things yourself. Working longer hours while trying to be everywhere at once can’t yield good results. Success in business isn’t about how much you can do yourself. Delegate what needs to be achieved and enjoy the fruits of your joint success. Understand that mistakes can happen, and you have someone who is capable of handling the challenges.
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