Last month I attended Be The Change and talked to several entrepreneurs who were still trying to do everything themselves. The two things I kept hearing were, “What can a Virtual Assistant/Online Business Manager do?” and “I don’t know what to send to a VA.” And there were one or two entrepreneurs who had never heard of a Virtual Assistant, so we’ll start with what a VA is.
According to International Virtual Assistants Association, “A Virtual Assistant (VA) is an independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative and/or technical services. Utilizing advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in his/her area of expertise from his/her own office on a contractual basis.”
So what types of tasks can a VA perform? This varies by the Virtual Assistant firm, but can include:
- client concierge
- online marketing activities
- shopping cart setup and maintenance (some may specialize in Infusionsoft, 1Shopping Cart, etc.)
- website design and updating
- project management (general projects, virtual events, online telesummits, etc.)
To determine what you’re currently doing that a Virtual Assistant or Online Business Manager could do for you, track your activities for a week. Keep a list of everything you’re doing. Now, what can ONLY YOU do? These are the obvious tasks like talking with clients, creating new products or services, and networking. [Read more…] about Are You Ready For A VA?