According to Wikipedia:
A virtual assistant (VA) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.
Simply put, a virtual assistant is an assistant who works virtually. She could be working out of a home office, from a hotel room, a coffee shop - literally anywhere that suits.
Services they provide can range from email management, customer support/help desk, web design, transcription, graphic work, calendar management, data entry and more.
The benefits of having a VA are:
You can see that there are some pretty big benefits to outsourcing virtually.
But what sorts of tasks can you entrust to someone who isn’t in the next office? Well, keep reading..
What Can a Virtual Assistant Do for You and Your Business
There are a lot of different things a VA can do for you and your business.
For You, the main thing to remember is with the help of a VA, you can stop spending time on time consuming tasks and projects, and focus instead on those tasks you enjoy doing. You may also find that once you hand over those tasks you found to be time consuming, your VA will spend less time than you did on them!
For Your Business, here are some of the basic things a VA can do for you:
This is just a small list of some basic tasks a VA can do for you in you. Of course there are things that require more skill that you can also hand over to a VA, such as:
Again, this is just a small list of some of the tasks that require more of a skill set, but that can also be handed off to a trusted VA. This list is definitely not exhaustive and there are a lot of other jobs that can be outsourced as well.
By now, you should have a great starting point for brainstorming some of the ways that a Virtual Assistant can help you build and grow a successful business. Probably one of the easiest ways to get started with outsourcing to a VA is by making a list of the top three things you need to get done in your business, but that you don't like doing. You know that list of tasks that you never seem to find time to do? Yes, those are the perfect projects to get started with!