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The Most Unique Ways to Use a Virtual Assistant

By Barbara Beauregard   |    October 10, 2016   |    10:58 AM

A virtual assistant can be a godsend for entrepreneurs with strict budgets and limited time.

If you'd like to streamline your daily operations and shave valuable hours off your workweek, learn some creative ways to offload tedious but critical responsibilities.

Surveys:

Savvy entrepreneurs know that in-depth feedback is the fuel behind a successful marketing campaign. A virtual assistant can bring considerable insight into your campaign and help you make decisions about product development by gathering survey results.

Mailings and Media Campaigns:

As important as they are, mass mailing and media campaigns can steal your attention off key business dealings. Trained to provide executive-level support, some virtual assistants are adept at coordinating these campaigns, so you can focus your talents elsewhere.

Social Media: 

To reach their full potential, growing businesses must develop relationships through social media platforms. Unfortunately, this can be a tedious endeavor. A virtual assistant can dedicate his or her full attention to your social media campaign to help acquire new customers and improve your company's reputation.

Appointments and Events: 

You can't streamline your business unless you streamline your day. A virtual assistant can make your life less stressful and more efficient by scheduling and confirming appointments, taking reservations, registering for conferences and seminars, booking flights and reserving hotel rooms.

Personal Tasks: 

Although they may have nothing to do with work, personal tasks can interfere with your business. By offloading these necessary but disruptive responsibilities, you can spend more time growing your customer pool.

What you need, when you need it:

Virtual assistants bring a number of benefits that can take a business to the next level. Since these services are scalable, entrepreneurs are able to offload just a few tasks at first and then add more as they see fit. Many times, small business owners begin using virtual assistants for simple administrative tasks. In time, however, they find themselves handing over their calendars, social media accounts, blogs, payrolls and anything else they can think of.

Things to Consider:

While a virtual assistant can provide invaluable executive-level support, not all offer the same qualifications. Before you endow an assistant with a key task, make sure you've vetted the provider to see if its professional assistants receive comprehensive training. After all, even the most tedious and time-consuming task contributes to your business's growth potential.