If you are a small business owner who has recently decided to make the brave jump to outsourcing, you might be wondering exactly what it is you need to outsource. Every company is different of course, but you should be focusing on the core business tasks that make your brand and business tick and excites customers.
Here are 5 tasks that you should think about outsourcing to your virtual assistant to help free up your time and to assist the company in growing.
1. One of the first, and easiest, things that a virtual assistant can help with is the bookkeeping. An assistant can keep track of all invoices and bills, chasing payments and keeping a clear and accurate record of all outstanding and unpaid bills. You can rest easy that one of the major factors in a successful business is being looked after on your behalf.
2. Data entry and presentation of data are another aspect of a business that is often overlooked. They are important as data entry keeps records up-to-date and accurate, creating mailing lists, supplier and customer lists and expanding your network as you grow. Taking raw data and finding the right way to display it could be crucial when discussing a project with a client, your virtual assistant has the time to work out the best way to display data to aid you in your work.
3. Your virtual assistant could be the key to unlocking potential partnerships and customers. They can virtually communicate with potential leads that you just don’t have the time to. An assistant can then research these leads in time for meetings you have in person with them, as well as keeping you up to date with market trends and your competitors through thorough research.
4. One of the biggest tasks a virtual assistant can help with is the managing of your diary and arranging your time. They can keep an eye on your inbox, prioritising emails for you to deal with directly. From there a good virtual assistant will arrange your time accordingly, scheduling appointments, planning meeting locations and booking any travel arrangements you need.
5. A virtual assistant can also help you organise your private and social life, as your personal PA, as well as helping with work commitments. This can mean you have a clear idea of time for you to enjoy and switch off from work. Your assistant can filter social engagements, birthdays, anniversaries and other important dates for you to remember, away from the business content so you have a clear line between the two.
Putting together a plan for your virtual assistant to maximise their time and yours will boost productivity, efficiency, and over time see you develop your business in a smart way. There are countless things that you can outsource to a virtual assistance to help with the day-to-day running off your business, allowing you to focus on the important, central aspects of the company.