What Does a VA Actually DO? Expert Guest Post
Virtual assistant is a job title I’ve run into several times on the Internet, but I had no clue what they actually did. Until I became friends with one, that is. Kelli, from 3K VA Services, runs her VA business entirely online and provides helpful tips for business management in her blog. I have learned so much from following along with Kelli’s posts, from using Wave for accounting, to Trello for project organization.
So anyway, on the off-chance that you are as mystified as I was about what virtual assistance entails, here’s Kelli to explain it all.
Hi, I’m Kelli, Administrative Magician to badass business owners. I’m going to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about virtual assistants. Understanding the basic information about virtual assistants will help you determine if this option is right for you and your business.
What is a VA?
A VA or virtual assistant provides administrative support to small business owners from a remote location. A remote location can be anywhere. I live on the coast of South Carolina, while one of my clients lives on a farm in Ohio.
Most virtual assistants who work with small business owners do so on an hourly or monthly retainer basis. There are companies that employ full-time VAs as opposed to contract with a VA for services.
What Services Does a Virtual Assistant Provide?
Virtual assistants provide all kinds of administrative support services. The services a virtual assistant chooses to offer usually depends on their skill set and workplace experience. A few examples of tasks a VA can handle are:
- Social Media Management – Finding and scheduling the perfect content for your SM channels
- Email Management – Experience inbox overload daily? A VA can help you clean that up.
- Calendar Management – A VA can schedule and manage your daily calendar.
- Transcription – Sit in on or listen to recorded meetings and transcribe or take notes.
- Blog Management – Schedule posts, create graphics, answer comments, a VA can help with it all.
- Accounting Services – A LOT of small business owners dread the accounting side of business. The right VA can take all of those tasks off your plate so you can focus on the things you really love.
The list is endless. If there’s an administrative task you despise doing somewhere there is a VA ready and willing to take it on for you.
Do I Need A VA?
As your business grows you may find a virtual assistant is just what you need to focus on your business instead of spending all your time working in your business. One of the biggest benefits to hiring a VA is you have help but you don’t have the hassle of an employee. Another benefit is you only pay for the hours a VA works. With an employee you pay them the entire time they are in your establishment.
Wondering if your business is in a place where you need a VA? If you say yes to one or more of the items on the list below it’s time to seriously consider hiring a virtual assistant.
Ready to find your perfect VA? I’m here to help. I’ve got 10 Secrets To Finding The Perfect Virtual Assistant waiting for you over on my website. What are you waiting for? I’ll see you there!