There are a lot of tasks that a virtual assistant can do from home to shave ours from the employer’s workweek. The number of virtual assistants are growing. They can work with a contract or freelance doing administrative jobs similarly to an executive assistant or a secretary. Vendor and customer service calls to sending out thank you cards to prospective clients are other activities performed by virtual assistants. Here’s a list of tasks that can be delegated to them:


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 Bookkeeping: Keeping tabs on bills and other bookkeeping matters can be one of the easiest things that a virtual assistant to do. Many small businesses choose to share their bookkeeping systems with their virtual assistants who can then follow up on tasks such as outstanding invoices or unpaid bills.


 Online Research: internet research can be easily delegated to virtual assistants. Common requests include finding information on corporate websites, exploring new products and vetting potential employees or business contacts. Be sure to send clear instructions.


 Database entries: Whether it’s a slew of new business cards picked up at a conference or updated information for existing contacts, keeping databases current is a suitable task for virtual assistants.


 Data presentations: Turning raw data into a clear presentation slides or summarising research findings in a text document can be a huge timesaver when prepping for meetings.


 Managing email: Same thing for emails, the virtual assistants will filter most important emails and respond to the rest on your behalf.


 Social tasks: Virtual assistants can be a good bet to handle tasks such as writing holiday cards or sending thank you notes.


 Travel Research: VA re a great resource for finding hotels, booking airfares and mapping out trip itineraries both for business and pleasure. The assistants can take advantage of the growing number of travel research tools and review sites on the Web. They can also deal with the hassle of navigating time zones when booking or researching international travel options.


 Scheduling: Because many scheduling tools are available online, virtual assistants can manage the calendars of many clients. Tasks include dealing with meeting invitations from others, scheduling appointments with clients and helping to plan events.


 Chasing business: Prioritising potential business opportunities can be challenging, but virtual assistants can help with the process.


 Industry knowledge prep: With limited time to keep up with industry news, some small businesses have could use virtual assistants to keep up to date with the most important happenings. Many executives then use the industry information to update their Twitter feed or bring up interesting developments in conversation with customers and prospects.


Myriam Balerio is the founder and writer of PA Privé. After kick starting her career as a PA and finding success as an assistant, Myriam later trained in digital and online marketing and has since combined the two disciplines in creating PA Privé, the platform through which she provides sage advice for those in the assistant profession and a network for like-mined PAs and EAs to connect. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Myriam has lived in London for over 10 years and currently lives in London with her husband and French bulldog.


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