How much of your workday is spent working on projects that will move your career and company forward versus the ones on your to-do list that have to get done but don't make a big impact? You can get more done in less time by outsourcing some of your tedious tasks to an assistant so you can focus your time and energy on high-level assignments. You don't even need to have an office space or the funds to pay someone's full-time salary and benefits – you can hire a part-time virtual assistant on an as-needed basis. Check tasks such as data entry, bookkeeping, social media management, and scheduling meetings off your list by calling in remote reinforcements. Ready to get started? Here are five things to delegate to a virtual assistant ASAP.
Work on bringing home the money, not recording every single financial transaction. When your bookkeeping is up to date, you can make informed decisions about how to spend money and the number of sales and clients you need to hit your financial goals. It will also make your life much easier come tax season because you – or your accountant – won't be furiously shuffling through stacks of receipts and invoices to jog your memory on your income, expenses, and possible tax deductions.
A stellar social media presence can turn customers into lifelong buyers because they understand the brand story, feel heard, and the company is top-of-mind because they see your posts and social media ads frequently. It can be tough to come up with high-quality social media posts and time-consuming to interact with followers and people who post about your brand – but social media isn't meant to be a one-sided conversation where you post without listening and engaging. A talented social media manager can create 'like-worthy' content and keep the conversation flowing for you.
The only thing worse than spending your day in meetings that could have been covered off via email is knowing that you had to be part of the long email chain to schedule the meetings. The back and forth of suggesting dates, patiently (or not so patiently) waiting for responses, then realizing you now have a conflict and have to start over again isn't the best use of your time. You should spend time making sure your work is meeting-ready, not organizing the actual meetings.
Data entry can be a drag whether you are tracking shipments, updating your customer relationship management (CRM) system, transferring data into content management systems (CMS), or doing something else entirely. Even though it's tedious (read: boring) it has to get done. Like bookkeeping, it's more efficient and effective to stay up to date along the way instead of getting stuck with an influx of content to enter all at once. But you don't have to be the one to do it – step away from the spreadsheets and work on creating the content, increasing brand awareness, and building relationships.
More sales often mean more customer service inquiries. Even the best brands make mistakes and have underwhelmed customers and clients every so often, but what sets them apart from other brands is that they are quick to respond and rectify the situation. A virtual customer service assistant can field calls, emails, and social media comments for you so you can focus on using the feedback to improve your products and services. Ready to spend less time on busywork and more time on important business decisions? Fiverr freelance virtual assistants are just a click away. What are some things on your to-do list that you would love a virtual assistant to do for you? Let us know in the comments!