What Kind of Tasks Do VAs Do?


What Kind of Tasks Do Virtual Assistants Do

VAs (virtual assistants) are talented people with skill sets in all areas. Most can handle day-to-day administrative tasks like managing email, answering phones, internet research and so forth. In addition to these services, many bring specialized skills and training to the table such as web design, accounting, video creation or programming.

While it is impossible to list everything, here are some of the more common tasks that VAs can handle:

Autoresponder SetupBlog Comment PostingContact ManagementCopy Editing

AccountingAdvertising Campaign Management
Advertising CopyAffiliate Management
Affiliate Program Set UpAffiliate Recruitment
Affiliate Sales, Reports & PayoutsAnswer Emails
Answer Help Desk TicketsAnswer Phone Calls
Answer Snail MailAnswer Voice Mails & Faxes
Article DistributionArticle Topic Research
Audio Recording & EditingAudio Transcription
Blog InstallationBlog Maintenance: Upgrades, Plugins, etc.
Blog Post SchedulingBook Travel Arrangements
BookkeepingBranding Assistance
Business PlanCD/DVD Cover or Sleeve design
CD/DVD Creation & DuplicationCompetitor Research
Customer SupportData Entry
Database Development & MaintenanceDesign – Banners, Buttons, etc.
Design – Covers for Ebooks, Reports, etc.Design – Graphic Editing
Design – Website Logos/HeadersDesign – Website Themes & Templates
Desktop Publishing – Brochures, Business Cards, etc.Direct Mail Marketing
Draft Letters, Agendas & Other Business DocumentsEbook Formatting
Event PlanningFlash Animation
Guest Speaker ResearchIllustrations
Information Product ResearchInterviews
Invoicing & PayrollKeyword Research
Link BuildingLocate Affiliate Products to Promote
Manual/User Guide/FAQ CreationMarket Research
Marketing Campaign ManagementMessage Board Management
Message Board ModerationMessage Board Posting
Newsletter Distribution – Print & DigitalPay-Per-Click Set Up & Maintenance
Photo EditingPodcast Set Up & Management
Podcast RecordingPost Card Marketing
PowerPoint PresentationsPress Release Distribution
Product DevelopmentProduct Reviews
Product ShippingProject Management
ProofreadingPublicity Management
Report FormattingScheduling Appointments, Interviews, etc.
Search Engine OptimizationSend Faxes
Shopping Cart Set Up & MaintenanceSign up for Affiliate Programs
Social Bookmark & Networking ManagementSpreadsheet Set Up & Maintenance
Survey Set Up & MaintenanceTeleseminar Recording
Teleseminar Set UpTrack Affiliate IDs, Sales, etc.
TranscriptionVideo Creation
Video EditingWebinar Set Up
Website – Set up & MaintenanceWebsite – Updating Content
Word ProcessingWriting Copy

While it is impossible to list everything, click here to learn some of the more common tasks that VAs can handle for you and your business.This list could go on and on. As technology, business and marketing techniques evolve and improve, so do the talents of virtual assistants. Whether you need a Jack or Jill of all trades or someone who is talented in one particular area, chances are you can find a Virtual Assistant to fit your needs.

Now that you have an idea of the tasks a VA can do, here is a quick exercise to help you determine what items to outsource. We are doing this the old fashion way, so grab a pencil and paper.

Think about all the tasks, large and small, that you do in a day, week or month for your business. Use the list above if you need help. Once your list is complete, go over it again scoring each one based on the list below.

1 – I enjoy this task
2 – Not my favorite, but it’s ok
3 – Eh, I could take it or leave it
4 – I wish someone else would do it
5 – Thinking about it makes me ill

You may want to add to this list, or create a separate list of projects that you need or would like to have done, but you do not know how to do. Once you complete the exercise, you should have an idea of which tasks to outsource. If your list is long, don’t panic, nothing says you have to outsource everything at once, or at all.

If you’re not sure how to get started on your road to business success, please visit the
Getting Started page as it will help point you in the right direction.

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